Feisty Chitembwe

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe is convinced his team has a renewed belief which will inspire them to victory over bitter rivals Dynamos at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

Chitembwe has given the Green Machine a fresh impetus, since he returned for a third stint as a coach towards the end of last year.

United have started the season brightly and currently sit second on the log table after three rounds of action.

The Green Machine have defeated Chapungu and Harare City while drawing with Ngezi Platinum Stars to leave them just two points behind FC Platinum, who are on nine points.

Makepekepe have however, played second fiddle in this fixture for the past six years.

The last time the Green Machine beat the Glamour Boys in the league was way back in 2009 when Nyasha Mushekwi struck a memorable brace before his departure for the Absa Premiership where he joined Mamelodi Sundowns.

But Chitembwe is confident the Sunday game will see the Green Machine open a new chapter and continue with their fine start to the season.

“It’s an important fixture for us and one fixture we have to fulfil anyway,” Chitembwe said at his weekly press conference yesterday.

“We expect to do well and I think we will do well considering a lot of positives that I am seeing within the team at training. It gives me satisfaction as a coach to see players showing that desire going into such a match.

“There are a lot of technical and tactical aspects that we have been working on that we hope to execute on Sunday to probably carry the day for us.

“Everyone is fit and ready to go. This is the first game that I can say we don’t have any injuries.”

Chitembwe said his players do not need any extra motivation ahead of such a big match.

“It’s not a secret that we have quality in our squad. Looking at the way that they have been responding at training, I have no doubt that they are ready for the challenge. They know what it is like playing at such a grand stage and it’s not so difficult to motivate them,” Chitembwe said.

“These boys have been working very hard and if they remain as interested as they are I am sure we will go as far as we want.”

He added that captain Method Mwanjali and Archieford Gutu are also in line for selection for the match.

The two players have been in the news for the wrong reasons after they were arrested and later released on bail after a brawl at a local pub.

“Method and Archieford are important players just like any other and given a chance play their part on Sunday. They are definitely up for selection and ready to deliver,” he said.

Chitembwe believes the derby has not lost its significance on the local football calendar.

“In as far as I am concerned, it’s only perception. It has not lost anything. If anything, it has actually drawn more interest than the previous years,” he said.

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