Third Harare Derby in 21 days

HARARE - CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro has vowed end the five-year winless streak against Dynamos when the two sides meet in the Harare derby tomorrow at the National Sports Stadium.

The two teams meet for the third time inside 21 days in a series of derbies that began with a Castle Premiership match at the same venue. That match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Last weekend, Makepekepe and DeMbare met in the first round of the One Wallet Cup with the Glamour Boys emerging 1-0 victors to reach the semi-finals of the knockout tournament.

Tomorrow, the two teams resume their rivalry in the league and CAPS know they need to get their first win against their city rivals since 2009.

The last time the Green Machine beat DeMbare in a competitive game was at Rufaro Stadium when Nyasha Mushekwi struck a memorable brace before his move to Mamelodi Sundowns the following season.

“We would want to do well. I feel luck has not been on our side in the previous matches against Dynamos,” Mangwiro told the Daily News.

“We would want to believe this time around we will be smiling at the end of the 90 minutes. We are looking forward to that match with a positive mind, no fear whatsoever and let’s just hope it will be our day.”

With CAPS United facing a defensive crisis ahead of the match, Mangwiro said United have enough cover for the injured players.

The Green Machine will be without the services of defenders David Chipala, Stephen Makatuka while skipper Tapiwa Khumbuyani will have to pass late fitness test after struggling with a knock this week.

“I believe we have enough ammunition in our ranks that would see us through in that match,” said Mangwiro.

“You would want to go there with the strongest possible team, but I believe in grabbing opportunities and I feel it’s up to the guys that would come in to replace these players to utilise the opportunity.

“It is matches like these that a star can be born. They should make it difficult for the technical staff when selecting in future matches.

“Conversion has been our biggest let down in previous matches. We have dedicated most of our time working on our finishing and I hope this time around when we create we should be able to convert.

“Our opponents haven’t done much in terms of dominating us in open play. We are only struggling in front of goal and we hope to come good this time around.”

Mangwiro added: “I don’t want to be looking at Dynamos alone. There are other teams that we should be concerned about as well. There is no doubt that we fighting for the championship.

“There are only three points in the match against Dynamos and we need to be careful in our approach.”

The two teams enter tomorrow’s match tied on 27 points each and trail log leaders Highlanders by three points.

Today: Chapungu v Triangle United (Ascot), Chicken Inn v ZPC Kariba (Luveve).

Tomorrow: Dynamos v Caps United (National Sports Stadium, SS), Chiredzi v Buffaloes (Chishamiso), Bantu Rovers v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Shabanie Mine v FC Platinum (Maglas), Hwange v Harare City (Colliery).

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