CAPS downplay title credentials

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe says his side will not be under pressure to win the title this season despite investing heavily to add top talent to the Green Machine’s roster.

United, who have not won the league title since 2005, have beefed up their squad by signing winger Tafadzwa Rusike, who returned from a brief stint in Angola, Archieford Gutu, who was released by Swedish side Kalmar FF, and Devon Chafa from How Mine.

Makepekepe have also snapped up goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda from Gunners, 2014 Soccer Star of the Year Dennis Dauda (ZPC Kariba), full back Gilbert Mapemba, who was unattached after leaving South African club Moroka Swallows in 2014.

The club has also signed former Zimbabwe youth international Abbas Amidu, who had been playing for Masafi Club in the United Arab Emirates First Division for the past year while former Warriors captain Method Mwanjali has also rejoined the club.

They have also signed forward Simba Nhivi from arch rivals Dynamos to beef up their front line.

Last season, Makepekepe finished in fifth place some 15 points behind eventual champions Chicken Inn.

“We haven’t made that (winning the title) a priority, what we have made clear is that we want to be competitive,” Chitembwe said yesterday ahead of their opening match of the season against Chapungu on Sunday at the National Sports Stadium.

“We want to do well this season. The championship is the ultimate prize and for us the most important thing is to win games.”

Chitembwe said his side has prepared thoroughly for Sunday’s match and he will be expecting to collect three points against the Gweru-based Air Force of Zimbabwe side.

“Just like any other team, this is one game that has taken us more time to prepare. It took us precisely eight weeks to prepare for this game,” he said,

“We have done well in as far as preparations are concerned, we have had quite a credible preparatory phase and we have no complaints. We are just ready and motivated to see how well we can do in the first game.

“We do respect Chapungu, they have a decent group of players but I personally feel we equally have a very good group of players, we have quality all over and I am sure we should be able to take care of matters on the pitch.”

The Makepekepe coach was also pleased by the form of right back Hardlife Zvirekwi, who was impressive for the Warriors in the 4-0 drubbing of Swaziland in an Afcon qualifier on Monday.

“We have always believed in Hardlife (Zvirekwi) and he showed a lot of character,” Chitembwe said.

“Not so many players can react to such situations the way he does. He is one player I feel if he keeps his cool he will go places.”

Veteran striker Leonard Tsipa and Zvikomborero Bizeki will miss the opening match of the season as they are down with injuries while Mwanjali and striker Nhivi will have to pass a late fitness test to be considered for the match.

Fixtures:

Today: How Mine v Bulawayo City (White City Stadium, SS)

Tomorrow: Chicken Inn v Dynamos (Barbourfields Stadium SS), ZPC Kariba v Border Strikers (Nyamhunga Stadium), FC Platinum v Tsholotsho (Mandava Stadium), Mutare City Rovers v Ngezi Platinum Stars (TBA)

Sunday: Caps United v Chapungu (National Sports Stadium), Hwange v Highlanders (Colliery Stadium), Triangle United v Harare City (Gibbo Stadium)

Comments (4)

Saka urikuitei mu bhora kana usingadi title. Haiwawo, ndiri muridzi we team ndinokudzinga because haungatauri zvekuti hausi kuda title when you employed to specifically bring it home

Taurai Nyararai - 4 April 2016

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