Byo City run riot over Caps
Bulawayo City 3-1 Caps United BULAWAYO City ran riot over title-chasing Caps United in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday. A brace by Trevor Ndlovu and a strike by Mkhululi Moyo secured maximum points for City, while Caps United got their consolation from Devon Chafa in the referee’s optional time. City started the match at an electrifying pace and should have shot into the lead in the first minute when midfielder Welcome Ndiweni set Moyo through, but the lanky striker failed to beat big Caps United goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda from close range. Six minutes later, Moyoy made upp for his earlier miss by beating Sibanda with aplomb, firing home from the edge of the box. City, who had congested the midfield, won most of the duels and forced Caps United to back pedal for the better part of the first half.
City’s midfield of Kelvin Madzongwe, skipper Xolisani Moyo, Trevor Ndlovu, Ndiweni and Lewis Ncube suffocated Caps United midfielders Joel Ngodzo, Devon Chafa, Moses Muchenje and Amos Kambanje, making it difficult for the visitors.
The only visible players on the pitch for Caps United were Ngodzo and Hardlife Zvirekwi, who seemed determined to fight the battle while the rest looked clueless if not disinterested.
In the 40th minute, Ngodzo’s hard and low shot from the right went across the face of goal after finding no takers.
Two minutes later, City doubled their lead through Ndlovu, who finished off a perfect move started by Ndiweni. The latter received a pass on the right side from Xolisani and then nutmegged Justice Jangano, as he ventured upfront exchanging passes with Mkh Mkhululi. He got into the box and played a squa square pass to Ndlovu on the far side, who oblig obliged by tapping the ball into an empty net.
Ca Caps United returned from the breather an impr improved side, playing some direct football and h had their first attempt at City’s goal in the 64th minute through a long range shot from Janga Jangano.
Ci City immediately launched a quick counter attac attack and won a free-kick near the right corn corner after Carlton Munzabwa brought down Mkhululi in a desperate attempt to stop the s striker.
Nc Ncube sent in a good delivery that Xolisani head headed onto the path of Ndlovu, whose shot beat a diving Sibanda, killing Caps United’s hope hopes of a comeback.
Ve Veteran Caps United forward Leonard Tsipa blew a perfect chance to reduce arrears in th the 84th minute by completely missing the ball withw only City’s keeper Ndodana Sibanda to be beat.
Ch Chafa then grabbed the consolation goal for C Caps United in injury time when his shot off a rebound went through a cluster of legs beati beating an obstructed Ndodana.
Ci City’s caretaker coach Try Ncube heaped prais praise on his boys for sticking to their game plan plan.
“It was a tough match, but we got our tactics right. We really needed three points and we knew that they were going to come at us so we were ready to soak pressure and break with pace,” said Ncube.
Caps United assistant coach Mark Mathe said: “We’re really not happy conceding three goals. We could’ve defended better in the first half where we didn’t show desire to play. We will go back and work on our shortcomings.” – @ZililoR