Chitembwe's Harare City fail to stop the Green Machine

Chitembwe's Harare City fail to stop the Green Machine
Published: 19 September 2019 (170 Views)
Harare City  0 - 1 CAPS United
DARLINGTON Dodo was not surprised after CAPS United shot back to the top of the Castle Lager Premiership table following a narrow victory over Harare City which handed their former coach Lloyd Chitembwe a second straight defeat.

Newman Sianchali's beautiful strike after only six minutes settled the contest which centred much on Chitembwe in the build-up.

This was the first time Chitembwe was facing his former paymasters since joining the Sunshine Boys last month.
In the end, Makepekepe prevailed — much to the delight of their fans who were housed in the City End and made it difficult for the home side to settle into their groove by rallying their team throughout the 90 minutes.

It was a vital victory for the Green Machine as they now sit at the apex with 41 points from 23 matches, one ahead of ZPC Kariba, who dropped into second place.

At the final whistle, Dodo could not hide his delight with the way his charges went about their business.
"I think I have said it before, the championship is not something that we started talking about today.

"It's something that we planned at the start of the season. We set targets and goals with the players. We sat down and set our targets and goals," Dodo said.

"So basically, where we are today is not a surprise to us but it's somewhere we want to be ...

"We will put a lot of effort to make sure we manage to do what we planned at the beginning of the season.

"It's a good win; it gives everyone within the institution confidence going forward. I'm very happy for the boys, if you look at their conduct, the attitude the desire, it was superb."

As for City, they remain deeply entrenched in a complex relegation fight in 14th place with 25 points from 23 matches.
Chitembwe felt his charges failed to contain pressure from the terraces.

"I thought our first half was not very good; the reason I have a feeling we were slightly overawed by the occasion," he said.
"It's the nature of the game especially when off pitch events appear to be bigger, it becomes very difficult to manage some of these things.

"It was billed as a very big match and that on its own raises a lot of tensions but at the end of the day, what is more important is for players to get to understand to manage those things so that it does not affect their game."

While a lot was expected from them, Harare City players struggled to cope with CAPS United's high pressure which saw their defence commit a lot of mistakes in dangerous positions.
In fact, the Sunshine Boys were lucky to concede a single goal as the Green Machine missed a number of good scoring chances.

City though will feel hard done by referee Edward Mucharambeyi for waving play on after striker Martin Vengesai was tripped by Makepekepe goalkeeper Prosper Chigumba inside the box after only four minutes.

Chigumba did not make any contact with the ball when he raced off his line to challenge Vengesai, who had broken through the CAPS defence.

To the surprise of many in the stadium, Mucharambeyi awarded a corner kick to City instead and from the resultant set piece, CAPS attacked the other end to score with a scorcher from Sianchali.  

The Makepekepe forward raced to meet Joel Ngodzo's clearance and unleashed a blistering half volley that went into the top corner of Maxwell Nyamupanedengu's net.

From there, City players never really settled as they committed a lot of errors but got away with it.

On the few occasions that City surged ahead, they found Chigumba at his best as he twice denied William Manondo.

- dailynews

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