CAPS through to 2nd round

HARARE – Zimbabwe soccer champions CAPS United are through to the second round of the African Champions League courtesy of the away goals’ rule despite being held to a 0-0 draw by Inter Stars of Burundi

in the first round, second leg tie at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

CAPS will now meet tougher opponents, Raja Casablanca of Morocco in the second round scheduled for later this month.

CAPS went into the match bubbling with confidence that they would easily sail past Inter Stars after the 3-3 first leg draw in Burundi, but it was not to be.

The Harare giants were made to work hard for the draw. CAPS missed a number of clear chances with their strikers taking turns to fluff good opportunities.

About 20,000 fans who thronged the giant stadium watched in disbelief as striker, Malvern Nyakabangwe, Boyd Chanda and Limited Chikafa either shot straight at the visiting goalkeeper or missed goal completely.

The best chance of the afternoon fell to Nyakabangwe early in the first half but with the goalkeeper at his mercy, the former Masvingo United hitman crashed his effort against the crossbar when it looked easier to score than to miss.

Substitute Malawian, Gift Makoloi who grabbed two goals in the first leg was also presented with a golden opportunity but shot over the bar with the goalkeeper stranded.

Inter Stars also had their moments but were denied by the brilliance of young goalkeeper Tsungai Mudzamiri who saved on two face-to-face situations.

Inter Stars exposed the CAPS midfield with their methodical build-ups but they found Mudzamiri uncompromising in goal. CAPS United’s Charles Mhlauri directed operations from the bench. – ZimOnline

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