It took the rather clumsiness of Zvirekwi to make life hard for Makepekepe as the Lloyd Chitembwe led squad bowled out of the Chibuku Super Cup on a 4-5 penalty margin against minors, Tsholotsho FC.
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Kicking off the match at 1530hours as the United players staged a sit in in protest of unpaid dues, it was rather pretty obvious that the Grwen Machine may not make it to the next round of the Chibuku Cup.
Starting the match on a second fiddle basis, United had a story to tell as evidenced by the body players exhibited by the crop.
Despite being involved in most cases of action, Zvirekwi, who was operating way below par, would unnecessarily lose possession leaving the rear guard much exposed.
On the 20th minute, Makatuka and Dauda were caught on sixes and sevens instantly giving the visitors the lead through Nkosilatu Moyo.
The goal increased the tempo of the game with Makepekepe on the receiving end as the goal scorer terrorized the Caps half, with United on the mercy of Edmore Sibanda who was however pulled out after picking an injury paving way for Jorum Muchambo.
The scoreline stood upto halftime with Makepekepe proving clueless.
On resumption, Kudzi Nyamupfukudza was relegated to the bench and Dominic Chungwa was introduced and the change breathed a new lease of life to the home side as they started firing from all cylinders but Simba Nhivi and Joel Ngodzo were found wanting on several occasions, taking turns to miss the target.
The left flanks assigned to Ronald Pfumbidzai and Phineas Bhamusi was however lively but the attacking personnel was a major let down.
Hard work finally rewarded after Josta found a well positioned Simba Nhivi on the right wing and the later pumped in a five star delivery into the box only for Ronald Pfumbidzai to do justice by firing it home to restore the parity with about 12 minutes remaining on the clock.
The score line stood upto fulltime, and the match had to bw decided by a penalty lottery.
On the opening of the proceedings was Hardlife Zvirekwi whose effort was parried out by Tsholotsho goalie.
All other takers managed to find the back of the net but the visitors had to smile all the way after scoring all what was on stake, leaving the home side on a 4-5 deficit to progress to the next round of the Chibuku Super Cup.
In other Chibuku Super Cup matches played across the country, high flying FC Platinum dismissed Chapungu 2 nil, whilst Bulawayo City succumbed to a 1-0 defeat in Nyamhunga.
Tonderai Ndiraya continued with fine form by dismissing Hwange by 2 goals to 1.
Tomorrow Dynamos and How mine will lock horns at Rufaro stadium, with Bosso hosting a tricky Mutare City at Emagumeni.
Triangle under the tutelage of David Mandigora will host Rahman Gumbo’s Chicken Inn at Gibbo stadium.