Kumbuyani hails CAPS' commitment

HARARE - CAPS United captain Tapiwa Kumbuyani has hailed his team’s commitment and determination after the Green Machine’s 3-0 win over Shabanie Mine on Sunday.

Kumbuyani, who had an outstanding match for Makepekepe, feels the Harare giants can go on to mount a serious title challenge if they can improve on their away form.  

Pervington Zimunya, Gerald Phiri and Ronald Pfumbidzayi were on target for the Green Machine as Taurai Mngwiro’s men returned back to winning ways having lost to Chapungu by a similar score line in their previous match at Ascot Stadium.

Makepekepe have turned the National Sports Stadium into a fortress but have been poor on the road.

The former champions have lost four matches they have played outside the capital.

“We put up a good performance and it was a good response especially after last week’s defeat to Chapungu,” Kumbuyani told the Daily News yesterday.

“We were more efficient on the field and that made the difference. I think we have turned our home ground into a fortress.

“Now we need to work on our away performance and the moment we get that right, then we can mount a serious challenge for the championship.

“I think we are in there with a chance because if you look at it, there are no clear title favourites yet. We are within the shouting distance and we only need to improve on away matches.”

Sunday’s win saw United move to sixth place on the log table with 17 points, five behind Hwange, who are on top following their 1-0 win over Dynamos.  

Kumbuyani insisted that the Green Machine still needs to keep on improving to keep their momentum.

“We need to keep on progressing and perfecting what we are already doing. We are working in many areas to make our team is more effective,” he said.

“So at the moment the idea is to keep the good qualities of the team and ensure we don’t repeat the mistakes from the past.”

The fullback seems to share the same views with his coach Mangwiro, who stressed the need for the four-time Zimbabwe champions to start picking up points away from home.

“It is the back to back victories that would see us launch a formidable challenge going into the second round of matches,” Mangwiro said.

“We need to finish the first round of matches on a high, but we cannot afford to finish the first round of matches without an away victory.

“We need to start picking up points away from home. The good thing is that there is no major difference between us and the leading pack.

“As the season progresses other teams will be cancelling each other and we need to take full advantage of our chances.”

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