Byo City frustrate CAPS
7 September 2017
BULAWAYO City coach Mandla Mpofu admitted that they had to park the bus after Morris Kadzola saw red against CAPS United at Hartsfield yesterday.
It was a game CAPS United had to fight from behind to force a 1-1 draw against 10-man Bulawayo City who are unbeaten at home this season.
Ishmael Wadi had given Bulawayo City the lead in the first half before John Zvuwawo responded soon after the breather.
Kadzola then got a second yellow that left his team on the ropes, with CAPS United seeking to end their invincibility at home.
“After the red card to Morris, we had no choice. We had to sit back. So we sacrificed striker Clive Rupiya for a defender Andrew Tandi.
“We needed to make sure that we remained solid against what was a very strong CAPS United side. And I’m glad we managed to get a point from this,” Mpofu said.
“The red card, which was a second yellow, we thought it was a bit harsh. After that it meant that we didn’t have one of our most experienced players and we had to pull out a player that was outstanding.
“This was actually one of the games that Clive has been outstanding but we had no choice. Another striker Ishmael Wadi was also very impressive and it is not a surprise that he scored for us.”
For a change, CAPS United responded.
In the Harare Derby on Sunday they conceded in the first half again but failed to react, with DeMbare adding a second to kill the match as a contest.
“Soon after the second half started, they scored. We failed to concentrate at that stage. And when we got the red, it became worse. They were coming at us.
“We also managed to create one or two chances but could not score in that second half,” Mpofu said.
That draw takes CAPS United to 29 points and reality is that they should try to win all their games in hand to rise from the relegation zone.
The Bulawayo City coach believes Lloyd Chitembwe’s charges have what is takes to win games in the Premiership.
“We were the underdogs going into this game and we are happy with the draw. We were playing the defending champions and there is indication that they are very strong.
“We cannot point to any particular player but their approach as a team shows they are not ordinary. We are therefore happy with the point that we have collected,” said Mpofu.
Bulawayo City face Black Rhinos at Rufaro while CAPS United will remain in Bulawayo to play Bantu Rovers at the same venue over the weekend.