We'II miss Zvirekwi, Nyamandwe – Mangwiro

HARARE - Iin-form CAPS United utility player Hardlife Zvirekwi and striker Tawanda Nyamandwe are set to miss the Green Machine’s Castle Premiership clash with Black Mambas tomorrow.

The two, who have been in impressive form so far this season, have travelled with the Zimbabwe national team for a friendly match against Zambia in Lusaka on Sunday.

Nyamandwe and Zvirekwi have powered the Green Machine to fifth place on the log standings with nine points, scoring five of United’s six goals between them.

Makepekepe coach Taurai Mangwiro said the pair will be missed.  

 “I think we are definitely going to miss the two players because if you look at it, they have been very effective for the team this season,” Mangwiro told Daily News yesterday.

“They have contributed a lot to the team. But at the same time, it gives other guys an opportunity to prove their worth. As you are aware, we are on a re-building exercise and we have a lot of players who haven’t been given a run.”

CAPS United situation has also been worsened by the injury to rejuvenated hard running forward Rahman Kutsanzira who has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game while enterprising left-back Ronald Pfumbidzayi will have to pass a late fitness test before he can be cleared to play.  

The Green Machine however welcome back midfielder Tendai Samanja, who missed last weekend’s game against How Mine after falling sick, and defender Tawanda Munyanduri, who has been on the sidelines since last year.

“Kutsanzira is definitely out and Pfumbidzayi’s chances of playing are 50-50. Samanja is back at training and will be up for selection, so is Munyanduri, who last played last year following a knee problem.

“Our preparations have been going on well and we are looking forward to pick another full set of maximum points. Black Mambas is a good team and they have been playing well lately.”

Black Mambas, who beat Hwange 1-0 in their last match, will be without the services of midfielder Nicolas Alifandika and striker Last Chibwiro, who are also with the Warriors.

Elsewhere, big-spending Harare City face newly-promoted How Mine at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow.

Log leaders FC Platinum will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they host Gishon Ntini’s Triangle at Mandava Stadium tomorrow. Platinum were handed a 1-0 defeat by Shabanie Mine in the Zvishavane derby, their first ever loss to their neighbours.

Motor Action complete tomorrow’s action when they host high-riding Buffaloes at Motor Action Sports Club.

FIXTURES

Tomorrow: FC Platinum v Triangle (Mandava), CAPS United v Black Mambas (Gwanzura), Harare City v How Mine (Rufaro), Motor Action v Buffaloes (Motor Action Sports Club).

Sunday: Tripple B v Dynamos (Mandava), Monomotapa v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro), Highlanders v Black Rhinos (Barbourfields), Hwange v Chicken Inn (Colliery). -
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