Chapungu wary of CAPS

HARARE - Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino is well aware of the challenge posed by a troubled CAPS United when the two meet in a Castle Lager Premiership match at the National Sports Stadium this afternoon.

The Gweru-based side endured a turbulent start to the 2015 season but Nyikadzino has turned around their fortunes.

The Air Force of Zimbabwe side drew their opening match of the season against How Mine before losing to Dynamos and Triangle respectively.

But Nyikadzino’s side have turned on the heat in the last weeks and are now unbeaten in six matches.

Chapungu have registered two draws against Hwange and Buffaloes while picking up wins against Highlanders, Tsholotsho, ZPC Kariba and Dongo Sawmills.

Due to that good run, Waru Waru now occupy fifth place on the log with 15 points, five behind log leaders Triangle.

However, Nyikadzino is not reading much into their previous performances and said they will take cautious approach against CAPS United.

“CAPS United is one of the most dangerous teams in the Premier League; they are playing good football despite their off field problems,” Nyikadzino told the Daily News on Sunday.

“People can say CAPS are struggling but I told my players that they remain a dangerous team and we have to be on our best if we need to collect maximum points.

“Yes, we played well in our previous matches but this is a new game. We need to remain focused and avoid being carried away with our previous fine performances.”

Nyikadzino also urged his players to withstand the hostilities from the opposition fans.

“All we need is just to try and work on the mental aspect as players so that that we can withstand the hostilities from the opposition fans,” he said.

“My hope is that the boys will deliver against CAPS and we continue with our fine performances.

“We don’t want to put ourselves under unnecessary pressure. For now I think we are still in the right direction in as far as our targets are concerned.”

For CAPS, today’s match marks the club’s first encounter without striker Roderick Mutuma, who quit United on Tuesday due to club’s poor financial plight.

Mark Harrison’s charges are currently on position eight on the log standing with 13 points from nine games played so far this season.

Makepekepe will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after failed to collect maximum points in their last two matches, drawing against Hwange and Buffaloes in their previous matches respectively.

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