Moffat Mungazi Sports Correspondent
CAPS UNITED’S Dangamvura-bred forward Phineas Bamusi has described their return to winning ways as a timely and perfect tonic that can spur them to more glory when they cross swords for superiority against arch rivals Dynamos this Sunday at Rufaro.
MaKepeKepe tasted victory again on Sunday after overcoming Yadah Stars 2-0 following a five-match fruitless streak which had seen them struggling for fluency and secure only a single win, one draw and three defeats – including two on the trot.
Bamusi was instrumental in their latest triumph, which he believes marks the revival of their fortunes. At his imperious best over the entire 90 minutes, the pint-sized and pacey winger was directly involved in both goals; providing the assist for striker John Zhuwawo’s opener in the first half before earning the penalty which was converted by midfielder Joe Ngodzo in the second stanza after he was upended in the box. The former Buffaloes attacker has since shifted focus to his side’s cross-town traditional foes in readiness for the weekend’s storied Harare Derby.
“It feels great to be victorious again because the previous four matches had been disappointing. The dip in form was a short-lived phase which would always pass and ignite an upturn in our fortunes. While that bad form was only temporary, it was important that we got to learn from what had been of our season thus far; both the good and the bad. Our win over Yadah ended that barren spell and galvanised us to raise our game to the desired levels.
“This was just a minor setback, but we are getting our groove back and have to keep looking up. It was only a matter of time before we became dominant again. Our fans must continue to solidly rally behind the club that in our next game against Dynamos they will have something to cheer their spirits and smile about. We remain convinced that we can still fare better than what our potential has so far delivered. DeMbare should brace for their toughest match of the season because we are seeking maximum points for all the obvious reasons,” said a bullish Bamusi.
Having last won in May, a 3-0 drubbing of Hwange, MaKepeKepe had since then continued stumbling and fumbling for victory. With even the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations-enforced three-week pause in Premiership action failing to bring any respite, were the wheels coming off for the Green Machine – who won four and drew one of their opening five games, keeping clean sheets in four and conceding only twice – and threatening to derail their campaign?
Bamusi thought not.
“We remain a competitive outfit that can still challenge for top honours; that is what CAPS United are known for and we have to go that way. Remember we had a very bright start to the season during which we went top of the table and we can still get back there again. We will continue pulling in the same direction and are getting back on the right track. Our campaign is still on course and we can deliver,” asserted the ex-Mutare United livewire winger, who expressed optimism for a podium finish for the 2016 league winners.
And with his partner-in-destruction Gabriel Nyoni signing up for Maritzburg United after successfully making the grade when the South Africa Absa Premiership side ran the rule over him, Bamusi has extra responsibility on his shoulders to salvage the season for CAPS United by adding to his seven assists so far as well as score goals.
That quest to conquer continues this weekend against the fading Glamour Boys.