Chitembwe rallies CAPS Utd players

HARARE - Lloyd Chitembwe says CAPS United is a “big club” whose aim should be challenging for honours ahead of today’s away tie to ZPC Kariba.

The Green Machine last lifted the domestic Premiership title when they won back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2005 under Charles Mhlauri.

Since then the Harare giants have struggled to replicate that form and have been living in the shadows of their city rivals Dynamos.

But Chitembwe feels they are in line to return to the glory days ahead of today’s trip to face a seemingly rejuvenated ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga Stadium.

“As has been the case, we have worked hard for this fixture but we are obviously looking forward to a very difficult tie,” said Chitembwe, who returned to the United fold as coach last month.

“ZPC are not a small team, they are a big team with equally good players, coached by an iconic coach (Sunday Chidzambwa).

“So honestly speaking, it’s going to be a tough assignment. Our primary target is to be seen competing; to be seen doing well because I still believe this is what the team deserves.

“It’s a small football club but rather it’s a big team so we deserve getting the results in line with the size of the team.

“I am happy thus far and very grateful to the players, they have taken responsibility and as a coach you can never demand more than what the guys have given us so far. They are very responsible and professional and I am sure they will continue giving us that.”

Chitembwe was happy with last weekend’s break which paved way for the Chibuku Super Cup semi-finals at Mandava Stadium.

“The break was a blessing in disguise because we really needed to regroup, especially after the previous weeks’ efforts. We also had players with some injuries and the break did serve that purpose and they are back in training,” he said.

“I am impressed with how the players have adopted to my philosophy. They have adjusted quicker than I anticipated.

“If there is anything that any coach would want to see, it is players reproducing what you taught them at training. Not necessarily the tactical situations but the desire and effort.”

CAPS go into this game on fifth place on the log with 37 points while ZPC are fighting relegation in 11th place with 27 points.

“We are not concerned with the position of ZPC Kariba on the log table but rather we are looking at how best can we improve as a team and I am sure that’s within our control,” said Chitembwe.

“I think the players are prepared and raring to go. What’s more important is for us to prepare the same way that we have been preparing and have the same focus and attitude we had in our previous games.”

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levichisvino - 12 October 2015

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