By Onoche Anibeze
In recent times Zimbabwe has been known for bad news than other things. It followed the time of Robert Mugabeâ€™s dictatorial rule and how they haveÂ battledÂ withÂ hunger,social vices and political crises, that further impoverished the people.But yesterday Caps United FC painted a differentÂ picture of Mugabeâ€™s country.
They made good runs, played good football and didnâ€™t cut the image of a people from a country that has been ravaged by social and economic upheavals.Â CapsÂ lifted their country in the 90 minutes game at the Warri township stadium. Though they lost 2-1 to Warri Wolves in the CAF Confederations Cup, their resilience, total play and the away goal they scored in the slim margin defeat could count for them at the second leg billed for Harare.
And should they have the last laugh, Wolves have themselves to blame. In the first five minutes Warri Wolves lost two chances. Their misses continued with four other clear chances, one of which hitÂ the post. Two were unbelievably missed on the line.
Ekijho Ehiosun headed in Warri Wolvesâ€™ fist goal in 40th minute and Omonigho Temile scored the second with terrific shot that sent Warri fans dancing. Many expected more from the players, but that was all they had to offer.
Mushekwi Nyasha capitalized on a Wolves blunder from the midfield and dribbled past two defenders and clinically beat Chigozie Agbim to score their only goal.
Warriâ€™s sad story started when Gift Atiluwa substituted Temile. Atiluwa killed the game of Warri Wolves. He could not attack, he could not defend and pass the ball. Former national team coach Fanny Amun kept asking â€˜who is this man, where is he from, why bring him in? Many others shared his view. Atiluwa was so bad that Amun suggested that he should be changed.
The goal Warri Wolves conceded was when he lost the ball in the middle and Wolves never gained possession, until the ball rested at the back of their net.
â€œWell, it would have been different if had taken our chances. We have no option but to go there and fight back,â€ said Wolves coach, Lawrence Akpokona.
Caps United have been consistent in their campaign, they beat Moroka Swallows of South Africa away, before coming to Warri to battled the Wolves.