Malawian gangling forward Ishmael Thindwa finally broke the duck and scored his first goal for Zimbabwean club Caps United in the 4-0 demolition of Highlanders in a Castle Lager Premier League game on Sunday at National Sports Stadium in Harare.
The goal, which came nine months after his arrival in Zimbabwe, provided relief for the lanky forward who was reduced to a sideshow in the recent past.
Incredibly, apart from his goal that came in the fifth minute, Thindwa was also named man-of-the-match.
According to one of Zimbabwe’s leading dailies, The Herald, Thindwa opened the score sheet for the Green Machine before Nicholas Alifandika added the second then came an own-goal by Dumisani Ndlovu. Kelvin Bulaji then killed the game as a contest with a firm header in the 75th minute.
However, Thindwa’s compatriots—defender George Nyirenda and winger Gerald Phiri Jnr— who also play for Caps, were not thrown into service.
With Sunday’s win, third-placed Caps maintained the pressure on the leading pack of rivals Dynamos and ZPC Kariba with five games to go before the season ends.
Dynamos sit top of the Castle Premiership log with 49 points, ZPC is second with 47 while Makepekepe [Caps] is third on 45 points.
“We wanted to atone for the loss that we suffered at Barbourfields and I’m happy the players came to party and delivered,” said Caps coach Taurai Mangwiro said after the match.