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DOMINIC Mukandi gave Caps United their first win over Dynamos in five years in the semi-finals of the ZNA Charities at the National Stadium on Sunday to set up a final against FC Platinum.

Caps are the defending champions in the competition after beating Black Rhinos 2-0 in last year’s final at Rufaro.

FC Platinum beat Highlanders 3-2 at Barbourfields in the other semi-final with Allan Gahadzikwa’s double propelling Pure Platinum Play to yet another victory over their much fancied opponents.

Mitchelle Katsvairo scored the third for Platinum while Bosso got their goals from Ozias Zibande and Eric Mudzingwa.

This was Platinum’s second win over Bosso in a cup competition this season as they edged them 65- on penalties in the semi-finals of the Independence Trophy which they went on to win after beating Dynamos 3-0 in the final on April 18 in Harare.

At the National Sports Stadium, Caps took aantage of a disjointed Dynamos to control the midfield with man of the match Tendai Samanja pulling the strings.

With the support of Moses Muchenje, Leonard Fiyado and Dominic Chungwa, Caps overcame the Dynamos midfield and from one such sweeping move, the Green Machine strung a number of passes which ended with Fiyado laying the ball for Mukandi.

Mukandi struck the ball, from the edge of the box, first time with his outer foot to beat his name sake Artwell Mukandi in the 37th minute.

After the break, stand-in coach Philemon Mutyakureva brought in Washington Pakamisa and Cliff Sekete for Oscar Machapa and Walter Mukanga, but that failed to alter the complexion of the match as they failed to convert the chances they created.

Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro conceded the match had been lost in midfield.

“We failed to control the midfield. It was just a bad day in the office for us and we conceded a soft goal,” he said.

Caps coach Taurai Mangwiro was excited.

“This is the first time we have beaten them in five seasons and naturally I am happy and also this is the first time we have won two games in a row. I hope this gives the boys some confidence going into the next league match,” Mangwiro said.

Caps United 1-0 Dynamos

Highlanders 2-3 FC Platinum

Source : New Zimbabwe