Caps beat Swallows to progress in the CAF Confederations Cup

JOHANNESBURG Caps United are through to the next round of the CAF Confederations Cup, after they beat South Africas Moroka Swallows 1-0 in their second round, second leg tie of the continental club showpiece, played at Johannesburgs Rand Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Big striker, Nyasha Mushekwi, scored the solitary goal that sealed the match for Makepekepe, in a drab match that should have produced more yawns than cheers from the slightly over 1 000 fans. The 1-0 win means that the Zimbabwean Cup Kings sealed the second round encounter dubbed the Battle of the Limpopo 2-1 on aggregate, after they drew 1-1 with the South Africans in Harare a fortnight ago.

The Green Machine, who drew a lot of criticism from both some of their former players and supporters after the 1-1 draw, seized the initiative from the first whistle, launching forays into the Dube Birds half, but failing to find any openings. The two teams lost more possession that they kept for the whole of the first half, Mushekwi blazing over the bar in the 10th minute after benefiting from a defensive lapse by Swallows.

On the other side of the pitch, Phumelele Bhengu drew the best and first real save from Caps United goalkeeper, Edmore Sibanda in the 23rd minute, sending him on a punching save after the young striker had been fed by the burly Collins Mbesuma inside the 18 yard box. As the two teams seemed content with losing possession easily, Mushekwi drove a left footer past Greg Etafia in the 33rd minute for what later proved to be the winner for the Loyd Chitembwe-coached side. Swallows came back from the breather the better of the two sides, but for all the pressure they put on United, they could not find their way past man-of-the-match, Gilbert Mapemba, Method Mwanjali and Nyasha Mukumbi, who booted away on sight.

Sibanda was once again called into action in the 87th minute, when he parried over the bar a stinging shot from Swallows 76th minute substitute, David Radebe, as he ensured that his side held on for the win. Mushekwis participation in the game came to an abrupt end in the 89th minute, when he was carried off the pitch injured, after he had collided with Etafia in a sterile fight for the second goal. Caps win underline the new-found dominance by Zimbabwean clubs over their South African counterparts, after Monomotapa knocked Ajax Cape Town out of the CAF Champions League last year.

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