Tsipa wants to end CAPS' derby misery

HARARE - CAPS United veteran forward Leonard Tsipa will go into this weekend’s Harare derby clash against bitter rivals Dynamos with one emotion drowning out all others — fear.

It is the same gut-churning feeling he has taken into the Harare derby showdown over the past years that he has been involved.

The fear of losing and seeing the blue half of the city with their chests puffed, while there is sorrow in the Green Machine camp is something that Tsipa hates to see.

However, this has been the case since 2009 as Dynamos have completely dominated this fixture to a point that a number of people were now questioning the relevance of the Harare derby.

The veteran Makepekepe forward described how painful the last few years have been as a player who grew up in the United system and wants to rectify it this time around. 

“It’s a derby match and it always feels good winning. I love beating Dynamos and the same applies to them, they don’t want to lose against us. Going into these games as a player all you want is the result and that will never change,” Tsipa told the Daily News yesterday.

“In the previous seasons that we have lost to Dynamos, there were some players who didn’t understand what it means losing to Dynamos — it hurts everyone who supports CAPS United.

“It’s a complete nightmare. It’s difficult to put into words that feeling you have when you lose to Dynamos.

“But we are working hard to beat Dynamos this time around. I think the current crop of players we have in our team this year understand the importance of the derby and are eager to ensure we beat Dynamos come Sunday.”

The last time the Green Machine beat DeMbare in the league was way back in 2009 when Nyasha Mushekwi struck a memorable brace before his move to Mamelodi Sundowns the following season.

Tsipa, one of the senior players in the current CAPS United squad has been involved in many Harare derbies over the years and has urged his teammates to maintain their composure and discipline on Sunday at Rufaro Stadium.

“The important thing is that you don’t get too worked up for these games and let emotions beat you on the day,” the 34-year-old said.

“You can build yourself up so much that it is hard to perform, but you still go in with that desire and will to win.

“That’s the message for our young lads going into the derby — it doesn’t do you any good to get too fired up for these games. You have to control your emotions.

“This is a huge game, but it is an important Premier League game with three points at stake.”

CAPS United are riding high as they are currently undefeated in the first three matches of the season after managing two wins and a draw.

On the other hand, Dynamos have started on a low note with the Harare giants struggling for form especially upfront where their strikers have managed only two goals in their opening three games.

They will, however be hoping to build on their first win against Mutare City last weekend.

Saturday: Harare City v Hwange (Rufaro, SS), Chapungu v Tsholotsho (Ascot), How Mine v Triangle United (Luveve), ZPC Kariba v Chicken Inn (Nyamhunga)

Sunday: Border Strikers v Mutare City Rovers (TBA), Bulawayo City v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Dynamos v CAPS United (Rufaro, SS)

Monday: Ngezi Platinum Stars v FC Platinum (Baobab, SS)

Comments (1)

hw old is this lad now? i remember him during the days of wana badza, undi, kamwendo, etc! he must be part of the crew that disappeared in uk? asi zvinoita ken'hani soo!

SaManyika Chaiye - 28 April 2016

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