CAPS seek to end poor away form

HARARE – Former champions CAPS United will be looking to end their poor away form tomorrow when they travel to Ascot Stadium to face league returnees Chapungu as the Premier League action resumes following a one week break.

The Castle Premiership action was last week suspended to pave way for Warriors’ 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania which eventually saw Zimbabwe eliminated at the first hurdle.    

The Green Machine’s coach Taurai Mangwiro, has expressed discomfort over his side’s inability to pick a point on the road since the start of the season.

Makepekepe have been impressive in Harare but have failed woefully to replicate the feat on the road. The former champions have lost in all the three occasions they have played outside the capital at FC Platinum (2-1), Highlanders (4-0) and How Mine (2-0).

Mangwiro believes the duel against the airmen tomorrow offers him a rare opportunity to end the away point jinx.

“We really need to improve on our form. That’s my main worry going into this match,” Mangwiro told Daily News yesterday.

“We have been poor on the road and we should start picking points away from home. We not picked a single point outside Harare this season and we should be worried as a team.

“Chapungu have been playing good football especially at home and we need to be at our best if we are to come out with a good result”.

Mangwiro revealed his players are ready for selection save for left back Ronald Pfumbidzayi who is serving a suspension for accumulating three yellow cards.

“We have had a short break and it gave us time for our two captains, Tapiwa Kumbuyani and Tafadzwa Dube, to recover. Pfumbidzayi is the only casualty as he is suspended for this match.

“While he is an important player to the club, I think it also gives others a chance to prove themselves. We have enough cover and we are looking forward to the match.

“We respect Chapungu as our opponents but we don’t fear them as we walk into Ascot. If can play our normal game I don’t see anything that can stop us from picking maximum points”.

Mangwiro added: “It have not been easy assembling an almost new side at the start of the season. I am happy with the way the boys progressing. We need to work on few areas and see how the season progress.

The Taurai Mangwiro’s men currently sit on seventh place with 14 points after nine rounds of action. United have so far managed four wins, two draws and three defeats.

Fixtures:

Today: Bantu Rovers v ZPC Kariba (Luveve, SS)

Tomorrow: How Mine v Harare City (Luveve, SS), Chapungu v CAPS United (Ascot), Blck Rhinos v Buffaloes (Rimuka), Chiredzi v Hwange (Chishamiso)

Sunday: Highlanders v FC Platinum (Barbourfields, SS), Dynamos v Triangle (NSS), Shabnie Mine v Chicken Inn (Maglas)

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