By Tafadzwa Chigandiwa
The Miracle Boys, Yadah FC handed Caps United FC their first defeat in the 2021 Chibuku Super Cup competition, after coming from behind to secure a 2-1 victory Wednesday afternoon.
The game was played at National Sports Stadium (NSS).
Makepekepe took a quick lead after five minutes through their poster boy and the team’s regular goal scorer Ishmael Wadi.
Wadi’s fantastic goal came through an individual effort, he dribbled past two defenders, made his way into the box before lobbing the ball past Yadah goalkeeper Panashe Nyabunga.
Nonetheless, the lead was short lived, it only lasted 17 minutes.
The Miracle Boys found an equaliser in the 22nd minute courtesy of Tanaka Shandirwa’s well taken left footed short from inside the box.
The goal came after Shandirwa became physically strong for the Caps United defenders, his stamina saw him directing a powerful short into the roof net, past Caps shot stopper Tonderayi Mateyaunga.
Meanwhile, Yadah’s winning goal came through their captain and the matchday’s Man of the Match, Godknows Mangani who converted a dubious penalty in the 33rd minute.
Mangani utilised the chance to take the crucial lead after Caps United defender Munyaradzi Diro Nyenye fouled Yadah FC’s Sango Vincent and referee of the day Lawrence Zimondi gave no chance but point at the spot, though the penalty looked dubious.
The Walter Magaya’s side’s penalty came after there was a huge shout for a penalty from the Caps technical bench in the 26th minute, after winger Ian Nyoni seemed to have been fouled in the box.
But the centre man, Zimondi, saw no offence and waved for a play on.
The two teams displayed a good performance. Unfortunately Caps United failed to restore their lead or equalise, while Yadah maintained the 2-1 lead they snatched from behind.
Meanwhile, in an interview after the match, both coaches expressed their views towards the game.
Caps United gaffer Darlington Dodo said, “We lost the grip of the game and lost patience as well, however the way forward is to regroup and correct all the areas that we did not do right at training.
“The defeat is not good for the team and the boys, the boys now need to show character and prove that they deserve to bounce back to winning ways,” he said.
Dodo’s counterpart, Genesis Mangonbe hailed his teams’ performance and was happy with the victory.
“I’m very happy with how the boys managed to collect three points against a team like Caps United. These are new guys and we are trying to make them learn how to play football both to defend and to attack.
“As a coach I work hard to win and I’m happy that the boys responded very well, it was a good result, we now need to work more on our concentration level, we have been considering unworthy goals and its high time we need to be solid at the back,” Mangombe said.
The game was the first match of Group 1 in the Chibuku Super Cup competition second leg fixtures before log leaders Dynamos FC take on group anchors Herentals FC Thursday at the same venue.
Yadah’s victory means they have moved up to the second position with eight points, three behind Dembare who have a game in hand.
Caps defeat saw them going down to the third position on seven points five behind their rivals Dynamos, while ZPC Kariba and Harare City remain on six points and their fixture was disturbed by Covid-19.