Caps rain on Bosso pa­rade Tsano dis­misses match-fix­ing al­le­ga­tions in Harare derby

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo

WHILE some foot­ball fol­low­ers have ac­cused Dy­namos of throw­ing their game against Caps United on Sun­day, High­landers’ goal­keep­ers’ coach and tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor Cos­mos “Tsano” Zulu has ap­plauded DeMbare for steal­ing a point.

Dy­namos shock­ingly blew a 3-0 lead in the last five min­utes of their Harare derby, al­low­ing Caps United to score three goals and snatch a valu­able point for the ti­tle as­pi­rants.

A de­feat for Caps United and a two-goal mar­gin win for High­landers would have pushed the lat­ter to the top of the ta­ble on su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence.

Caps United re­main on top with 54 points, one ahead of sec­ond-placed High­landers who dis­missed Bu­l­awayo City 3-1 at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium.

With three min­utes to the end of the match at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium, most High­landers’ fans were ec­static think­ing they now oc­cu­pied top spot since the last they had heard was that Caps United were trail­ing 0-3 and Bosso were lead­ing 2-1. Sub­sti­tute King Nadolo then struck on the stroke of full­time to give Bosso a 3-1 vic­tory.

How­ever, the Bosso fans’ cel­e­bra­tions were sub­dued when they learnt that Caps United had staged a stun­ning come­back to force a share of the spoils.

Just like Bafana Bafana’s em­bar­rass­ing cel­e­bra­tions of their sup­posed 2012 Af­con qual­i­fier at the end of a goal­less draw against Sierra Leone in Nel­spruit, some High­landers’ fans that had stopped fol­low­ing events at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium thought their team was now on top and started danc­ing wildly on the ter­races to mu­sic belt­ing from the PA sys­tem.

Just like the Bafana Bafana play­ers, the fans looked de­jected when they were made aware that they now trailed Caps United by a point as the un­think­able had hap­pened in Harare.

The fans then took to so­cial me­dia to ac­cuse Dy­namos of “help­ing” Caps United.

But Zulu dis­missed Bosso fans’ in­sin­u­a­tion of match-fix­ing, say­ing Caps United went into Sun­day’s game as favourites.

“Un l i k e mo s t peo­ple, I thank Dy­namos for tak­ing off two im­por­tant points from Caps United. Based on Dy­namos’ form, I never thought that they were go­ing to get any­thing from Caps United. Hold­ing Caps United and tak­ing away two points from their neigh­bours is good for us as it gives us hope. We closed the gap to a point and we are still dream­ing with the hope of wak i n g up to a ful­filled d r e am at the end of the sea­son,” said Zulu. Ac­tu­ally Dy­namos did well to race into a 3-0 lead to avoid an em­bar­rass­ing loss to their noisy neigh­bours. For a Dy­namos side that lost 1-2 to rel­e­gated Bor­der Strik­ers in Beit­bridge, DeMbare ac­tu­ally out­did them­selves by scor­ing three goals against Caps United be­cause their per­for­mances have been noth­ing but medi­ocre this sea­son. Dy­namos for­got about the “favour” Caps United did for them on the last day of the sea­son in 2014 by beat­ing ZPC Kariba who needed a draw to clinch the ti­tle. Caps United beat ZPC Kariba 3-2 to hand the ti­tle to Dy­namos. Caps United now have to en­sure they don’t drop points in their last three games of the sea­son if they’re to land the ti­tle they last lifted in 2005. Caps United, like High­landers and FC Plat­inum, fancy their ti­tle chances, but are left with tricky games. Caps United’s next match is against Harare City whom they beat 2-1 in the first leg. It’s an un­pre­dictable game for Caps United as Harare City handed ti­tle chas­ing FC Plat­inum a 1-2 loss a fort­night ago, and the Green Ma­chine should be wary of Moses Chunga’s side which is aim­ing for a re­spectable fin­ish. After the Harare City en­counter, Caps United will host Ngezi Plat­inum Stars at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium. The two teams drew 1-1 in the re­verse fix­ture. Ngezi Plat­inum showed that they are no pushovers at the week­end by hold­ing FC Plat­inum to a 1-1 draw.

Caps United wrap up their sea­son with an away trip to Gweru for a date against Cha­pungu.

Sec­ond-placed High­landers’ next game is against rel­e­ga­tion star­ing Tsholot­sho FC, who beat Cha­pungu 2-1 to keep their sur­vival dream alive.

Bosso then travel to Man­dava Sta­dium in Zvisha­vane to face FC Plat­inum, hop­ing the plat­inum min­ers would have been elim­i­nated from the race by then.

High­landers end their sea­son with a home game against Hwange.

FC Plat­inum have watched their ti­tle dreams slowly van­ish­ing in the past few weeks and face Cha­pungu in Gweru in their next game, fol­lowed by High­landers in Zvisha­vane be­fore end­ing their cam­paign in Bu­l­awayo against Tsholot­sho.

Cos­mos “Tsano” Zulu

High­landers’ Peter Muduhwa (fore­ground) tries to get the bet­ter of Bu­l­awayo City’s Mkhokheli Dube dur­ing a league match played at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium om Sun­day. Pic by Den­nis Mudza­miri

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