Battle of the Limpopo as Harare giants CAPS set a clash against SA’S Moroka Swallows

caps_united_fcHARARE giants CAPS United have set themselves up for a date against South Africa's ABSA Cup winners Moroka Swallows in in their Caf Confederation Cup first round in the latest battle of the Limpopo following their qualification to the first round of the competition when they edged Mbambane Highlanders on Sunday.

The majority of Zimbabwean fans have been eargerly waiting for the clash against the South African clubs given the debate among soccer fans which has been raging on which league is better than the other between South Africa’s ABSA Premier Soccer League and the Zimbabwean Premiership.

And with CAPS United survived a battle of nerves at the weekend by defeating Mbabane Highlanders of Swaziland 8-7 in a penalty shoot out to qualify for the first round of the African Safari, all is now set for the Battle of the Limpopo.

Big Goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda proved his heroics between the poles as he made a decisive save as CAPS United won 8-7 in sudden death after they had lost the match 1-0, a result which reversed the Harare giants’ winning margin at Rufaro two weeks ago. Mbabane Highlanders midfielder Xolani Sibandze scored early in the second half and extra-time could not seperate the two teams.

Msizi Lukhekele missed the crucial spot kick as Sibanda threw his body to the right to block the midfielder’s low shot. Method Mwanjali, Marvel Samaneka, George Karimupfumbi, Nyasha Mushekwi, Sibanda, Tafadzwa Rusike, Nyasha Mukumbi and Gilbert Mapemba all converted United’s spot kicks.

Mbabane’s Khayelihle Dlamini, Vuyani Mazibuko, Eugene Dlamini, Mlungisi Magagula, Thulani Sibisi, Sibandze, skipper Mlungisi Ngubane also found the target with their penalties.

The victory by CAPS United means that they will clash against Soweto club Moroka Swallows after they also beat Pamplemousse 3-0 at home to qualify for the first round against Makepekepe on a 4-1 aggregate scoreline after they had drawn the first leg 1-1.

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