Bulawayo City……………(3) 4
CAPS United…………….. (1) 1
BULAWAYO City head coach Bekithemba Ndlovu was full of praise for his charges after watching them dismantle visiting CAPS United in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter at Barbourfields Stadium yesterday afternoon.
BY SAKHELENI NXUMALO
Lucky Nyathi grabbed a brace while Divine Mhindirira and Sipho Ndlovu weighed in with a goal each to propel City to a massive victory over the former champions, who got their face saver through teenage striker Kelvin Ndebele.
Ndlovu said all the hard work that his charges were putting in at training was paying off despite the fact that City had already been relegated from the top-flight league.
“I want to give credit to the boys for the performance that they put up today and I feel that if there had been five more games left in the season, we would have survived relegation,” Ndlovu said.
CAPS United assistant coach Nelson Matongorere said they were not reading much into yesterday’s result as they were already preparing for next season by blooding youngsters.
“It was a bad day in office, but the result does not worry us that much as we are now focused on next season and gave a run-out to youngsters since we are not chasing the championship and are safe from relegation,” Matongorere said.
One of the youngsters, 19-year-old Ndebele, was on target for the second match running after getting on the score sheet in their CAPS’ match against Mutare City Rovers, while another teenager Tinotenda Chiunye displayed some good touches after coming on as a second-half substitute.
The visitors have themselves to blame for the big loss to City after putting up a comical defensive display.
Their goalkeeper Chris Mverechena gifted City with the opener after his attempted clearance ricocheted off Mhindirira and into the nets on 10 minutes.
That lead was shortlived as Ndebele levelled matters two minutes later, but the hosts were soon back in front when Nyathi opened his account on 19 minutes after being set up by Trevor Ndlovu following a defensive blunder by CAPS left-back Milton Ncube.
The dreadlocked Nyathi completed his brace on the half-hour mark when he headed home a cross from rightback Benson Phiri. Ndlovu then completed the rout on 63 minutes when he finished off a quick counter attacking move by the hosts, who took their points tally to 29.
Elsewhere, the games between Herentals and Chicken Inn as well as Harare City and ZPC Kariba ended in goalless draws.