Rovers after CAPS' scalp

MUTARE - Resurgent Mutare City Rovers coach Taku Shariwa (pictured) has promised to hand troubled CAPS United their first home defeat of the season when they invade the National Sports Stadium this afternoon.

Makepekepe go into this afternoon’s match still licking their wounds following last weekend’s demoralising 3-1 away defeat to Bulawayo City.

CAPS United are currently in second place on the log with 37 points from 20 matches and trail leaders FC Platinum by five points.

Shariwa believes this is the best moment to face United as they are showing some vulnerability as the Castle Lager Premiership title race hots up.

“CAPS are a formidable side vying for top honours. They have been invincible at the National Sports Stadium and are still to suffer defeat there,” Shariwa told the Daily News.

“There is however, always a first time for everything and tomorrow (today) they will taste defeat at their beloved home ground.”

Shariwa added: “I know their technical team and would love them to win the league albeit dropping points to us.

“We are coming to Harare for a positive result and they can be assured that tomorrow (today) people will accord us respect that we deserve.”

Magusha have some injury worries as they are monitoring the fitness of central defenders Munyaradzi Sako and William Mapfumo ahead of today’s match.

“We are a team and don’t rely on individuals. We will see who is fit to start but whoever is selected knows what is at stake,” Shariwa said of his side’s injury concerns.

Magusha need to continue with their steady progress in recent weeks or else they will face the chop.

Rovers are in 14th place on the log with 17 points some eight points from safety. Their survival bid suffered a major blow yesterday when the Premier Soccer League deducted three points from their total for fielding a suspended player in the match against FC Platinum earlier this month.     

“The Castle Lager Premier Soccer League has deducted three points from Mutare City FC following their use of a suspended player, Kudakwashe Gurure during a match between FC Platinum and Mutare City FC played at Mandava Stadium on 13 August 2016,” read the judgment released by the league yesterday.

“Gurure had accumulated three yellow cards during Castle Lager PSL matches. Mutare City FC contravened Order 33.4 of the PSL Rules and Regulations which states that:

“...where a player has accumulated three yellow cards he shall automatically be suspended for one official match... such suspension should be applicable on the next official match.”

Magusha have also been fined $1 250 which they must pay before 10 September.

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