CAPS in disarray again

HARARE - CAPS United were yesterday thrown into turmoil again after the players refused to proceed with their journey to Chiredzi for today’s match against Triangle at Gibbo Stadium.

The players were protesting against the club’s bosses for failing to pay them their outstanding bonuses and salaries.

The Daily News on Sunday, however, understands that the Makepekepe hierarchy were making frantic efforts to pay the players and were scheduled to leave for the Lowveld last night.

Makepekepe team manager Luis Maio said: “We have issues and we are trying to sort them out.”

This is the third time this season Makepekepe players have threatened not to fulfil a fixture over outstanding payments.

This latest development is likely to dent the club’s title aspirations as they are likely to be not well prepared to today’s clash with Triangle.

Makepekepe, who picked up an impressive 4-0 win over Highlanders in their last outing, are on 45 points and are still a relative threat for both DeMbare and ZPC.

However, Triangle will be fighting for maximum points to steer away from the relegation zone.

“CAPS have a good side and they are a team fighting for the championship. It is important in the end to have consistency, and certainly the results in our matches can have a big influence on our position on the log,” Triangle coach Biggie Zuze said last week.

“The game is very interesting because we are playing for different causes. They are fighting for the championship and we are fighting relegation. We need to go out there and fight for the three points.

“We want to finish the season on a high and there is no better way of doing so by beating CAPS United.”

Meanwhile, Dynamos have an opportunity to stretch their lead over ZPC Kariba to five points when they face Chapungu this afternoon at Rufaro Stadium.

Calisto Pasuwa’s men have been below par in recent weeks but to their credit they have been able to collect maximum points.

In their last two league outings, DeMbare had to grind out to 1-0 wins against Shabanie Mine and Buffaloes to maintain their quest for a fourth consecutive championship.

The Air Force of Zimbabwe side caused a lot of problems for DeMbare in the reverse fixture that finished 0-0 at Ascot Stadium.

With that in mind, DeMbare are approaching today’s match with cautions mindset since they know it will not be an easy stroll in the park.

“Chapungu are no easy opponents; they play a physical game and they are a unit. We need to adopt the right attitude and work as a team like what we normally we do,” Dynamos midfielder Stephen Alimenda said last week.

“Everyone is aware we lost in the reverse fixture in Gweru and we cannot afford to lose this one especially at this crucial stage of the season. We have done our homework and we can’t let them collect six points from us.”

In Bulawayo, Highlanders will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they take on Chicken Inn at Hartsfield Rugby Ground in a Bulawayo derby.

Today: Buffaloes v Harare City (Sakubva), Triangle v Caps United (Gibbo), Dynamos v Chapungu (Rufaro, SS), Highlanders v Chicken Inn (Hartsfield Rugby Grounds)

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