CAPS still believe despite derby defeat

HARARE - CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro has urged his players not despair after another disappointing Harare Derby loss at the hands of bitter rivals Dynamos on Sunday.

Makepekepe continued to leave in the shadows of their city neighbours Dynamos after going down 1-0 at Rufaro Stadium.

Oscar Machapa broke the hearts of the United faithful after he scored with a beautiful curling effort seven minutes before halftime.

The defeat means that United have now gone for four years without a win over DeMbare in the derby and also ended their 10-game unbeaten run.

In truth, United were their own enemies as they failed to threaten George Chigova’s goal despite enjoying a lot of possession especially in the second half.

What left Mangwiro a more worried man is that his team has failed to score against the Glamour Boys during his entire rein.

“I don’t want to say Dynamos are a better team to CAPS United even if they won at the end of the day,” Mangwiro said.

Mangwiro said the results of the previous Harare Derby encounters have bruised his ego.

“For me, I feel very bad that we have failed to score against Dynamos in the three matches that I have been in charge of, it’s worrisome,” he said.

Mangwiro added that the Green Machine owed it to their long suffering fans to soldier on despite recent poor performances against their rivals.

“I’m not going to despair. If anything we have to work even harder and we will get there. We have to look to the future,” he said.

“It’s worrisome that we have been living in the shadows of Dynamos but we should just keep working hard.”

CAPS are now in fifth place on the log and now trail log leaders Dynamos by six points with nine games left before the season ends.

Even after the weekend setback, Mangwiro is still looking forward to mounting a serious title challenge in the remaining matches.

“But I still feel that it’s not just Dynamos that we are competing against, there are 15 other Premiership teams we are going up against,” the former Monomotapa coach said.

“Let’s take it from here and see where we are at the end of the season. It’s unfortunate but I think we tried our level best.

“We need to pick ourselves up and give the title challenge everything we have.

The focus for United is now their remaining matches and hope that Dynamos will drop some more points as they still have some tricky fixtures to play.

“It’s now six points between us and Dynamos but at this stage of the season, teams will be cancelling each other out. We just need to concentrate on our matches and see where that takes us,” said Mangwiro.

Dynamos are now favourites to land their third title on the trot after this weekend’s action in the Premiership.

Both second placed Harare City and third placed Highlanders failed to collect maximum points over the weekend.

Harare City were held to a 2-2 draw in the Lowveld by Triangle while Highlanders suffered a 1-0 loss How Mine at Barbourfields Stadium.

City now trail Dynamos by two points while Bosso is a further four points off the pace.

Comments (2)

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KWEKWE - 17 September 2013

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Bulawayo - 18 September 2013

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