CAPS United coach, Lloyd Chitembwe, has said that he is impressed by his team’s performance as they beat Lesotho champions Lioli FC in the CAF Champions League second leg first round match in Harare.
Addressing journalists in the wake of their 2-1 comeback win, Chitembwe expressed satisfaction with the way his troops set about the return leg as they now prepare for TP Mazembe away in Kinshasa, DR Congo.
“It was a very good game. I thought we applied ourselves very well; we had a lot of urgency in our game today, a lot of speed; speed of thought was there, speed of reaction was very good and the speed of execution. I thought most of the aspects of speed were evident in our game today and I’m very happy. [It’s] unlike the way we played in Maseru, so I’m very impressed,” he said.
CAPS United conceded on 19 minutes and momentarily appeared to be losing control of the match going into the break trailing the Lesotho champions 1-0.
Chitembwe hailed his substitutions as the turning point of the match as United came back from 1-0 to clinch a vital 2-1 win.
Abbas Amidu came on for Tafadzwa Rusike at half time while Kabby Kamhapa came on for Joel Ngodzo on 55 minutes. Ronald Chitiyo, who scored the winner, came off for Kudzai Nyamufukudza two minutes before the end of regulation time.
“I think the turning point for as far as I’m concerned was the substitutions that we made. ‘Fire’ [Tafadzwa Rusike] was good but in terms of giving us the forward thrust that we wanted I’m sure he was not as explosive as we would have liked.
“With Abbas coming in I think he very explosive [and] each moment he was in possession of the ball he was very threatening and yes, I thought that was the turning point of the game,” he said.