Caps United moved to the top of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) standings following a 2-1 win over Black Rhinos at the National Sports Stadium this afternoon.
Caps United head coach Darlington Dodo registered his first victory since taking over from Lloyd Chitembwe with the win bringing a measure of relief to the Caps United gaffer who had lost his first game in charge against Chapungu.
There was very little goal mouth action in the opening stages with the first real threat coming from a header by Black Rhinos’ Bruce Homora which ricocheted off the upright on the half hour mark.
Despite the threat posed by the army side, it was Caps United who opened the scoring courtesy of Newman Sianchali who calmly headed home a well calculated cross delivered from the left wing by Phineas Bamusi much to the excitement of the home crowd.
The encounter went to the half time break with the Green Machine leading but it took only 10 minutes for Black Rhinos to claw their way back with a flashing header from second half substitute Francesco Zekumbawire levelling matters for the army men.
The hosts could have regained the lead but Dominic Chungwa lacked composure with an open goal to aim at.
Caps United fans, however, had every reason to celebrate late on after John Zhuwawo nodded home the winner 15 minutes from time sparking wild celebrations that went on long after the match had ended.
With a victory in the bag and pole position to talk about, Dodo was satisfied while Black Rhinos gaffer Herbert Maruwa bemoaned his side’s inability to deal with aerial duels in the defending third.
“I am happy with the performance of the boy’s. We controlled the game by retaining possession during critical periods and in the end it is good to see us winning in a game which was not easy,” said Dodo.
“I thought we did not defend all that well in aerial duels, Caps United scored both their goals from headers, an area which we lacked today,” said Maruwa.
The game may have provided a fair measure of excitement but ugly scenes involving Black Rhinos coach Maruwa, Caps united forward Bamusi and Black Rhinos fitness trainer Brighton Chandisaita threatened to put the gloss off an otherwise entertaining contest.
In other encounters, FC Platinum dropped vital points after being held to a 1-1 draw by Hwange while Chicken Inn picked up maximum points following a 2-0 win over Ngezi Platinum.
Dynamos registered a 3-2 victory over Herentals at Rufaro with ZPC Kariba hammering Bulawayo Chiefs 3-0.
TelOne massacred Yadah 4-1 as Mushowani Stars and Manica Diamonds played out a 2-2 draw.