Castle Lager PSL Matchday 11 Sunday Wrap
Ngezi Platinum earned their first ever league victory over CAPS United while Biggie Zuze picked up maximum points on his first game in charge of Dynamos.
Ngezi Show ‘mental strength’ in CAPS win
CAPS United 1 – 2 Ngezi Platinum
Leaders Ngezi Platinum Stars demonstrated their clout at the National Sports Stadium Sunday when they found a way to beat CAPS United for the first time in the league and steered three-points clear of the chasing pack in this year’s Castle Lager Premiership race.
Determination paid off for Tonderai Ndiraya’s men, who remain the only unbeaten side after 11 games when Terrence Dzvukamanja and James Nguluve scored late in the first half in response to John Zhuwawu’s 27th-minute strike.
The victory meant the modest Mhondoro side have now collected maximum points against all the giants after felling Dynamos and Highlanders as well as championship contenders Chicken Inn in previous matches this season.
Zhuwawu had the Makepekepe supporters on their feet when he found the gap with a little help from a deflection off Ngezi Platinum defender Frank Makarati.
However, it took the visitors exactly 10 minutes to claw back into the game with Dzvukamanja bagging his fifth goal of the season after unleashing a rising shot from inside the box.
Then Nguluve, who had a brief stint with Makepekepe last year on loan from South Africa’s Maritzburg United, sealed the game just before the half-time whistle after Makepekepe defenders were found flat-footed from a corner kick.
Winning Start For Biggie Zuze
Bulawayo Chiefs 0 – 1 Dynamos
A first-half strike by Quality Kangadzi powered beleaguered Harare giants Dynamos to their third victory of the season to climb four places up the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League table to eighth.
The stocky forward finished with ease a quick counterattack in the 34th minute, to give new DeMbare coach Biggie Zuze a winning start after taking over from Lloyd Mutasa, who was fired last week following a string of poor results.
Bulawayo Chiefs paid dearly for failing to turn superior ball possession into goals as Dynamos launched a swift counterattack to grab the three points. It took exactly 13 seconds for the ball to hit the back of the net from the time it was released by goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga.
Chiefs had gone on the attack and when Mateyaunga caught the ball, he rolled it to central defender Marshal Machazane, who released Blessing Moyo and the defensive midfielder sent in a long pass to left-winger Manuel Mandiranga, who sent in a pin-point pass to Kangadzi to finish with an easy tap-in.
The goal took off the sting from Chiefs’ players, who had been enjoying superior ball possession. DeMbare players began to play with purpose after the goal, with Moyo dictating the pace in midfield.
Chicken Inn, Chapungu in drab Ascot draw
Chapungu 0 – 0 Chicken Inn
Airmen Chapungu and visiting Chicken Inn shared the spoils in a dull goalless Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Ascot Stadium Sunday.
Both teams’ sets of strikers forgot their shooting boots at home, with Chapungu’s duo of Allen Tavarwisa and Brighton Mugoni taking turns to miss sitters while George Majika and the ageless Obadiah Tarumbwa also took turns to miss.
Matchday 11 Sunday Results
Saturday: FC Platinum 0-0 Triangle United, ZPC Kariba 1-1 Mutare City Rovers, Yadah FC 0-0 Highlanders, Bulawayo City 2-0 Shabanie Mine, Harare City 1-0 Nichrut
Sunday: Caps United 1-2 Ngezi Platinum Stars, Chapungu 0-0 Chicken Inn, Bulawayo Chiefs 0-1 Dynamos, Black Rhinos 0-0 Herentals