Rhinos ready for CAPS

HARARE - Black Rhinos coach Jostein Mathuthu is ready for a tough fight to avoid relegation and is looking forward to a fruitful outing when they face CAPS United at Rimuka Stadium this afternoon.

The army side is currently struggling for positive results and faces the very real prospect of a swift return to Division One, barely two years after winning promotion to the top flight.

With four teams facing the chop at the end of the season, there is no doubt as to what Mathuthu and his team's goal is for the rest of the campaign.

Black Rhinos currently sit fourth from bottom with 27 points from 23 matches. They were beaten 2-1 in their last match by ZPC Kariba and are looking for an immediate response. 

Mathuthu, who replaced Authur Tutani midway through the season with the sole purpose of steering the team from relegation, said they are ready for the CAPS challenge.

"We are ready for them. We are fighting for two different causes. They want to win the league and we want to survive relegation. We are taking this match just like any other match," Mathuthu told the Daily News yesterday.

"I think they are the ones who are under pressure. If we can win this match then it will be a huge step in our fight for survival. I am confident though of collecting maximum points.

"We want to avoid relegation. If we can do that then it would be a great season for us."

Mathuthu added: "But there are a lot of sides in the mix with four teams going down, so we are taking every game as it comes, and focus on performance rather than getting goals.

"There is no fear among us and we are playing good football. We are in a much better situation now than we were, but there is still a long way to go.

"We have given ourselves a lifeline. I still don't think for one minute that we will go down.

"There are a lot of teams still in there who can be relegated. People have written us off, but the players want to stick together and fight our way through it."

Since joining Rhinos, Mathuthu has posted some impressive results which include leading the army side into the Chibuku Super Cup semifinals.

CAPS United have been struggling on the other hand. Last weekend United's championship bid suffered a dent following a goalless draw against How Mine.

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