It was a success story for the two remaining Zimbabwean representatives in the African competition. Gunners and Lengthens, the other two teams who were representing the country in the African Champions league and Caf Confederation Cup, were eliminated in the early rounds of the competition. However, its still game on for Dynamos and CAPS giants in the battle for the biggest prize in African football.
Dynamos were away to Botswana, where they played Gaborone United for a battle for a place in the money spinning league phase of the competition. And, to their credit, Dynamos came out with flying colours following a 4-2 aggregate win that earned them a place in the lucrative group stage of the competition. Dynamos went into the match with a comfortable 4-1 lead cushion from the first leg in Harare two weeks back and it was always going to be a tall order for the home to turn over the tables.
The qualification by Dynamos was made sweeter by the fact that it was coach Elvis Chiweshe’s major success in his coaching career. He took over the managerial reigns at Dynamos from David Mandigora in April last year but failed to win any silverware with the Harare giants. He was beaten to the Charity Shield by old foes CAPS United and was also beaten to the ultimate prize of domestic football- the league title by rookies Gunners after having led the race from the start before cracking under the weight of expectations at the end.
In Harare, CAPS United defied the odds staked against them following a premiership winless run in which they have just managed two draws and a defeat to bitter rivals Dynamos. United, backed by a vociferous home crowd, dumped Nigerian outfit Warri
Wolves from the tournament after upstaging them 2-0. Big strikers Nyasha Mushekwi and Leonard Tsipa scored for Makepekepe.
CAPS United went into the match trailing 2-1 after a defeat in the first leg in Nigeria, but still came out with full marks that earned them a place in the final round of the qualifiers.
CAPS United coach Llody Chitembwe punched the air in delight after the match as he expressed his delight. “The team played according to instructions. I have never doubted the lads. They responded well and I am delighted that we are through to the final round despite having fallen behind following a 2-1 defeat in the first leg. The team showed great character. It shows our league is very competitive and one of the best in Africa,” he said.Post published in: Zimbabwe Sports News