After taking the aerial route to Bulawayo for their Premier Soccer League match day eight against Chicken Inn, Makepekepe collected yet another set of maximum points after handing the Rahman Gumbo led side a 1-2 defeat at Luveve this afternoon.
The game started on a high tempo right from the first whistle, with the home side proving more determined. Chicken Inn got their first real chance in as early as the 3rd minute through Edmore Chirambadare who connected off a Teenage Hadebe cross but his effort was repelled away by Jorum Muchambo.
Makepekepe had to play second fiddle in the first 15 minutes of the first half but it took the courage of Joel Ngodzo to wake up Elvis Chipezeze in goals for the home side after roasting Hadebe for dead before unleashing a thunder but Chicken Inn goalie had to go airborne to deny the visitors the lead.
Dominic Chungwa was left cursing the football gods after his effort crushed against woodwork in the 27th minute as united was now camped in the Chicken Inn half launching attack after another.
On the 31st minute, Joel ‘Josta’ Ngodzo roasted his marker setting up Chungwa who finds a well-positioned Abas Amidu who made no mistake but only directed his effort on target beating Chipezeze all systems out to put the visitors on the lead.
But Makepekepe joy was cut short after Chirambadare find the equalizer only 2 minutes after United’s goal as the home side, driving the ball from the centre circle placing it behind Muchambo.
Action continued with the ball swinging from end to end with Kudzie Nyamupfukudza doing what he knows best, controlling the midfield in a spectacular way exchanging some beauties with Joel Ngodzo and Amidu inflicting havoc for the home team on the middle of the park.
2 minutes were added as ainjury time and referee of the day, Bhamala, blew his whistle to mark the end of the opening half, with the scoreboard reading 1 all.
Second half resumed and no changes were done to the starting line ups by both coaches.
Before the home team settled, Tsipa who was on top of his game today, connected well to a cross from Bhamusi from the left wing, and found the back of the net on the 48th minute, through a header, to put United back on the driving seat, and that proved to be the winning goal and was enough to secure maximum points for united.
A tactical change was implemented by Chitembwe who relegated Tsipa to the bench in preference of Method Mwanjali, a set up that Makepekepe faithfuls would deem a defensive one, and Valentine Musarurwa was sacrificed for Zvikomborero Bizeki, and the later did not disappoint.
Through Passmore Bernard and Edmore Chirambadare, the Gamecocks made the Makepekepe rear guard of Makatuka, Pfumbidzai, Dauda, and Bizeki to work over time as the former were pressing hard to find the elusive equalizer.
5 minutes were added as injury time, but the Home team could not reduce the arrears as the damage had already been done, and Bhamala blew his whistle to bring down the curtain, ensuring Makepekepe leap from Highlanders to settle on the second position on the PSL log standings.
After the match, Lloyd Chitembwe was a happy man.
“We played according to our plans and I assembled the right team for the right match,”said a visibly happy Green Machine gaffer.
His opposite number, Rahman Gumbo, had lack of training to blame.
“My boys could not rise up to the occasion obviously due to fatigue and lack of training as we played against Mutare City on Sunday at Sakubva,” said Gumbo.
Makepekepe board member, Desmond Ali, was also present at Luveve.
“We are happy for the win and we look forward to our next matches. We are planning to use the aerial route on all our upcoming Bulawayo matches,” said Ali.
CAPS United flew this morning to Bulawayo for their away match against Chicken Inn, and are expected to be in Harare tonight as they are flying back.
Here are today’s match results
BORDER STRIKERS FINALLY WIN
RESULTS AND LOG
Bulawayo City 1
Ngezi Platinum 0
Zpc Kariba 1
Border Strikers 1 (Kwasho 65′)
Chicken Inn 1 (Chirambadare 33′)
Caps United 2 (Amidu 31′, Tsipa 47′)
Triangle 3 (Kawondera 48′, N Mazivisa 69′,
S Makoni 84′)
Mutare City 1 (! Pen 90′)
Thursday 26 May
How Mine vs Fc Platinum
Friday 27 May
Harare City vs Chapungu
Saturday 28 May
Dynamos vs Highlanders
Rufaro ( supersport)