HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe says his side is taking the Zimbabwe National Army Charities’ Shield quarter-final clash against Harare City tomorrow seriously.
The Makepekepe coach said they want to use the tournament to get their squad in shape ahead of the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership season which starts next month.
Interestingly, United and City will clash on match day three in the forthcoming season.
“For us, it’s an important match and we are taking it seriously,” Chitembwe told the Daily News yesterday.
“We will try and field a strong team. This is a game that will give us a true reflection on how much work we have covered. A win for us will definitely do us good ahead of the new season.
Chitembwe insists he is pleased with the progress his team is making since they started their pre-season.
“We are happy and content with what we have at our disposal. The guys are showing a lot of commitment and I think when the season starts we will be up there,” he said.
“I am very much impressed with what I am seeing and I am sure we are going to have an interesting 2016 season.”
Harare City will also be desperate to make a huge statement, especially after signing some of the most exciting players in the league in Raphael Manuvire and Ronald Chitiyo among the host of new players.
The Sunshine Boys recently progressed to the first round of the Caf Confederations Cup after knocking out AS Adema of Madagascar 6-3 on aggregate.
Taurai Mangwiro’s charges will now meet Zambian side Zanaco in the first round in two weeks.
The winner between CAPS and Harare City will face ZPC Kariba in the semi-finals.
ZPC are in the last-four stage of the competition after they defeated Dynamos in the first quarter-final last weekend.
While CAPS United are playing Harare City at Rufaro, Bulawayo giants Highlanders and reigning league champions Chicken Inn clash in another quarter-final tie at Barbourfields Stadium.
In today’s quarter-final, FC Platinum have a date with How Mine at Mandava Stadium.