Can FC Platinum contain Chungwa?

HARARE – In the absence of injured Leonard Tsipa, all eyes will be on Dominic Chungwa when CAPS United visit Mandava Stadium to take on title-chasing FC Platinum this afternoon.

Chungwa was in  menacing form when he scored a second half hat-trick against How Mine in a midweek Castle Lager Premiership match at the National Sports Stadium.

The forward was clearly unplayable in that second period as he left the How Mine defenders at sixes and sevens.

It was not only his goals that made him the standout performer for the Green Machine, but it was his overall team play that caught the eye.

According to stats provided by ProZone in conjunction with In Play Sports Group, Chungwa created at least four chances for his teammates.

The forward’s three goals came as a result of eight attempts on goal which gives him a conversion rate of 37,5 percent throughout the match.

Chungwa completed 29 passes at a success rate of 87.44 percent but more importantly, the forward made 16 successful runs into the opponents final third.

It is in the box that most deadly strikers do their business by scoring the bread and butter goals.

The FC Platinum defence will have to be at their best if Chungwa is able to replicate such form at Mandava today.

The platinum miners wasted a glorious opportunity to go top of the log when they drew 1-1 with relegation-threatened Flame Lily at Lafarge in midweek.

The result saw Norman Mapeza’s side remain in second place, two points behind log leaders Chicken Inn, who are on 55 points.

“It’s a massive game!” declared Mapeza after the Flame Lily game in respect of today’s visit of Makepekepe to Mandava.

“The most important thing for us is to stay focused. There are still six points to play for. It’s still game on. It’s a challenge. But as a coach, we desire to be in such situations.”

CAPS are also going after the a top four finish as they are in fifth place on the log with 42 points, just one behind fourth placed Triangle.

Makepekepe coach Lloyd Chitembwe said: “It’s going to be a massive match for both CAPS United and FC Platinum. For Platinum, probably it’s more important because they have prospects of winning the league.

“For us, we want to try and maintain our integrity. So, I think there is a lot to play for on both sides. We want the three points, we always play to win and we are looking forward to the game.”

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