CAPS United………. (1) 1
CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe has built a reputation for trusting the tried-and-tested old war horses.
Yesterday, the veteran gaffer decided to throw a relatively young line-up into yesterday’s Chibuku Super Cup Round of 16 tie against Hwange at Bata.
And the young guns, averaging 24 years, brought in the energy and eliminated the coalminers, thanks to a Clive Rupiya’s solitary strike, in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
Chitembwe was excited with how the young players carried themselves in yesterday’s game.
“I thought it was a very difficult game as we anticipated,” Chitembwe said.
“But, all the same, I am very happy with the fact that we did manage to go through.
“I am also delighted with the fact that this season we did manage to come up with a team that has an average age of about 24 years.
“The oldest player in the team was Rodwell (Chinyengetere) who was the only one over 30 years old.
“So, progressively, that’s the way to go and I am extremely happy from that viewpoint”.
“I thought we had control (in the game), we had better chances and better opportunities. I am extremely happy with the goal that we scored.
“I am sure it was a typical training (ground) goal because during the course of the week we were trying to work around those situations knowing pretty well that the physical condition of the pitch was never going to allow us to play the game that we normally play.
“Obviously we were looking forward to capitalising on set pieces and I am extremely happy to see it coming into fruition”.
Hwange coach Nation Dube said:
“We didn’t play anything in the first half,” said Dube.
“We tried to come back in the second half but the goals didn’t come”.