CAPS ready for Hwange challenge

HARARE - CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro will look to prove that Makepekepe are genuine title contenders when they take on high-flying Hwange at the Nationals Sports Stadium today.

Makepekepe will be hoping to continue with their fine form at home where they have not lost a match this season.

United have forced their way back into the top five with some impressive results recently.

Before this weekend’s matches, Mangwiro’s men were on fifth place on the log with 20 points two behind the leading trio of Hwange, How Mine and Dynamos who are all tied on 22 points, separated by goal difference.

The Green Machine are in high spirits after collecting their first set of maximum points on the road this season with a 0-2 victory over Chiredzi FC last weekend in the Lowveld.

Mangwiro wants his team to keep that momentum when they step into National Sports Stadium this afternoon.

“Momentum is a big factor in football and this is why I believe our last win in Chiredzi has really boosted us,” Mangwiro told the Daily News on Sunday.

“We want to do well and keep our home record intact. We have been doing great at home this season and it is important to maintain that form.

“If we beat Hwange, it will be a giant step in our quest for the championship. If we apply ourselves positively then nothing will stop us from picking up maximum points.

“At this stage of the season you wouldn’t want to keep on dropping points and I would like to believe we are striking the chord at the right time. We picked our first points outside Harare last week which is a plus for us.

“We now need to continue working hard. The good thing is that the players know what is needed and we are looking forward to a good game come Sunday”.

Mangwiro is, however, aware of a threat posed by the coalminers, who have had a fine start to the season.

“We know of a threat posed by Hwange. We don’t need to understand mate them. We need to be at our best because they are a good side. They have been doing good this season,” he said.

“They are sitting at the top of the table which speaks volumes of their strength. We can only underrate them at our own expense.

Hwange are hoping to bounce back to winning ways after suffering a surprise 1-0 home defeat Chicken Inn, their first defeat at the Colliery this year.

Today: Triangle United v How Mine (Gibbo Stadium, SS), Highlanders v Black Rhinos (Barbourfields Stadium), Buffaloes v Chapungu (Sakubva Stadium), CAPS United v Hwange (National Sports Stadium)

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