Break has revitalised CAPS: Mangwiro

HARARE - CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro feels the just-ended Castle Premiership break came at the right time as it helped him to try various combinations in increasing his team's chances of landing their first title in eight years.

Premiership action resumes Wednesday after a two week-break that paved way for the Warriors’ World qualifiers against Egypt and Guinea.

The Green Machine have been blowing hot and cold this season, but Mangwiro believes the break was a “blessing in disguise.”

United face Hwange tomorrow, boosted by the return of midfielder Rahman Kutsanzira from injury.

Mangwiro, meanwhile, has called on his players to executive what they learned during the break.  

“We used the break to good effect,” Mangwiro told Daily News yesterday.

“When I came from the Asiagate suspension I had little time to work with all of our players. So I used the break to assess some of the players. It has given me a clear picture on the type of players that we have as a team.

“I now have a better understanding on most of the players and we are looking forward to do well in our next assignments. The whole idea is to be at the top and maintain shouting distance with the leading pack.  We need to maintain consistency each time we take to the field.

“We don’t want to focus too much on the championship. We just want to improve as a team. Our match against Hwange is very important because it will boost our confidence ahead of our back-to-back matches with Highlanders.”

The former Monomotapa boss added that he was satisfied with the quality of football his team has been exhibiting in the season, but urged the players to turn the display into results.

“We need to turn our dominance into points. We have not always done that,” he said, adding:

“We are happy that everyone is fit, including Kutsanzira, who has been injured for a while.

“I am challenging my players to take pride in wearing the green and white jersey. As you are aware, we are approaching the window period. So this is the time they show they are ready to play for CAPS or be shown the exit door.

In other matches set for tomorrow, Black Rhinos face Tripple B at their newly-adopted home ground, Rimuka Stadium, while Motor Action welcome FC Platinum at home.

Fixtures

Wednesday: Black Mambas v Shabanie Mine (Morris Depot), Highlanders v Chicken Inn (Barbourfields), Buffaloes v Dynamos (SS9, Sakubva), Black Rhinos v Tripple B (Rimuka), CAPS United v Hwange (National Sports Stadium), Motor Action v FC Platinum (Motor Action).

Thursday: How Mine v Triangle (Luveve), Harare City v Monomotapa SS9 (Rufaro).

Saturday: Tripple B v Buffaloes (Dulibadzimu), FC Platinum v Black Rhinos (Mandava), CAPS United v Highlanders (SS9, National Sports Stadium).

Sunday: Shabanie Mine v Chicken Inn (Maglas), Triangle United v Black Mambas (Gibbo), Dynamos v How Mine(SS9, Rufaro), Monomotapa v Motor Action (Gwanzura), Hwange v Harare City (Colliery). - Godknows Matarutse

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