It's ad­van­tage DeMbare

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - Mukudzei Ching­were in ZVISHA­VANE

GO­LIATH did not have the last laugh in the Bi­ble but at Man­dava yes­ter­day, God­win Goriy­ati had the prover­bial long last laugh af­ter scor­ing a last minute equal­izer for Caps United.

His goal was cel­e­brated as if it was a win­ner by Makepekepe.

Even the Dy­namos fans toasted to it as once again their bit­ter city ri­vals put a huge dent on one of their cham­pi­onship ri­vals’ as­pi­ra­tions.

DeMbare can go three points clear at the top with vic­tory over Harare City to­day.

Dy­namos are tied on 53 points to­gether with FC Plat­inum and Ngezi Plat­inum Stars but re­main at the top, thanks to su­pe­rior goal difference.

Goriy­ati, signed from Ngezi Plat­inum Stars in mid-sea­son, res­cued this Cas­tle Lager Premier Soc­cer League for Makepekepe with a 90th minute ef­fort and left a trail of bro­ken hearts at Man­dava.

The de­fender met a Hardlife Zvirekwi free kick and nod­ded past an ex­posed Wal­lace Ma­galane.

The home side had opened the scor­ing in the first half through de­fender Kelvin Moyo in the 36th minute and looked to be on course for their 15th win of the term.

How­ever, Makepekepe showed char­ac­ter by scor­ing later on and con­demn­ing Pure Plat­inum Play to their 12th draw of the cam­paign.

Caps United came into this duel on the back of a five match un­beaten run, in­clud­ing vic­to­ries over the ti­tle chas­ing pair of Ngezi Plat­inum Stars and Chicken Inn.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons have been look­ing like a team un­will­ing to re­lin­quish its ti­tle and they came out fir­ing against a team they beat 2-1 in the re­verse fix­ture.

Valen­tine Musarurwa fired from a dis­tance in the open­ing minute be­fore Caps United forced their first cor­ner kick a minute later.

Mo­ments later, Zvirekwi fired a pow­er­ful low drive which slightly missed the tar­get with FC Plat­inum goal­keeper Ma­galane seem­ingly a beaten man. The min­ers were in a sham­bles. Only Bret Amidu, a player Nor­man Mapeza has not shown much con­fi­dence in, was their lead­ing light.

He re­fused to be in­tim­i­dated by a fa­mil­iar foe hav­ing pre­vi­ously squared up against Makepekepe dur­ing his days at Dy­namos.

Ali Sadiki looked sub­dued but his cross cre­ated the opener for Kelvin Moyo, who ghosted in from the blind side to beat Ed­more Sibanda.

FC Plat­inum new found star Ma­galane, who has rel­e­gated reign­ing goal­keeper of the year Pet­ros Mhari to the bench, kept the min­ers in the game as Caps United sort an im­me­di­ate re­sponse.

The goalie, who turns 24 later this month, de­nied John Zhuwawo from close range be­fore col­lect­ing a boom­ing Sibanda free kick on the stroke of half time.

Makepekepe con­tin­ued to probe in the sec­ond half while Mapeza sought to close shop through the in­tro­duc­tion of de­fen­sive linkman Ger­ald Tak­wara with 20 min­utes still to play.

And it was Tak­wara who con­ceded the free kick from which Makepekepe equal­ized from, floor­ing Crispen Machisi.

Mapeza felt the ref­eree Brighton Chimene erred by blow­ing for the in­fringe­ment. “Is that a foul?” he asked. “Such a mis­take (by the ref­eree) cost us three points. The guys worked very hard and I give credit to the guys, they played very well. Any­way it’s still game on, we still have a chance and will con­tinue work­ing hard.”

Caps United as­sis­tant coach Mark Mathe lauded his team’s re­silience.

“Games have been com­ing thick and fast for us, fa­tigue was catch­ing up but I am proud of the boys, they sol­diered on un­til the end,” he said.

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