Harrison demands response

HARARE - CAPS United coach Mark Harrison has challenged his players to provide a response when they face ZPC Kariba in a Castle Premiership tie tomorrow.

The Green Machine head to the National Sports Stadium tomorrow in need of a confidence booster following a 4-0 defeat in their last league match against Triangle two weeks ago.

United have been experiencing some financial problems with majority shareholder Twine Phiri struggling to finance the club.

And after a bright start to the season in which they won their opening two matches, United’s campaign began to unravel when their players refused to play against How Mine in Bulawayo earlier this month over unpaid salaries and winning bonuses.

Makepekepe regrouped to hold Dynamos 1-1 in the Harare derby but their problems once again came to the fore in the defeat to Triangle.

Harrison accepts the atmosphere has been somewhat subdued at their Reserve Bank Sports Club training base, but maintains it is now up to the players to show their strength of character.

“We are in a difficult situation but at the end we have to go out there and do the job,” Harrison told the Daily News yesterday.

“We want to make ourselves proud and the only way of doing that is to win on Sunday. We go to train everyday and the boys are pushing hard. Remember we are professionals and we got to treat this match with a positive mindset.

“This is a home match and we have got to make our fans proud as well.”

After resting some of his players in the Uhuru Cup third and fourth playoff match against the same opponents last week, Harrison will recall his big hitters tomorrow.

“We expect to field our full strength squad. We also expect them to be at full strength because the last time we met, both teams used some fringe players,” he said.

Meanwhile, ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka has warned United that his side will go into tomorrow’s match with every intention of causing an upset.

Despite losing 2-1 to Chapungu in a rescheduled match in midweek, Chaminuka is confident his side is in good stead to win on Sunday.

“We want to play well on Sunday. We need maximum points. That mid-week match is now water under the bridge and we are looking forward to the CAPS match,” he said.

Fixtures

Today: Chicken Inn v How Mine (Luveve Stadium), Harare City v Dynamos (Rufaro Stadium), Flame Lily FC v Triangle United FC (Lafarge Stadium), Whawha v FC Platinum (Ascot Stadium)

Tomorrow: Caps United v ZPC Kariba (National Sports Stadium), Dongo Sawmills v Highlanders (Vengere Stadium), Chapungu v Hwange (Ascot Stadium), Tsholotsho vs Buffaloes FC (Luveve Stadium)

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