CAPS boosted by Nyamandwe return

HARARE - CAPS United’s attacking options for the Castle Premiership clash with Monomotapa tomorrow has been boosted by the return of striker Tawanda Nyamandwe.

The former Kiglon and Monomotapa striker missed CAPS’s last two matches against Tripple B and FC Platinum as he was away in Malawi with the national side.   

 The Green Machine, who are bubbling with confidence after last weekend’s 2-1 win against highly-fancied FC Platinum, will be banking on the exploits of Nyamandwe to get points off his former team.  

 Nyamandwe’s combination of strength, holding up play and well-timed passes will be a welcome addition to a CAPS attack which still lacking firepower.

 “It’s not only just him, but we are obviously boosted by his return,” United coach Taurai Mangwiro told Daily News yesterday.

 “He is a complete player and we will obviously be hoping that he gets his act together and start scoring those goals. Our preparations have been going on well.

 “We have been telling the guys about consistency. We want to bring life to our campaign. So for us, it’s going to be a crucial match. Monoz are a good side and they will not make it easy for us.

 “They are a formidable outfit with a lot of exciting youngsters. They are doing well and I am happy for them. I still treasure my days there. We have a very good relationship but for the 90 minutes we will be rivals,” added Mangwiro in reference to his time at Monomotapa, where he was the head coach before joining CAPS last year.

 Makepekepe will however miss skipper Tapiwa Kumbuyani, who have been blacklisted alongside 11 other players to miss this weekend’s matches through suspensions.

 The roving right-back is haunted by the accumulation of three yellow cards he picked in previous games against Motor Action, How Mine and Tripple B.

 Midfielder  Hardlife Zvirekwi is also out as he will be tying the knot on the same day.

 “We will definitely miss Zvirekwi and Kumbuyani. Rahman Kutsanzira is also out after picking up a thigh injury during a reserve practise match.”

 Monomotapa, winless in their last three games, welcome back strikers Kuda Musharu and Ronald Chitiyo, who were in Malawi with the national side for an international friendly that ended one all.

But the 2008 champions have a proud record against Makepekepe and last lost a match to the Green Machine in August 2009.

Biggie Zuze’s men are keen to stretch that record.

Elsewhere, champions Dynamos face army side Black Rhinos at Rufaro on Sunday hoping to make another giant step towards in the defence of their title.

 DeMbare welcome back defender Partson Jaure, midfielder Cliff Sekete and striker Patrick Kumbula, who all resumed lighting training this week after suffering from different ailments.

FIXTURES

Tomorrow: FC Platinum v Harare City (Mandava), Chicken Inn v Black Mambas (Luveve), Triangle v Buffaloes (Gibbo), Tripple B v Motor Action (Dulibadzimu), Monomotapa v CAPS United (Rufaro, SS9)

 Sunday: Dynamos v Black Rhinos (Rufaro, SS9), Hwange v Highlanders (Colliery), Shabanie Mine v How Mine (Maglas). - Godknows Matarutse

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