CAPS expect tough test

HARARE - CAPS United, who have largely struggled for form this year in the Premiership, are bracing for a tough Mbada Diamonds Cup first round tie against last year’s losing finalists Motor Action at Trojan in Bindura tomorrow.

Despite Makepekepe registering their first victory under Taurai Mangwiro since taking over as coach five games ago, goalkeepers coach Brenna Msiska believes the Mighty Bulls will give them a severe test.

“Motor Action were losing finalists last year so they are the team to beat,” Msiska told reporters during the CAPS weekly press conference yesterday.

“The win over Hardbody (in a midweek league match) is just the beginning. The pressure is still on. This is a cup game so anything can happen because it is a knockout.”

Msiska conceded that his team, which has developed a habit of conceding late goals, has to improve in defence.

“The goal we conceded was due to lack of concentration. For us to win games we need to improve on that.”

Makepekepe, who will be without injured midfielder Edmore Chafungamoyo, could hand a debut to former Highlanders and University of Pretoria striker Nqobile Mpala.

“Mpala is now registered so we can use him this Saturday if we decide so. Evans Gwekwerere could also play a part against Motor Action because he is now back at training.”

Defender Tawanda Munyanduri, whose spirited overlapping run into the Hardbody box created David Rediyoni’s late second goal, is confident that the Hardbody triumph will trigger an unbeaten run.

“I was very happy to create the winning goal. The game was about to end so I decided to go join the attack. I am glad it worked. I hope from now on we will win games consistently. It is possible through hard work to make CAPS Cup kings again.”

Meanwhile, the leader of CAPS United Supporters Federation Harare Chapter, Onismus Matsika, has promised an invasion of Bindura by Green Machine supports tomorrow.

“Even when wins were hard to come by, we never deserted the team. We will be in Bindura in our numbers to support our team.”

FIRST ROUND FIXTURES


Tomorrow: Highlanders v Blue Rangers (Barbourfields), Monomotapa v Hardbody (Dulibadzimu), CAPS United v Motor Action (Trojan), FC Platinum v Harare City (Nyamhunga).

Sunday: Dynamos v Quelaton (Rufaro), Chicken Inn v Gunners (Pelandaba), Buffaloes v Black Mambas (Sakubva), Shabanie Mine v Hwange (Maglas).

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