The Sunday Mail
Caps United (1) 3
A SUPERCHARGED Caps United stormed into the quarterfinals of the Chibuku Super Cup in emphatic style and also got their sweet revenge over air force side Chapungu at Rufaro yesterday.
Talented left back Ronald Pfumbidzai scored a wonder goal but it was new boys Nicholas Alifandika and Honey Chimutimunzeve who stole the show with brilliant strikes.
The exciting Alifandika scored his first goal for United since joining in the midseason from Black Mambas as early as the third minute with an exquisite finish inside the box.
Pfumbidzai piled more misery on the visitors, who thumped Caps United 3-0 in a league match at Ascot, 10 minutes after the restart with a ferocious long range effort.
There seemed to be no danger for Chapungu when Pfumbidzai picked up the ball just after the centre line but the gifted full back expertly lobbed the ball past his marker before unleashing a venom laden grounder that went in past the two upright posts.
Late substitute Chimutimunzeve, who had come in for an ineffective Leonard Fiyado, sealed the deal in the 93rd minute, beating Chapungu goalie Roy Mazingi from a tight angle after he was set up by another substitute Godknows Mangani.
Dreadlocked defensive linkman Tendai Samanja, who seems to be getting better with age, put up another stand-out performance in the middle of the park and so did the evergreen Hardlife Zvirekwi who roamed the right flank with aplomb.
In the end, the Caps United fans had more reason to celebrate as not only did their team book a place in the last eight but they also avenged a 0-3 league defeat suffered at Ascot on June 7.
Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro saluted his troops although he felt his strikers could have scored more.
“It is a great feeling, we did it in style and this is the kind of spirit that we want if we are to go far in this tournament.
“All we are asking for now is a better conversion rate, but overally I am happy with what I saw,” he said.
Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino hailed Pfumbidzai’s great goal and acknowledged his side had lost to a better side.
“It is painful to lose in the first round but I must say Pfumbidzai’s goal was top class. Caps were clinical and they deserved to win.”
Caps United: T. Dube, H. Zvirekwi, S. Makatuka, G. Nyirenda, R. Pfumbidzai, T. Samanja, T. Mahori, M. Muchenje, N. Alifandika (D. Mukandi 65’), L. Fiyado (H. Chimutimunzeve 83rd), K. Bulaji.
Chapungu: R. Mazingi, C. Mativenga, C. Murisa, W. Ngonya, B. Zabula, C. Kwaramba, C. Maheya (M. Mavuto 60th), N. Murisa, H. Mugoniwa (R. Mhlanga 60th), G. Phiri, P. Marufu (C. Muzire 60th).