HARARE – CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro has jumped to the defence of the quality of football on display in the just-ended 2013 Castle Premiership season.
Makepekepe finished the season sitting on fifth place after turning the championship race on its head with a draw against Harare City that indirectly handed Dynamos their third straight title.
Dynamos won the League with 54 points just a mere 16 points more than Black Mambas, who occupy the last relegation slot.
Many United faithful were left in dejection as they had hoped their team would deny DeMbare their 20th title.
But Mangwiro was happy his side finished off the season on a high note and believes with better concentration they could have gone on to win the league title.
“I remember 10 or 11 matches when I returned from the Asiagate ban, I remember talking to some journalist telling them that ‘I don’t think they will be a dominant force in the league and I don’t see a team getting to 55 points’ of which it turned out to be true,” Mangwiro said.
“And just some few weeks ago I was talking to my players telling them that let’s get a maximum nine points out of the three games that are remaining and these nine points will see us home.
“But we couldn’t get all the nine points and at the end of it all we have ourselves to blame.
“But the season itself was very competitive.
“Look at a team like Dynamos despite having lost quite a number of matches they still go on to win the championship.
“I wouldn’t want to agree that it was a poor season if anything there was a lot of competition. Also exciting, you go into the last match not knowing who will be relegated or who will win the title.”
You have to go back to 2005 when Dynamos and CAPS United indirectly helped each other’s cause.
In that year Dynamos were starring relegation in the face needing a victory on the last day of the season to avoid the chop.
Their opponents where CAPS United’s title rivals Masvingo United.
Yuna Yuna needed to beat Dynamos to relegate the Harare giants to Division One and also hoping Black Rhinos beat Makepekepe at the National Sports Stadium so that they lift their first PSL title.
Rhinos did their part and beat United 0-3 but Yuna Yuna faltered when it mattered most and were beaten in their own backyard by
Dynamos handing United their second consecutive title.
As updates filtered through the NSS that a hostile crowd at Mucheke Stadium could not stop a defiant Moses Chunga from recording victory, CAPS United fans burst into song for they had landed their second consecutive title, thanks to their rivals.