BULAWAYO – CAPS United moved to second position on the Castle Lager Premiership log standings after a hard-fought 1-2 win over defending champions Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium yesterday.
Makepekepe had not won in their previous two league matches after losing to How Mine and drawing with ZPC Kariba.
Goals from Abbas Amidu and veteran forward Leonard Tsipa ensured the Green Machine ended their winless run as they now moved to 17 points from eight matches.
United now trail undefeated log leaders FC Platinum, who play against How Mine today at Luveve, by just two points.
Makepekepe coach Lloyd Chetembwe was a happy man after the match.
“It was a good team performance. We played the way we wanted to play. We looked more threatening and dangerous offensively and defensively we were organised. The result is good for the team,” Chitembwe said.
“It’s still premature for anyone to talk about the championship. From a coaching perspective, it’s about collecting as much points as you possibly can. Right now we can’t be talking of the championship.”
CAPS opened the scoring in the 33rd minute from a superb strike by Amidu. There was commotion inside the Chicken Inn penalty area and Amidu took advantage of the loose marking letting fly a shot that hit the roof of the net.
However, United’s lead did not last long as barely two minutes later, impressive Chicken Inn striker Edmore Chirambadare had restored parity on the scoreboard.
The Gamecocks got a free kick just outside the United box and Chirambadare took the responsibility.
His initial free kick hit the wall and from the rebound Chirambadare beat one man and hit a curler that hit the upright post before sailing into the net.
The two teams went into half-time with the tie evenly poised but that all changed right after the break.
Veteran forward Tsipa headed what proved to be the winning goal for the visitors just three minutes after the restart.
United winger Phineas Bhamusi got the better of Passmore Bernard on the left side of attack and sent in an inviting cross.
Tsipa shrugged off the challenge of Divine Lunga to beat Chicken Inn goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze with a diving header.
Chicken Inn could have equalised a minute later but Chirambadare could not believe his eyes when his effort missed target by inches from a Clemence Matawu pass.
The home side tried in vain to get an equaliser but the CAPS defence marshalled by 2014 Soccer Star of the Year Dennis Dauda stood firm.
The Gamecocks thought they had found the equaliser 15 minutes from time through defender Teenage Hadebe but Stephen Makatuka cleared his goal-bound header right off the line.
Efforts to get comment from the Chicken Inn gaffer Rahman Gumbo were fruitless as he went straight into a meeting with his technical staff soon after the match.
Meanwhile, the Philani Ncube-coached Bulawayo City beat fellow newcomers Ngezi Platinum Stars 1-0 at Barbourfields Stadium. City got their solitary goal from Eddie Nkulungo in the 36th minute.