'Sorry, we'II fail you'

HARARE - CAPS United goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube has issued an apology in advance to the Green Machine faithful, saying the players will put in a professional performance against title-chasing ZPC Kariba on Sunday — somewhat indirectly helping rivals Dynamos to a fourth straight title.

Makepekepe are already out of the Castle Premiership title race going into this encounter at Gwanzura Stadium, but need at least a point to be assured of a third-place finish.

On the other hand, ZPC need to win or at least get a draw to win the league ahead of second-placed Dynamos, who will be in action against How Mine at the National Sports Stadium on the same day.

A section of CAPS United fans will, however, rather see their team put in a half-hearted performance in order to deny DeMbare — cross town rivals of theirs for many years.

The hatred between the two sets of supporters is well-documented and for the second year in a row CAPS are set to be the king-makers again.

Last season, Makepekepe held Harare City to a 2-2 draw, a result which helped Dynamos win their 20th league title.

Makepekepe players are, nonetheless, taking their game against ZPC seriously, at least according to Dube, himself a former Dynamos player.

“For the past two weeks, our supporters have been saying a lot about this game with ZPC Kariba,” Dube told the Daily News yesterday.

“But to tell you the truth, we are just taking this game like any of the other 29 games we have played already this season.

“We are not reading much into what our supporters are saying because we are going flat out to win Sunday’s game.

“With the way we have played this season, we need to finish on a winning note and secure the number three spot.

“I know our supporters don’t want us to win this match because of our rivalry with Dynamos, but we are professionals.

“I’m sorry to say this but we are going to disappoint our supporters on Sunday because we are not going to make it easy for ZPC.”

An interesting angle to the match is that Makepekepe will be without head coach Taurai Mangwiro, who travelled to Cameroon on Tuesday to attend a week-long coaching course.

In Mangwiro’s absence, his deputy Mike Madzivanyika will be in charge of the Green Machine.

Dube said: “Last season, we were in a similar situation with Harare City and I’m glad we went out there and put in a good performance when everyone thought we would not give it our all.

“It is the same with Sunday’s match against ZPC; we will do our best to win like what we have been doing all season long.”

The former Dynamos and FC Platinum stopper expressed his disappointment over his team’s title race slip.

“This season we played some wonderful football but it’s unfortunate that we could not win the title after the effort put in,” he said.

“We shot ourselves in the foot due to the internal problems at our club during those player strikes.

“If things had run smoothly I’m sure we were going to win the league this season.”

FIXTURES (ALL ON SUNDAY)

Harare City v Chicken Inn (Rufaro), Triangle v Shabanie Mine (Gibbo), Black Rhinos v Bantu Rovers (Rimuka), Buffaloes v Hwange (Sakubva), FC Platinum v Chiredzi FC (Mandava), Highlanders v Chapungu (Hartsfield), ZPC Kariba v CAPS United (Gwanzura, SS), Dynamos v How Mine (NSS).

 

Comments (2)

aiwa magetsi ngaadhingurwe Dube..kkk

moses rucheche - 21 November 2014

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