Caps boss thanks ex-DeMbare man

CAPS UNITED coach Lloyd Chitem­bwe heaped praise on for­mer Dy­namos player Wis­dom Mu­tasa, de­spite his boys fail­ing to beat rel­e­ga­tion­threat­ened Sha­banie Mine at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

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MU­TASA was not on the score sheet, but he put up one of his best per­for­mances for Caps United to date as the Green Ma­chine came from be­hind to set­tle for a draw.

Makepekepe have not beaten Sha­banie Mine in four years.

Sha­banie drew first blood in the 12th minute when for­mer Caps United player Amon Kam­banje scored from close range.

Feel­ing the pres­sure, Caps upped the tempo and re­sponded in the 19th minute through Joel Ngodzo.

Chitem­bwe’s spe­cial words, though, were re­served for Mu­tasa.

“I am sure Wis­dom has a bright fu­ture ahead of him,”said Chitem­bwe. “He has a bright, bright fu­ture at Caps United. Credit should go to Wis­dom; he is tak­ing ad­vice and I am very happy for him.

“He just needs to stay hum­ble as he has been, es­pe­cially in the last few games,” said the Makepekepe gaffer.

Chitem­bwe be­moaned the early set­back.

“We con­ceded a goal that we could have eas­ily avoided, that was fail­ure to ob­vi­ously ap­ply some ba­sic in­di­vid­ual tac­ti­cal prin­ci­ples ...we ended up be­ing des­per­ate, we were rush­ing a lit­tle bit in the fi­nal third be­cause for you to play catch-up is very dif­fi­cult. But for (Sha­banie), they were con­tent.”

Makepekepe remain fourth on the log with 43 points, seven be­hind third­placed Chicken Inn who beat Bu­l­awayo City 2-1 at Bar­bour­fields yes­ter­day.

Sha­banie Mine remain sec­ond from bot­tom with 17 points from 26 matches, and coach Alexio Si­gion was pleased with the point away from home.

“I am very im­pressed with the guys, they showed max­i­mum char­ac­ter. We still have hopes of sur­viv­ing, there are still a num­ber of games com­ing,” said Si­gion. Teams: Caps United: P Chigumba, M Ncube, C Mun­z­abwa, S Mukatuka, M Mwan­jale, C Ka­pamha, V Musarurwa, J Ngodzo, T Chi­unye (M Katsvairo, 46’), D Mukandi (B Mu­zondiwa, 11’) , W Mu­tasa

Sha­banie Mine: B Te­mera, L Manyande, D Tader­era, N Mpofu, B Mukundu, P Shoko, M Murimi, F Muza (J Sibanda, 90’), A Kam­banje (B Pakamisa, 54’ ), N Papius (C Nyamvundu, 87’), P Siz­iba

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