HARARE – CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe admitted his charges were far from their best despite registering a vital win over struggling Border Strikers in a Castle Premiership match here yesterday.
Second half substitute Leonard Tsipa, who replaced Archieford Gutu at that start of the second-half, scored the solitary goal of the match as the Green Machine moved to the top of the table.
CAPS United now lead second-placed FC Platinum, who played to a goalless draw against Harare City on Saturday, on goal difference.
The victory also extended Makepekepe’s unbeaten run to five matches.
For Border Strikers, who were promoted into the Premiership last year, the defeat was their fifth on the trot.
“We are happy with the result although the performance was not as pretty as we would have wanted it to be,” Chitembwe said after the game.
“The important thing is that we managed to get the three points when we were not at our best. If it was anything less than that obviously we were not going to be happy about it. But with the win we are satisfied because we can still work on our mistakes going forward.
“If you can win when you are not at your best it’s generally a good thing. We are not looking at what other teams are doing; we are only concentrating on improving.”
Chitembwe’s counterpart Saul Chaminuka says he is worried with how things are unfolding for his side.
“We played well but it was not enough to win us the game,” Chaminuka said.
“We need to go back and work on our shortcomings and hopefully the goals will start coming soon. A lot of things are in the wrong and I have every reason to be worried. We are improving tactically and technically but we need to do more.”
It was a dispiriting afternoon in front of goal for CAPS United, who dominated possession in the first half but could not beat the visitors’s goalkeeper Talent Sande.
United forward Simba Nhivi wasted some good scoring chances in the first half while left back Ronald Pfumbidzayi saw his effort from a corner kick crash against the cross bar.
However, Tsipa rose from the bench to give his side the winner in the 47th minute with a well-taken free-kick from outside the box.
The second-half however, belonged to the visitors, who looked more determined as they passed the ball around with purpose but struggled in the final third.
In the end, it was CAPS United who left the stadium with their heads held high.
CAPS United: Jorum Muchambo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Pfumbidzayi, Steven Makatuka, Justice Jangano, Method Mwanjali, Archford Gutu (Leonard Tsipa 46 min), Phineas Bhamusi, Joel Ngodzo (Valentine Musarurwa 90 min), Simba Nhivi, Dominic Chungwa (Kudzai Nyamupfukudza 62 min)
Border Strikers: Talent Sande, Peter Muzondo, Michael Variso, Frank Makarati, Ephraim Mwenga, Godfrey Mukambi, Livingston Genti, Benjamin Chirumanzi, Tawanda Muchaya (Tendai Mukambi 60 min), Saul Chaminuka (Kudzai Kwashi (34 min), Tambwe Kalunga (Tafadzwa Jaravani 70 min),