It was supposed to be a battle royale be-tween two sworn enemies meeting on a neutral ground Barbourfields. But the manner in which CAPS United capitulated against their real enemies Dynamos in this Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final showdown yesterday meant it became a largely one-sided affair as the Glamour Boys powered their way to glory.
The manner in which CAPS United sensationally collapsed left not only their fans and management hurt, but also disappointed neutrals in the appreciative crowd of about 18 000.
CAPS United shone briefly in a tense opening stage of the game in which both sides made a number of unforced errors before crumbling to emerge out of Barbourfields with their tails between their legs after a 3-0 hiding.
But once Dynamos settled, they were clinical in the way they demolished their bitter rivals to secure their second Mbada Diamonds Cup final appearance and more importantly keep alive their dreams of claiming a rare back-to-back league and cup double.
It very difficult for this derby showdown to have a comprehensive winner and the blue half of the capital will probably on reflection note that by the end of business at Barbourfields yesterday, this was one victory that came with so much unexpected ease.
The Green Machine, for all the hype that characterised the big game, were simply clueless and three well-taken goals by star midfielder Denver Mukamba with a first half volley, the predatory Simba Sithole and the rejuvenated self-styled “Prince’’ Roderick Mutu-ma gave Dynamos the victory they deserved.
It could have actually been worse for Makepekepe had Dynamos not chosen to go into showboating mode and decided to humiliate CAPS United more by toying around with the ball than take further aim at Itai Chiwara’s goal.
The disappointment of the way CAPS United fell without much resistance was also noted by some of the domestic game’s legends who were at Barbourfields to witness the derby with a difference.
Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo said the match had been played in typical cup game fashion, but reckoned that CAPS United who finished with 10 men following the expulsion of centre back Arnold Chivheya had paid the price for their lack of discipline and organisation.
Gumbo said Dynamos had been deserved winners as they took control of the game and “knew what they wanted’’.
The seasoned coach who lost to DeMbare at the same venue and at the same stage of the tournament last year when he was in charge of FC Platinum also paid tribute to the fans who provided a carnival atmosphere by choosing to sing instead of hailing missiles onto the pitch.
Not even the helping hand of the Highlanders supporters who sat in the Mpilo end of Barbourfields could provide CAPS United with the extra motivation to stop Dynamos’ dominance over them.
Gumbo said once Dynamos seized control and got their opening goal after 39 minutes, they had done well to keep a grip on the battle.
“It was a typical cup game. You could see the tension even before the game started, but I was happy with the behaviour of the fans, this is how football should be supported.
“CAPS United from point of view never really came to the party and lacked the discipline because I felt Chivheya was silly to continue remonstrating with the referee when he had already made his decision.
“I think Dynamos deserved the win, they took their chances and could have even scored more if they had kept on searching for goals,’’ Gumbo said.
Legendary former Zimbabwe captain and now Warriors assistant coach Peter Ndlovu noted that Dynamos’ team effort had guaranteed them victory.
Peter, however, said he had not expected CAPS United to “retreat into their shell’’ once they were cornered.
“I think Dynamos were organised as a team and when you are organised like that you will win. When Dynamos scored I was surprised that CAPS United failed to respond and there was no fight in the end. They needed to show their fans that even if we are losing, we are not giving in easily.
“I hope CAPS United can learn from this big defeat and know that they have to compete harder and fight throughout the game.