USM Alger managed to clip the wings of Makepepe before they glided into the sky.
By Daniel Itai
A win was imminent but unfortunately this was not the case for CAPS who were humbled by USM Alger.
Makepepe’s emphatic 3-1 victory over SC Zamaleck a week ago proved to have psyched USM Alger, as they were evidently guns blazing in the first 20 minutes of the game, making a snake pit of Makepepe’s defense.
The defense of CAPS led by it’s skipper Hardlife Zvirekwi, deflected a lot of balls that could have found themselves at the back of the net.
However, USM Alger ‘s Ziri Hammer got past the defense of CAPS and landed one for his team in the 36th minute.
Seemingly CAPS did not take heed of the memo, as USM Alger ‘s Okacha Hamzaoui landed another one in the 42nd minute making it 2-0 before half time.
CAPS gaffer lloyd Chitembwe decided to change his game plan in the second half, as he introduced fresh blood. Defensive midfielder Cabby Kamhapa came in for Moses Muchenje and Tafadzwa Rusike for Dominic Chungwa in the 46th minute.
The double change by Chitembwe didn’t seem to be much of significance as Makepekepe continued to be havocked by USM Alger’s forwards.
The last change to perhaps beef up the attacking force of CAPS came in the 67th minute with Amon Kambanje coming in for Phineas Bamusi.
Oussamma Darfalou made it three for USM Alger in the 78th minute and it seemed as if the game was done and dusted.
However, CAPS ‘s Brian Amidu pulled one back in the 81st minute and for a moment CAPS’s hopes of making it into the quarter finals were resuscitated.
USM Alger’s sensational striker Darfalou nullified Makepekepe’s hopes as he struck another goal in the 88th minute.
Darfalou’s goal seemed not to only have destroyed the moral of CAPS but also hit some nerves as evidenced by CAPS’s ruthless playing of Justice Jangano and Chafa Taitamba whose play did not go unnoticed as they both accrued yellow cards in the dying minutes of the game.
It ended 4-1 in favor of USM Alger. Regardless of this, CAPS are not walking away empty handed as their hard work has earned them a whooping $550 000 for coming fourth in their group and $27 500 for ZIFA.
Reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns managed to proceed to the quarter finals after a 1-1 all draw with AS Vita Club. Mamelodi Sundowns are now the only Southern African club left in the CAF Champions League.