It is only in football where boys can be seperated from men, and that was the case at the giant National Sports Stadium where Makepekepe had to snatch a very late winning goal to collect maximum points to keep the title hopes very much alive.
CAUSEMORE GADENI AT NSS
Enthusiasm, hard work, passion and fighting spirit is what characterized the thrilling encounter of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match day 25 giving fans who thronged the giant stadium a true value for their money.
Makepekepe took the lead in the 26th through Dennis Dauda who connected well to a curling Ronald Pfumbidzai corner kick to put the home side on the lead.
The match continued to swing from end to end as the visitors piled pressure in search of the equaliser but it was too elusive.
Wild celebrations ensued in the famous bay 14 in the 37th minute when veteran and ageless Leonard Tsipa doubled the lead giving Makepekepe the insurance goal with 7 minutes to half time.
The result stood upto half time and was a sigh of relief to the United family as FC Platinum sent Dembare packing yesterday opening a 4 point gap.
On resumption to the second stanza, United had to play second fiddle on most occasions as Howmine launched one attack after the other leaving the Makepekepe rearguard of Hardlife Zvirekwi, Dennis Dauda, Stephen Makatuka and Ronald Pfumbidzai to shift to over drive to keep Kuda Musharu and Milton Ncube at bay.
12 minutes after the one hour mark, dividends finally paid for the visitors after Nguwodzawo pulled one back through a header to reduce the arrears off a corner kick.
The goal breathed a new lease of life to Kelvin Kaindu’s men as they raised their confidence bar to give Makepekepe a torrid time, with more battle being confined to the midfield.
With 3 minutes before normal regulation time, United threw in the towel as Jorum Muchambo hacked down Toto Banda who was heading towards the goal area and Norman Matemera, the man in the middle, pointed to the spot.
Milton Ncube stepped up and Muchambo was send to the wrong side leaving Howmine to level the matters breaking all hearts housed on bay 14.
Match restarted and 5 minutes were added.
United piled pressure and Chafa’s effort was paried out for a corner kick.
United’s dead ball specialist , Ronald Pfumbidzai, took the challenge as he told his fellows to be concentrated at the goal area.
His curling effort found a well positioned Dominic Chungwa who came in as a substitute who headed it home beating Donovan Bernard all systems out to put CAPS United back on the lead ensuring the Harare giants remain very much within the touching distance with only a minute left.
The match ended 3-2 in favour of Makepekepe who remain a point behind of FC Platinum.
Highlanders 2 (Munawa 73′, Mudzingwa Pen 90+4′)
Ngezi Platinum 1 (Tatenda Mchisa 65′)
Caps United 3 (Dauda 26′, Tsipa 37′, Chungwa 90+3)
How Mine 2 (Nguwodzawo 72′, M Ncube 87′)
Triangle 1 (Mukumba Pen 77′)
Chicken Inn 1 (Majika 8′)
Hwange 1 (Mucheneka 18′)
Border Strikers 0
Mutare City 0
Zpc Kariba 0