HARARE – CAPS United continued to scale up the Castle Premiership log standings after dispatching Monomotapa 2-1 in a fast-paced encounter at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Dominic Chungwa’s 20th minute strike and Moses Muchenje’s well-taken spot kick, three minutes into the second half, proved the difference as Makepekepe stretched their unbeaten run to eight games.
It also saw the Taurai Mangwiro-coached side move from sixth place to fourth taking their points tally to 31, six behind log leaders Harare City.
Makepekepe last tasted defeat on May 19 when they lost 1-0 to bitter rivals Dynamos in the Harare derby.
Since that defeat to DeMbare, United have chalked up four wins and four draws to remain within touching distance of the leading pack.
Chungwa broke the deadlock after latching onto Tendai Semanja’s deflected through ball before bursting down Monomotapa’s central defence and slotting his effort past a badly exposed Tapiwa Zvaita.
The former Hippo Valley striker’s goal came just three minutes after ?Agrippa Murimba had been denied by the woodwork at the other end.
CAPS went on to dominate much of the exchanges and Tawanda Nyamandwe had the clearest chance to add to their advantage, failing to convert with an open goal at his mercy.
The striker chose to go for power rather than precision and failed to add to CAPS advantage, blazing his effort way over the bar much to the amazement of expecting Makepekepe fans.
Monoz who generally resolved to play on the counter failed to really fashion out any meaningful chances as the first half drew to a close.
But CAPS started the second half pretty much with the same tempo they ended the first.
Their cause was helped by some poor defending from their opponents as Morgen Mungombe needlessly hacking down Nyamandwe inside the box, three minutes into the second half.
Muchenje stepped up and sent Zvaita the wrong way from 12 yards.
Second half substitute Gerald Phiri playing in his second game for CAPS added impetus to the United attack and almost had his first goal on the 68th minute but his curling effort from the edge of the box rebounded off the upright.
But very much against the run of play Monoz found a life-line through Nelson Melson’s individual brilliance after going on a mazy run down the left flank and scoring past Jorum Muchambo from a tight angle.
That goal infused some confidence in Monoz as they began pouring men up front in search of an equaliser.
In the end the 2008 champions fell one goal short as United held on for the win.
“Unfortunately, the score line doesn’t reflect the reality of how well we played,” CAPS goalkeepers’ coach Brenna Msiska said after the match.
He added: “We are not looking too much at how other teams are playing we just want to play our own game and get as far as we can.”