CAPS down but not out: Kumbuyani

HARARE - CAPS United defender Tapiwa Kumbuyani says the club will do everything possible to make sure that sunny days return to the troubled Harare giants.

United are still smarting from a 3-0 hiding at the hands of city rivals Dynamos in the Harare derby at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The defeat, which was Makepekepe’s seventh on the trot, saw the club sink deeper into the murky waters of relegation. They are in 12th place with a paltry 19 points.

“This is CAPS United and the club does not deserve to be in such a position. We have to do our best to retain this club to its rightful place,” Kumbuyani told the Daily News yesterday.

“I’m sure if we get that elusive win, our position on the log will start to improve.”

The Makepekepe fullback still cannot comprehend how the four-time Zimbabwe champions have sunk so low in a season after beginning the season as one of early favourites to win the title.  

With 11 games to go before the season ends, the four-time Zimbabwe champions now find themselves fighting to avoid the dread chop. To add salt to wound, their rivals in Zimbabwe’s Big Three league, Highlanders and Dynamos, are engaged in an interesting fight for the title.

“I don’t know what is really going on because we are putting in 110 percent effort in training and in matches, but we still end up losing,” Kumbuyani said.

“In all the games we have lost, we have tried our level best to win. The only match we deservedly lost was in the derby last weekend against Dynamos. We were below par compared to the last time we played them and it’s very painful to know that we lost 3-0 to our rivals.

“People are going to be talking about this defeat for a long time and it will be hard for us the players to quickly forget about it.”

The United players returned to training yesterday after the derby defeat to DeMbare and according to Kumbuyani, they was a gloomy atmosphere in camp.

“The guys were down at first but at the end of the day it was a little better because we said to ourselves ‘we now need to focus on our coming games’,” said the former Monomotapa defender.

CAPS have a tricky fixture this weekend away to Mutare army side Buffaloes.

 “For us, all our remaining matches are now tough and it doesn’t matter who we are playing against, we have to win at all costs,” said Kumbuyani.

“We have to go to Sakubva and win this match no matter how well Buffaloes are playing at home. This is the mentality that we carry in all our remaining matches.”

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