Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
DEPARTING Lloyd Chitembwe oversaw his last game as CAPS United coach with a 2-1 win over Highlanders at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.
Chitembwe, who is set to join Harare City, will face the same opponents – Highlanders – in his first assignment at the Sunshine Boys.
The championship winning coach waved goodbye to Makepekepe faithful who responded by saluting him after the final whistle.
And when quizzed to discuss about his imminent departure in a post-match press conference, Chitembwe declined to talk about the issue.
His body language and communication with the fans after the match, however, spoke of a man who is on his way out.
“I’ve been always like this. It’s unfortunate that people read a lot through body language, but you don’t know how I feel inside.
“Sometimes you win and if you don’t win the way you exactly want you wouldn’t be happy because you know there will be a lot of work ahead of you.
“Body language for me is not important, what is more important is my mental setting and for people to read into bod language is asking of too much,” he said.
When quizzed further, he told journalists that he will not respond to questions concerning his future.
“I feel people tend to put so much importance of things that are irrelevant. I think other issues are a distraction to the performance of the team and for now let’s not talk about anything.
“Let’s talk about the team, the result, the performance, I am prepared to respond to those questions.
“I don’t want things that take away the glossy from this performance, that subject is for another day not today,” said Chitembwe.
Highlanders were the first to find the back of the net, nine minutes into the game through Ray Lunga before Kelvin Ndebele and Clive Rupiya scored in the same half to give Makepekepe the win.
Chitembwe said CAPS showed ‘great maturity’ to win against a team like Highlanders.
“It was a very good game, the boys showed great maturity because it’s never easy playing Highlanders and get goals in the first 45 minutes and go on to seal the game. It’s not so easy against a top side like Highlanders,” said Chitembwe.
Bosso head coach Mandla Mpofu said they came into the match as underdogs and their performance proved that they had done their ‘homework’ well.
“We came here as underdogs looking at how CAPS have been playing, but coming to this game and scoring first which was a sign of how we did our homework.
“We made some mistakes in the first half, which I think could have been avoided. We could have got a goal in the second half, if not two.”
In the dying minutes of the match, Mpofu and his players mobbed the referee claiming that a Prince Dube effort which cleared by Prosper Chigumba had crossed the line.
Mpofu spoke on the incident, “maybe denied goal, maybe it was in, maybe it was out I am not sure. But if it was in, football is about luck. . . we don’t want to be crybabies as coaches where we always talk about officials, they are human beings they make mistakes.”