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Black Sunday for CAPS, Dynamos in Africa

[Posted 19 Jul 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Both Dynamos & CAPS Utd lost in continental competitions on weekend

Zimbabwean clubs, CAPS United and Dynamos had a black Sunday, following their defeats against continental opponents Al Hilal of Sudan and TP Mazembe in the CAF Confederations Cup and Champions league respectively.

CAPS United, were thrashed 5-0 by the Sudanese giants Al Hilal in Omdurman on Sunday. CAPS were hit by an avalanche of goals from Al Hilal which included a hat-trick from Zimbabwean-born striker Edward Sadomba who scored in the 30th, 37th and 47th minutes of the match. Al Hilal's other goals came from Khalefa who opened the scoring just on 10 minutes and Eltaib who found the home team's 5th goal in the 69th minute.

CAPS will surely now need to move mountains if they still entertain any hopes of progressing to the mini-league phase of the CAF Confederations Cup. The impossible task at CAPS' hands is to wipe-off a huge deficit of minus 5 goals past a team of Al Hilal's experience. It looks like CAPS have started to feel the heat of losing more than half the team due to player sales to South Africa. It was bound to happen sooner or later that the new-look CAPS United would be exposed by a better organised team which has played together for many months. The day arrived in Omdurman on Sunday. Sceptics have already concluded that CAPS is as good as out of the Confederations Cup. Soccer is known to be a game of suprises, but rarely has the world witnessed a team wiping off a deficit of 5 goals.

Dynamos, Zimbabwe's remaining Champions league representative, suffered a humiliation painful to even imagine, when they were humbled 0-2 by Champions league holders TP Mazembe at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday in their Group A opening clash .

If CAPS' away loss was less surprising given the fact that a completely new team was sent into battle against seasoned campaigners Al Hilal, the manner in which Dynamos capitulated under the pressure from a better prepared Mazembe was surprising to the team's home fans. The Glamour Boys recorded a victory away from home against Mazembe's compatriots FC Lupopo in the first round, and then notched good home victories against Lupopo and Botswana's Gaborone FC whom they beat 4-1. The least result that their fans expected was a draw. To lose by 0-2 will surely be too much to swallow for the proud De-Mbare followers.

Dembare were punished by two great goals from Zambian international Given Singuluma. The Zambian, who was top goal scorer at the inaugural African Championship of Nations (CHAN) finals in the Ivory Coast in 2009, found the all important goals for Mazembe in the first half of the Sunday encounter.  He opened the scoring in the 17th minute, and by the 33rd minute, Singuluma had completed his double in an important away win for Mazembe. Dynamos rarely lose at home in the Champions league.

Dynamos failed to recover from that slip-up, and Mazembe were more than happy to defend the precious away victory in the second half, despite Dynamos' improved performance in that half. That result gives the Congolese reason to boast that they are on course to retain the Champions league title which they won after beating Heartland of Nigeria in last year's final. They shot to the top of Group A following their crucial victory in Harare.

In another Group A match played on Friday 16 July, Esperance of Tunisia also registered an important away victory in Group A over Algeria’s Entente Setif. Wajdi Bouazzi scored the match winner on 52 minutes. TP Mazembe sit at the top on goal-difference, followed by Esperance, while Entente Setif and Dynamos anchor the table.

In Group B, another Algerian team JS Kabylie continued the weekend story of away wins when they pipped Egypt's Ismaily 1-0 in Ismailia. Defender Essaid Belkalem scored the goal 14 minutes from time to give the Algerians, who won the continental club championship in 1981 and 1990, a victory which took them to the summit of Group B.

In the other Group B match, Egyptian giants Al Ahly travelled to Nigeria for a date with Heartland and fought gallantly to return from Owerri with a point after salvaging a 1-1 draw. Bello Kofarmata gave Heartland the lead on 49 minutes before Mohamed Aboutreika forced a draw from the spot later in the game.


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