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Green Sunday: Caps Dethrone TP Mazembe as African Football Kings

Harare . – After a drama-filled week in which Issa Hayatou waved goodbye to African soccer , the second leg of the Champions league between...

Harare. – After a drama-filled week in which Issa Hayatou waved goodbye to African soccer, the second leg of the Champions league between Caps and TP Mazembe produced another dose of exciting plus controversial football.

Hayatou like Mazembe had become a permanent feature of African football, sometimes trailed by controversy, just like Mazembe who were accused of cheating their way to stardom.

After a 1-all draw a week earlier in Lubumbashi, DRC – Caps required a draw to sail through, while five-time champions TP Mazembe needed a clear win to secure their safe passage into the lucrative group stages.
Caps United Beat TP Mazembe in the Champions League in Harare

The game started on a fast pace, Mazembe seeking an earlier goal to cancel Caps’ advantage. Their deft passing gave the Harare side regular anxious moments, resulting in an early set piece that requested Edmore Sibanda’s acrobatic excellence.

TP Mazembe’s influence in African football is fast-fledging, just like Hayatou who was dethroned by little known Ahmed Ahmed from Madagascar recently. In the end, the team promised cars as a bonus, were left seething in anger for failing to score a goal against Caps who are slowly crawling from the football death bed.

Caps started stronger in defence, with their back four discontinuing counter attacks launched by the more physical built and experienced opponents. The backline and midfield marshaled by Captain Moses Muchenje absorbed potential threats by the DRC outfit.

Caps forced five corner kicks against Mazembe’s two in the first half while the latter the used offside trap to their advantage as they thwarted Caps dangerous moves. Adama Traore and Asante Slomo gave the packed National Sports Stadium uneasy phases with their sleek moves, but their solo efforts did not stop ‘Makepekepe’ from turning Harare green leaves, resembling their traditional regalia.

As the game progressed, tempers flared as both sides sought glory. Mazembe were rejuvenated for the second half, creating more space – but found Sibanda positioned well.

Caps United will get $550 000 for their efforts, while Mazembe return to the drawing board.

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