Cup Kings to Kingmaker

HARARE - CAPS United might have been left with a slim chance of winning the Castle Premiership this season, but once again the Green Machine will enjoy a kingmaker role in the title race.

With only two games left to play in the PSL, the title race is still too close to call, with only a point separating top-placed and defending champions Dynamos and second-placed ZPC Kariba. The title is well up for grabs for the two in what has become a two-horse race.

Mathematically, CAPS, who trail Dynamos by five points, are still in with a chance.

But realistically, with two games left before the end of the season, the title race is now between Dynamos and ZPC Kariba.

And CAPS, just like last season, appear to be the kingmaker again.

United denied Harare City their maiden title last season after holding them to a two all draw on the last day of the season to see Dynamos receive a big shot in the arm from the unlikeliest of sources.

On the same day, Dynamos, great rivals of CAPS, beat Black Mambas 2-0 across town but that result was given full meaning after Makepekepe did them a favour which enabled the Glamour Boys to win their third league title in succession.

The City-CAPS result saw the Sunshine Boys along with Dynamos and Highlanders finish with 54 points, but Dynamos won the title on superior goal difference.

The Green Machine are likely to find themselves in the same situation again this season.

CAPS will face ZPC in their last match of the season, hoping to win that one and finish in a respectable position regardless of the impact it may have on the final log standing.  

“We have our own targets, we want to finish in the top four so I don’t think we can afford to lose our last game against ZPC Kariba,” CAPS coach Taurai Mangwiro told the Daily News yesterday.

“It will be not fair if we say that we denied Harare City’s chance of winning the title last year, we only played to win, which must be every team’s target in football. We didn’t care about the bearing of that result.”

Mangwiro, a former Dynamos player, insisted that his team’s stand will not change this season, even if it means indirectly aiding their bitter city rivals.  

“We want the best team which performed well that certain season to win the title, if we favour a certain team to win the league we will be killing the game.”

Meanwhile, Mangwiro, who has endured turbulent times at CAPS this season due to player strikes and indifferent results at some stage in the term, said his team “shot itself in the foot” in the title race.

“I think we failed to focus on playing football, players started to demand their dues at crucial stages of the season. I am not saying it’s a crime (to demand your dues), but I think that cost us in as far as the race is concerned.

“But as for us, like what I’ve always said, our major target this season was to improve from last season and I am happy that with two games remaining, we have already amassed out total points tally from last year.”

Makepekepe are currently in third position on the table with 49 points.

Comments (1)

It is ironic, last year again Caps were kingmakers when they faced Harare City. If they had lost to Harare City Dembare wouldnt have been the Champions.

maita - 6 November 2014

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