21 March 2017
ZPC Kariba coach Sunday ‘Mhofu’ Chidzambwa believes CAPS United can match any opponent in Africa.
CAPS reached the mini-league phase of the CAF Champions League after getting the better of TP Mazembe on the away goals rule on Sunday.
The legendary Mhofu remains the only local coach to reach the Champions League final and also making it to the mini-league stage of the tournament at least twice.
Mhofu led Dynamos to the 1998 final against Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast.
“The result against TP Mazembe means CAPS United were determined from the onset. Mazembe are five-time champions of the CAF Champions League and they are experienced.
“It’s was a case of David facing Goliath. However, if one wants to be the best, he must beat the best teams. I need to officially congratulate CAPS United, Lloyd Chitembwe and the players for a great show.
It’s not for CAPS United alone but for Zimbabwean football at large.
“I understand that fellow Zimbabweans never gave them a chance.
“I strongly believe that Mazembe also underrated CAPS United and it worked in their favour.
“Their brave show must be applauded. If a team is so united and players fight for each other in such big games, then they can face anyone in Africa. Team spirit and self-belief are very essential for any team and that compliments the coach’s effort,” he said.
Chidzambwa thinks CAPS United’s solitary strike by Abbas Amidu in DRC was good enough to frustrate Mazembe.
He further singled out their defenders for a great show in the return leg.
“That away goal was very crucial. Vakapedza bhora. However, I would want to salute their defense particularly in the second leg. I watched the match on television and they were organised. Their offside trap worked perfectly. They survived scary moments but their goalkeeper was super. In the second half, the tempo was high but the defenders never put their foot wrong.
“I think it was their best performance as a team considering the opponent they were facing on the day,” Mhofu added.