Bullish Shabanie warn CAPS

HARARE - Shabanie Mine coach John Phiri has stoked up the flames ahead of his side’s clash with CAPS United at Maglas Stadium this afternoon.

Shabanie have had a very difficult season thus far in the league and are currently in third position from the bottom of the log standings with 22 points from 19 games played.

Phiri is confident that the Chinda Boys will end their six-match winless run in the Castle Premiership.

The Zvishavane-based side last picked up maximum points when they beat Harare City 2-1 at Rufaro Stadium back in June.

“Although we failed to collect maximum point in our previous matches, we know that CAPS are poor travellers and I hope my boys will bounce back to winning ways,” Phiri told the Daily News yesterday.

“CAPS is a good team but we know that many of the times they have came to Maglas they have gone back home with empty hands and they know it’s very tough for them to beat us here.

“They beat us 3-0 at National Sports Stadium and we will be out for revenge and nothing can stop us from beating them tomorrow (today).

“We don’t respect them, CAPS is just like any other team in the league. We just want to play our normal game.

“We hope our home support will help us against CAPS and I want to urge all our supporters to come.”

Phiri praised his team’s performance against Highlanders in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup last weekend despite suffering a 1-0 defeat.

“If you look at the way we played last weekend, the boys put up a spirited performance and I think we only need to improve on our scoring,” he said.

“As you know we have new players, we lost about seven players during the mid-season transfer. I’m happy now we have players who are more committed to the club, combinations are now starting to come.”

Phiri believed that his team will survive relegation this season as there are still a number of teams bunched together in the lower half of the table.

“Despite all our challenges I’m confident that we will survive relegation. We still have many games to play and with these new players the future of Shabanie as a club is very bright,” said Phiri.

CAPS have definitely hit top form and will come into this match high on confidence after beating Chapungu 3-0 in Chibuku Super Cup last weekend.

Makekepe currently sit in third position on the log standing with 33 points, two behind current log leaders ZPC Kariba.

“We hope we will remain formidable and it will give us much needed momentum going into our next league match against Shabanie,” CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro said last week after their game against Chapungu.

Today:  Chapungu v ZPC Kariba (Ascot), Black Rhinos v FC Platinum (Rimuka), Bantu Rovers v Harare City (Hartsfield1:00pm) How Mine v Buffaloes (Hartsfield 3:00pm), Chiredzi v Chicken Inn (Chishamiso), Shabanie v CAPS United (Maglas)

Tomorrow: Dynamos v Hwange (Gwanzura), Highlanders v Triangle (Hartsfield)

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