Struggling Tsholotsho target CAPS upset

HARARE - Tsholotsho coach Lizwe Sweswe is confident his side will avoid the chop this season and is targeting an upset over a shaky CAPS United to start their renascence.

Sweswe's side visit the National Sports Stadium this afternoon hoping to pick up their first win since May.

Tsholotsho, who survived relegation right on the last day of last season, have been on a rotten run of form; picking up just eight points in the 12 matches they have played thus far.

With such a poor run under their belt, Tsholotsho find themselves just one place off the bottom of the Castle Lager Premiership log.

Things have been made worse for Tsholotsho after they lost one of their most influential players in winger Simbarashe Gorogodyo, who has since joined Harare giants Dynamos.

Gorogodyo showed some flashes of brilliance in his first match for his new side when they dismissed Border Strikers 2-0 last Sunday.

Despite their struggles, Gorogodyo had been Tsholotsho’s best player thus far and his departure is with no doubt a huge blow to their survival hopes.     

However, Sweswe is unfazed and feels a win against CAPS United could boost his team’s confidence in their pursuit to move to safety.   

Fortunately for Tsholotsho, the Green Machine come into the match low on confidence after two consecutive draws which have piled pressure on coach Lloyd Chitembwe.

The Makepekepe coach threatened to quit at the weekend following the 0-0 draw away to log leaders after supporters accused him of sabotaging the side.

“It is an unfortunate situation that we are in but we can come out of it. I think with the way we have been playing, there are a lot of positives to take and we can get back to winning ways,” Sweswe told the Daily News yesterday.

“We want to win this game although it’s not easy, but I believe that we can go into the game and win. We are facing a good team which is doing better, but we have set our target to win this game. I am sure a win against such opponents would boost our confidence.

“The young boys need a lot of guidance, but this is in progress. We are starting to build slowly by slowly and with time it will be better.

“I have always been a confident coach from the onset and nothing is impossible in football. We want to replicate the same form that saw us survive relegation last year."

On the departure of Gorogodyo to Dynamos, Sweswe said: “There is no doubt that he (Gorogodyo) is a good player and seeing him moving to Dynamos speaks volumes of his qualities.

“But as you know, most of the players we have, we have moulded them. No one knew them before. We shall create more players to ensure we have equally good replacements. We can only wish him well with his new club.”

CAPS United on the other side are desperately seeking maximum points to keep pace with the leading pack. The Green Machine are currently on third place tied on 26 points with Highlanders, who have a game in hand.

Chitembwe knows another defeat or draw is likely to scupper his team’s chances of winning the title. The Green Machine had started the season strongly triggering hopes of ending a decade of living in the shadows of their city rivals Dynamos.    

Makepekepe last achieved success in 2005 when they won back to back titles under the guidance of dreadlocked Charles Mhlauri before taking a dip in form that has virtually left them a pale shadow of the former Cup Kings.

Fixtures:

Today: Bulawayo City v Border Strikers (Barbourfields, SS), Chicken Inn v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Barbourfields, SS), ZPC Kariba v Harare City (Nyamhunga), CAPS United v Tsholotsho (National Sports Stadium), Triangle United v Chapungu (Gibbo), Hwange v FC Platinum (Colliery)

Tomorrow: How Mine v Dynamos (Barbourfields, SS), Mutare City Rovers v Highlanders (Sakubva)

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