Another set of crucial maximum points were collected at the ceremonial home of football by the trailblazing CAPS United as Chitembwe’s side puts one hand on the championship.
BY CAUSEMORE GADENI
Leonard Tsipa scored a beautiful header off a Ronald Pfumbidzai corner kick in the 3rd minutes and the City Fathers could not recover.
The game swinged from end to end with most battle being confined to the midfield with an equal percentage of possession allocated to both teams.
On the half hour mark, Leonard Tsipa nearly doubled the lead but his goal was ruled off side.
With about 10 minutes before half time, Lloyd Chitembwe was forced to make an injury inspired substitution after striker Tsipa picked a knee injury and limped off paving way for Joel Ngodzo.
Referee of the day, Brighton Chimene, eventually blew his whistle signifying the end of the opening half, with the scoreboard reading 0-1 in favour of the visitors.
On the resumption of the last half, Harare city came a more determined side upto the one hour mark as they pressed for an equalizer but the Makepekepe rear guard of Hardlife Zvirekwi, Stephen Makatuk, Denis Dauda and Ronald Pfumbidzai proved too intact keeping the Ronald Chitiyo led City’s attacking squad at bay.
Returning winger Phenias Bhamusi was later relegated to the bench in preference of Tafadzwa Rusike, whose introduction brought a new face to the game.
About 5 minutes later, Devon Chafa was brought in and Kudzi Nyamupfukudza was pulled out.
The introduction of Chafa brought the much needed stability in the middle of the park for Makepekepe and as United launched one attack after the other despite Dominic Chungwa and Simba Nhivi taking turns to miss the target.
3 minutes were added but the damage had already been done, and Chimene blew it marking the end of the match giving Makepekepe 3 crucial points.
In a mini Bulawayo Derby, Erol Akbay’s side could not find a winning formula against relegation threatened Tsholotsho FC as Bosso succumbed to a 2-1 defeat, with Ralph Matema giving his side a consolation on the one hour mark.
Tsholotsho scored on both halves.
FC Platinum kept pace with the log leaders after dismissing Chapungu 0-2 at Ascot stadium.