CHUNGWA SINKS BOSSO
27 October 2017
CAPS United striker Dominic Chungwa proved why he is hot property with a brace that left Highlanders hapless at National Sports Stadium last night.
Devon Chafa was also on target with a contender for goal of the season while Ralph Matema scored the visitors’ consolation.
In the end, it didn’t matter Highlanders coach Erol Akbay had mocked his opponents as spent forces.
He was silenced in the most brutal way.
CAPS United assistant coach Fungai Kwashi said it was great display.
“It was great result today and this was all about unity,” he said. “The way we started set the tone for the game. You could see it from the body language.”
He added: “We thank the fans for the sacrifice. It’s not easy for them to come here and support the team in these conditions. It was great from Chungwa but the most important thing is not Chungwa. We thank him and he should remain focused. But it is also about the other lads.
“All I can say is we are focused on our next games and that is all we can control. Hwange are going to be a tough team and we are not going to get carried away.”
Akbay had stated the champions had lost their quality but Chungwa’s goal after nine minutes was the quickest of responses from the champions this season.
Highlanders responded positively and Simon Munawa was denied by the upright for what could have been a beautiful equaliser.
Gabriel Nyoni was a handful for Valentine Musarurwa as Bosso tried to claw back into the match.
Going into the match, CAPS United needed full points to keep their hopes for top four finish alive.
Fourth-placed Chicken Inn are on 55 points as they go into their own battle against ZPC at Nyamhunga tomorrow.
If CAPS United eventually fail to get a top four finish, they will have become the first reigning champion to do so in nine years.
The 2008 champions Monoz were the last to fail to do so when they finished eighth in 2009.
Devon Chafa made sure the dream remains alive at resumption, scoring a beauty that matched his style.
At that point, there was no way back for Bosso in a game CAPS United reminded fans of all that is beautiful.
Chungwa added a third in the 59th minute to crush any hopes of a Bosso comeback.
After he punched back an Edmore Sibanda free-kick back into play, there was nothing Bosso goalie Nedrick Madeya could have done about the attack that followed, allowing Chungwa to score without much trouble.
It didn’t matter Bosso was at full strength with skipper Rahman Kutsanzira and Simon Munawa in the middle of the park, CAPS still stamped authority.
Ralph Matema pulled one back in the 69th minute for what was clearly a lost cause.
After that, there was wave after wave of CAPS attack as they threatened to humiliate Bosso.
Coach Akaby was not happy with the behaviour of the ball boys.
“Last time we played them that was why we lost. We have to write a letter to Zifa. Now we have to make sure that we win the next game,” he said