CAPS eye winning start

HARARE - CAPS United captain Hardlife Zvirekwi is aiming for a positive start when they face newly-promoted Whawha at Ascot Stadium this afternoon.

The Green Machine’s 2015 aspirations have already been underlined by what appears to be an ambitious set-up after the club president, Twine Phiri, appointed the Englishman Mark Harrison to replace Taurai Mangwiro.

Mangwiro, who led CAPS United to a third place finish in the Premiership last season dumped the club last year to join an ambitious Harare City.

His departure paved way for Harrison who penned a three-year deal with the former Cup Kings.

Harrison becomes the second British coach at CAPS after Northern Irishman Sean Connor. The Irishman was relieved of his duties in 2012 following a string of poor results.

Makepekepe have also added a number of new faces as they look to build on last season’s success and Zvirekwi believes that the club is moving in the right direction.

“The first match of the season is usually an interesting one,” Zvirekwi told the Daily News.

“This is an important match for us and we need to start on a positive note as it will set the tonic for our season. We have to start off on a high for us to be able to shape our season and it’s always a morale boost to win the first game.”

CAPS United preparations have been characterised by a number of pre-season friendly matches including three derby clashes against bitter rivals Dynamos.

Zvirekwi said the championship was not beyond their reach but also called for patience and support from the fans as the club goes through a rebuilding exercise under the new coach.

“I think we are slowly getting there; we are beginning to understand each other better which is good for the team,” he added.

“We have a new squad which is capable of fighting for the championship but there is also need for patience.”

On their opponents, Zvirekwi said: “We are not underestimating our opponents; we respect them because they worked for it for them to be in the Premiership,” Zvirekwi said.

“But we are obviously going there with a positive attitude to win the game.”

The Green Machine last tested Premiership league success in 2005 when they won back-to-back titles under the guidance of the shrewd dreadlocked mentor Charles Mhlauri.

The team has since then went on the decline and virtually leaving them a pale shadow of the former Cup Kings they used to be.

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