Can CAPS keep pole?

HARARE - CAPS United emerged as the biggest winners during the Castle Lager Premiership mid-week action when they assumed pole position on the log.

Having come under increased pressure to collect maximum points after two straight draws against Hwange and FC Platinum, the Green Machine responded with a polished performance to beat Tsholotsho 2-0 courtesy of goals from Leonard Tsipa and Moses Muchenje.

With former log leaders FC Platinum losing away to Hwange and title contenders Highlanders and Dynamos playing out goalless draws in their respective matches, round 14 surely belonged to the Green Machine.

Lloyd Chitembwe’s men are now on 29 points and enjoy a two-point lead over second-placed Highlanders, who they face tomorrow at Barbourfields Stadium.

Chitembwe’s charges are relishing the prospect of further strengthening their grip on top spot with a win over Highlanders.

A win for United against Bosso would see them open a five point lead at the top although Bulawayo giants have a game in hand.

The Green Machine has started the season strongly triggering hopes of ending a decade of living in the shadows of their city rivals Dynamos, who welcome ZPC Kariba in the other league fixture at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.    

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.

CAPS also go into this match high on confidence knowing that they have generally done well against Bosso.

In the last six league meetings between the two sides; CAPS have won four of those matches with Bosso winning only once and the other ending in a draw.

Highlanders have set the pace in the title race this season but Erol Akbay's side showed a few signs of exhaustion when they surrendered pole position with a 2-0 defeat to reigning league champions Chicken Inn.

Bosso will be however, eager to retain back to winning ways and stay in touch with the leading pack.

The Bulawayo giants will however be without their captain Felix Chindungwe, who is suspended for picking up three yellow cards.

In other matches, Harare City will set the ball rolling when they welcome champions Chicken Inn at Rufaro Stadium today.

The Sunshine Boys will be eager to take it from where they left when they beat ZPC Kariba in a midweek fixture.

In midweek, the Gamecocks where frustrated to a goalless draw against newboys Ngezi Platinum at home and will be desperate for maximum points to ensure they reduce gap with the leading pack.

Struggling Tsholotsho welcome Hwange at Luveve this afternoon hoping to pick maximum points and ease relegation worries as they sit second from bottom with a paltry eight points from 13 matches.

Action will go into full swing tomorrow with Dynamos welcoming ZPC Kariba at Rufaro Stadium.

The Glamour Boys would want to quickly retain back to winning ways following midweek’s draw against How Mine.

Kariba will also be desperate to end a four match winless streak.

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