Monday, 4 September 2017


CHAMPIONS CAPS United felt hard done by referee Nkosana Nduna after crashing to defeat in the Harare Derby at the National Sports Stadium yesterday on a day DeMbare’s free-scoring forward — Christian Epoupa Ntouba — rocketed to the top of the scoring charts.

The Cameroonian was the hero of the day with his double strike in his first Harare Derby.
Makepekepe’s assistant coach Fungai Tostao Kwashi felt Nduna played a part in deciding the match, especially his controversial decision to award DeMbare a free-kick from which they virtually ended the match as a contest.

Television replays showed that substitute Moses Muchenje had won the ball legally with a very good challenge on Ocean Mushure.

The Dynamos captain dusted himself up and swung in a wicked ball from the dead ball which Ntouba headed home.

“The second goal they got, I thought it wasn’t supposed to be given because Moses Muchenje actually won that ball, I saw the video, that goal from the free kick, but in football you get calls like that and sometimes the referee makes a good call, sometimes he makes a bad call,’’ said Kwashi.

“You can’t give excuses over that, you can’t complain, he is a human being, it’s football life, but what he does cost matches and we lose points over it, but I am not going to sit here and moan about this, all I can do is look forward to the next encounter which is Bulawayo City on Wednesday.’’
He believes their loss of attacking players affected the team’s shape and flair.
“We came to the party late in the second half. Games of this magnitude, you have to be positive from the word go. First half, Dynamos were the better team,’’ said Kwashi.

“Second half, it was more of chasing the game, and when playing the chasing game and you are one-nil down, it’s tricky because if you don’t get your chances to make it 1-1, unfortunately, you keep pressing and you are also vulnerable at the back because you would have put more men upfront because you are looking for that goal.’’
Ntouba powered to the summit of the goal scoring charts as the Glamour Boys also eased into the second spot by beating their biggest city rivals.

DeMbare have 48 points and are now just three behind pacesetters Chicken Inn.
This was the Gamour Boys’ sixth straight victory, which also saw them climbing into second position by overtaking Tonderai Ndiraya’s Ngezi Platinum, who faltered at Maglas, losing 1-0 to Shabanie Mine.

Ntouba got his first goal just before the end of the first half and scored the second in the 76th minute.

And the Cameroonian forward was excited to score two goals in his first Harare Derby.
“It feels alright to get two goals in a special match against CAPS United, but it is about Dynamos today not Christian,’’ he said.

“It is very good that I have now scored 11 goals, but this only means I have to work even harder for the team.

“I want to win the league with Dynamos and then if I am to move away from the club I would be very happy.

“It is better Dynamos finish number one and I finish number five or six on the scorers list. I have no pressure with the Golden Boot, I just want my team to finish number one.’’ Herald


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