CAPS United once again got the better of Tonderai Ndiraya by handing the latter a 0-1 defeat in Mhondoro on Sunday whilst no nonsense Bulawayo City relegated Dynamos to the dustbin with Harare City booting out Highlanders FC in Chibuku Super Cup matches played yesterday.
BY SPORTBRIEF REPORTER
Ageless veteran Zephaniah Ngodzo’s brilliant free kick rose past Tonderai Mateyaunga with 15 before time to ensure Dynamos leave to fight for another day as Bulawayo City progressed to the quarters of the cash rich Chibuku Super Cup.
Controversial Cameroonian Christian Joel Epoupa Ntouba had put the Glamour Boys on the driving seat 15 minutes into the game and the score line up to the breather.
On resumption, the visitors showed hunger for goals and the home side slowly gave in and on the 58th minute, Sipho Ndlovu levelled matters cancelling Epoupa’s first half strike.
17 minutes later, Bulawayo City player was hacked down in the box but the referee adjudged the infringement to have happened just outside the box.
Ngodzo stepped up to take the challenge and he placed it just behind Tonderai Mateyaunga, in goals for Dynamos, to gift the visitors with their second goal.
The score line stood up to full time.
After the match, Lloyd Mutasa conceded lack of concentration from his charges.
“I think we lost it. We scored (first) but we could not hang on to the lead. They scored two goals that we could have avoided but we win and lose as a team. Tough luck to us and we have to look elsewhere.
“As an institution we would like to do well in every competition that we play but such is football. We are out of it, just like we did last year. We cannot reverse the situation but we have to look forward to what we have control over,” said Mutasa.
At Mandava stadium, Harare City gave Erol Akbay a fresh headache as the City Fathers progressed to the next round of the tournament on a 2-1 margin.
Wiliam Manondo and Grey Mufandada did the job for Harare City and the Bulawayo giants got a face saver from Tendai Samanja’s own goal.
In Mhondoro, in form CAPS United migrated their PSL fine form into the Chibuku Cup and eventually booted out defending champions Ngezi Platinum courtesy of a Moses Muchenje 28th minute penalty.
Speedy winger Phenias Bamusi was hacked down in the box by Partson Jaure and Ruzive Ruzive pointed to the spot.
Moses Muchenje took matters into his own hands and did justice. The conversion was enough to send United into the quarters.
After the Match, Makepekepe assistant coach Mark Mathe conceded Ngezi gave them a tough run.
“Firstly I want to acknowledge our players for such a great fight. Coming here we knew it was going to be a tough game considering that we were playing away from home.
“Besides that, Ngezi Platinum are a good side and we knew that they will make life difficult for us,” Mathe said.
“However, we had a game-plan and we managed to kill their wings which are always dangerous in attack. We managed to absorb the pressure from the onset. We were organised at the back and managed to get that (winning) goal.”
Dynamos FC 1-2 Bulawayo City
Highlanders FC 1-2 Harare City FC
Ngezi Platinum 0-1 CAPS United FC
ZPC Kariba 0-1 Shabanie Mine FC
How Mine FC 2-0 Bantu Rovers
FC Platinum 0-1 Chapungu
Black Rhinos 2-1 Triangle
Chicken Inn 0-0 Yadah FC