CAPS eye Platinum double

HARARE - CAPS United assistant coach Brenna Msiska says they are aiming to continue with their fine form when they travel to Mandava Stadium to meet FC Platinum Wednesday.

Makepekepe go into the match with a spring in their step, having won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the National Sports Stadium in the first half of the season.

The Green Machine has also gone for eight matches without defeat, a run which has seen them climb to fourth on the ?Castle Premiership log standings.

United now have 31 points from 18 games and trail log leaders Harare City by six points while FC Platinum is in sixth place on the log with 29 points.

“We are ready to face Platinum,” declared Msiska. “The break has affected us but we are aiming to continue with our fine run.

"The team has been playing well of late and the fighting spirit is high among the boys. All the boys are aiming for nothing short of a victory and a draw will not be good enough for us.”

United beat Monomotapa 2-1 in their last league outing in July before the league took a break to allow the country to hold the harmonised election and the Warriors’ Championship of African Nations assignments.

Striker Dominic Chungwa and midfielder Moses Muchenje were on target in that win over the 2008 Zimbabwe champions.

That victory over Monoz was preceded by consecutive away draws against Highlanders and Hwange.

Although Makepekepe are on a good run of form heading into this afternoon’s match, Msiska warned his charges not to underrate the platinum miners, who have been blowing hot and cold this season.

“FC Platinum is a good team but we are looking for a positive result. Last time we played against them we were able to win but it was a tough match,” said the former Makepekepe goalkeeper.

“We don’t want to put ourselves under unnecessary pressure. We are sticking to our game plan. We expect them to launch a serious battle and fight.

“If we are to read much into their recent slump and think it will be an easy match, we will be in for a surprise.”

Msiska added: “We are ready for the big fight and we have been emphasising it to our players that they should not take to the field with a hangover from the reverse fixture as this is a totally new game all together.”

The battle for the top spot will continue with log leaders Harare City looking forward to maintaining their lead when they travel to Beitbridge to play Tripple B today.

Highlanders, who are currently second on the log standings, will be away to Black Mambas at Morris Depot tomorrow.

In a Bulawayo derby, Chicken Inn will square off against How Mine.

Tomorrow, Harare giants Dynamos will take on troubled Motor Action at Rufaro Stadium.

Fixtures:

Wednesday: Monomotapa v Hwange (Rufaro), FC Platinum v Caps United (Mandava), Tripple B v Harare City (Dulibadzimu), Chicken Inn v How Mine (Barbourfields).

Thursday: Shabanie Mine v Buffaloes (Maglas), Dynamos v Motor Action (Rufaro), Triangle United v Black Rhinos (Gibbo), Black Mambas v Highlanders (Morris Depot).

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