Elrol Akbay became the hero of the day after completing a double on perennial arch rivals Dynamos after posting a 2-1 victory at Emagumeni on Sunday.
BY VA GADENI ~ EDITOR
Masimba Mambare punished his former pay masters in the 28 minute silencing the Soweto bay.
The scoreline stood upto half time.
Second half resumed with Bosso searching for a hard to find equaliser.
Dividends finally paid for the home team after Ndlovu leveled the matters in the 77th minute, and amid wild celebrations at the Soweto end, ageless veteran Ralph Matema doubled the lead on the 80th minute.
The scoreline stood upto full time.
At the Colliery, Hwange and ZPC Kariba played a one all draw.
At Sakubva, Triangle United succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of new boys Mutare City Rovers.
In the capital, boys were separated from men, chuff from grain and former champions from contenders, that was the case at the giant national sports stadium on Sunday where CAPS United rekindled their title hopes by keeping pace with pace setters FC Platinum as they dismissed Chicken Inn by a goal to nil courtesy of Leonard Tsipa’s penalty.
Starting on a low tempo with more battle being confined to the midfield, the visitors were more comfortable on the ball with Tarumbwa and Matawu trying to break the Makepekepe defense.
United’s first real chance came after 20 minutes of football action after a five star delivery by Phineas Bhamusi finding a running Simba Nhivi but the later’s effort was only denied by the cross bar.
Despite dominating on the back and centre, United failed to open the goals account with Nhivi, on several occasions, found wanting in front of goals.
On the 25th minute, Tsipa almost found the back of the net off a corner kick delivery on point by Ronald Pfumbidzai but the former’s header missed by an inch.
Joel Ngodzo who was having a good day in the office operating on the far right flank had to send the famous bay 14 to the toes in applause of a job well done after roasting, turning and beating his markers for dead before unleashing a thunder but Elvis Chipezeze had to go airborne to deny the home side the lead on the half hour mark.
The match restarted and United capitalized on a defensive blunder by the Rahman Gumbo led side with Muchenje letting in a glorious chance to go screaming despite having the easiest of all tasks.
The Gamecocks counter attacked but Zikipa had to parry out 3 corner kicks in succession with Simba Nhivi losing possession unnecessarily.
With less than 10 minutes before half time, Lloyd Chitembwe was forced to bring in Kudzie Nyamupfukudza after captain Moses Muchenje picked an ankle injury.
At half time, no changes were recorded on the score board.
Second half resumed but it was the visitors who came a more determined side capitalizing on the absence of Muchenje and pressure piled on the home side, with Matawu asking too many questions on Edmore Sibanda who however had ready answers to deny Chicken inn the lead.
United however crawled back into the match but Simba Nhivi on several occasions failed to do justice to his team’s efforts.
Chicken Inn almost broke the silence after Kutinyu had stolen the show, only for Sibanda to come to the rescue after poor communication by his defenders.
On the one hour mark, Zvirekwi took matters into his own hands through a solo run wide on the right flank, turning his marker in the box before releasing the ball to a well positioned Joel Ngodzo.
Josta turned his marker in a ‘show me your number’ fashion and unleashed a thunder on target but his effort was only cleared using the hand by the Chicken Inn defender Lawrence Mhlanga, and the referee blew his whistle pointing to the spot.
Up stepped veteran Leonard Tsipa for the huge and much anticipated task, beating Elvis Chipezeze, in goals for the Gamecocks, all systems out to put United on the driving seat.
Wild celebrations ensued at the western bays occupied by the Makepekepe faithfuls as Tsipa took his tally to 9, and is currently leading the golden boot race.
The goal breathed a new lease of confidence to the Green Machine and the tempo of the game went up, with United launching one attack after the other.
Chicken inn tried banking on counter attacks but the equaliser proved too elusive, forcing Gumbo to bring in Lawe, sacrificing Chris Semakweri to the bench.
United’s lack of concentration nearly gave the visitors an equaliser through Lawe, only for Pfumbidzai to clear on the line.
With about ten minutes to full time, Hardlife Zvirekwi was left cursing the gods of football after his free kick effort crushed against the woodwork, denying Makepekepe an insurance goal to double the lead.
5 minutes were added as injury time but the damage had already been done to the visitors.
The match ended 1-0 in favour of the Green Machine.