By Wellington Toni
CAPS United 2-1 Harare City, FC Platinum 3-2 Bantu Rovers, Hwange 0-3 Ngezi Platinum
HARARE-After playing out a draw in the Castle Premiership opener last week, defending champions Caps United roared back in style on Sunday at the National Sports Stadium to overcome a stubborn Harare City 2-1.
Not even the loss of Joel Ngodzo in the 73rd minute after a red card from referee Norman Matemera for dangerous play, the Green Machine could not be denied a sweet return to the beloved, and trusted home ground, as they ground maximum points to move to four from two starts.
Tafadzwa Rusike gave them the lead before Ngodzo’s early shower but Jerry Chipangura drew City level only for Ronald Pfumbidzayi to seal the win 12 minutes from time.
Caps coach Lloyd Chitermbwe will be pleased with the result, having blamed the Maglas pitch last Saturday for the nil-all draw against Shabanie Mine.
The weekend though belonged to favourites, the duo of Ngezi Platinum and FC Platinum who romped to a 3-2 win over Bantu Rovers on Saturday at Maglas to sit second with six points, the same as Ngezi Platinum who thumped Hwange 3-0 at the Colliery on Sunday.Ngezi have scored four goals and conceded none while FC have scored four and conceded two, leaving them in second place due to an inferior goal difference.
Washington Pakamisa, Tatenda Machisa and Donald Tegure were all on target for the visiting platinum miners, who recorded their second win in as many matches to shoot to the top of the log.
The biggest surprise of the weekend was Highlanders’ 1-0 home loss to Shabanie Mine. who scored via veteran striker Nelson Mazivisa’s flashing header late in the second half, in a match that saw two red cards, one each to both sides.
Highlanders paid the price for coach Erol Akbay’s absence from training for two days due to a dispute and the Modern Ngwenya-led administration at the Bulawayo side will have to learn to to do better in future to ensure the coach is well catered for and his basic needs met on time.
At Gibbo, Dynamos were well on their way to picking up their first set of maximum points as new acquisition Quality Kangadzi hit the nets after just four minutes of play, having been set up by another new boy Emmanuel Mandiranga.
When Mandiranga doubled the lead five minutes after the break, it seemed the hosts were dead and buried, but there was a way back for Triangle.
But thenLameck Nhamo and Ronald Mudimu, from the penalty, got on the score sheet in the 64th and 77th minutes, respectively to ensure the Sugar Sugar Boys picked up another point.
Results MatchDay 2
Friday: Yadah Gunners 1-0 ZPC Kariba
Saturday: Bulawayo City 2-1 Chicken Inn, FC Platinum 3-2 Bantu Rovers, Black Rhinos 1-0 Chapungu, How Mine 1-1 Tsholotsho
Sunday: Caps United 2-1 Harare City, Highlanders 0-1 Shabanie Mine, Triangle 2-2 Dynamos, Hwange 0-3 Ngezi Platinum