CLAIMS that Caps United wasted money by signing striker Shingi Kaondera were diffused when the former Warriors attacker exhibited his old touch and class in their Premiership clash against Black Mambas on Wednesday.
His performance will no doubt make the Harare giants’ clash with Highlanders in Bulawayo this Sunday all that much more fascinating.
If class is permanent, Kaondera certainly still has it.
That he did not score does not detract from his display, for he dissected the Black Mambas defense many times with fellow frontman Evans Gwekwerere either failing to convert or drifting off-side.
Kaondera has the aura of a saviour and could be the answer for goal-shy Caps United.
The transfer window is still ajar and there are whispers in Caps corridors of more players coming in, but they may have hit the jackpot by signing Kaondera. He might have lost a little of his speed, but he will make up for that with force, vision and pass precision.
“I am happy with the way I started but the important thing is to help the team win. I think we can only get better and I hope we can get the elusive goals against Highlanders in the next match,” said Kaondera after their match against Mambas.
The 29-year-old’s involvement brings an interestingly new dimension for the game against a Highlanders side that has been impressive while struggling for goals. With a better conversion rate Caps would have collected all three points against Mambas, just as they should have won their previous match against Buffaloes.
Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu however is the happier of the two coaches after collecting maximum points in the last match.
Caps coach Sean Connor said: “The good thing is that we have gone for six matches without defeat. We hope to start getting those goals and collect maximum points. It’s a tough match against Highlanders but we are prepared.”
The stage is thus set for the two teams to reaffirm their title credentials, while the respective strikers have the chance to redeem themselves.
The Gwekwerere, Lloyd Chitembwe (Connor’s assistant) clashes on the training ground have seen the striker make headlines over issues that have nothing to do with his job — scoring goals. Against Mambas he held the ball well upfront and linked up well with Kaondera, and the combination looks like it could condemn both Washington Pakamisa and Clive Kawinga to the bench.
Highlanders will place hopes on Graham Ncube who has so far scored five times, but that form appears to be on the wane. Milton Ncube has the same tally while Bevan Chikaka will be expected to improve his conversion.
Mthulisi Maphosa has been Bosso’s driving force in midfield and his experience will come in handy in this important match.
Saturday; Black Mambas v Quelaton, Rufaro: Chicken Inn v Motor Action, Luveve
Sunday; Highlanders v CAPS United, Barbourfields: Hwange v Gunners, Colliery Stadium: Dynamos v Blue Rangers
Shabanie v Harare city, Maglas: Buffaloes v FC Platinum, Sakubva and Monomotapa v Hardbody, Gwanzura