CAPS target strong finish

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe has urged his players to aim for nothing less than a win when they face relegated Whawha at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow.

Chitembwe has been credited for the Green Machine’s impressive run since his return in September, and the former midfielder insists they have since set their sights on next season.

The Harare giants are in fifth place with 43 points and will be desperate to cement their position after missing out on a top four finish.

“The approach is the same. We are looking forward to a very good game of football. We want to try and maximise on our performance. We want to get the three points,” Chitembwe said at a press conference yesterday.

“We know the team will be different next year, and the club is moving forward both on and off the field.

“A win in our final game against Whawha will give us a good platform to move towards next season.”

Chitembwe said he was pleased by his team’s performance in the matches he has presided over and is looking forward to challenging for silverware next year.

“CAPS United deserves to be fighting for big things in the league. I think it’s a right. I don’t think we will be doing any justice to be seen fighting for top eight or top four. We won’t be doing justice to the football club,” he said.

“This is a massive team with massive history, it is a big club in Zimbabwe and fighting for honours is priority number one.

“I am a very pragmatic person and I always I want to say things as they are.

“Since my return, I stated that the most important thing was to try and improve on the quality of team. I think we are happy with the progress that we have made.

“But the truth of the matter is that CAPS United is a big team and should not be fighting for top four but rather for honours.

“Generally, I’m happy for the players to have taken the responsibility of performing the way they are expected. There is so much hunger and desire. They have adapted to the way I want them to play, they now understand what it means to play for the team.

“Let’s hope they remain interested and play in the same way. I feel the squad we have is one of the best but we will have to improve here and there next year.”

Whawha, Flame Lily and Dongo Sawmill are the three teams that have been relegated this season while the fourth team will be confirmed this weekend between Buffaloes or Tsholotsho FC.

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