CAPS have momentum: Muchenje

HARARE - CAPS United captain Moses Muchenje says reducing FC Platinum’s gap at the top of the Castle Lager Premiership log has motivated his side as the title race heats up.

The Green Machine’s dramatic 1-2 away win over Triangle at Gibbo Stadium on Sunday the platinum miner’s lead at the top of the table to a single point.

Pressure is now on Norman Mapeza’s side which has failed to pick up maximum points in their last two matches drawing with Chicken Inn and ZPC Kariba.

With only eight matches to go before the season ends, Makepekepe are now on 43 points while FC Platinum are on 44.

Speaking on the sidelines of Chibuku Super Cup draw on Monday, Muchenje said they now have the momentum to try and win their remaining matches.

“There is still a long way to go and, therefore, we should not get carried away,” Muchenje told the Daily News.

“Reducing the gap with FC Platinum only motivates us to do well in the remaining fixtures. We only need to focus on our games and see how it ends.

“We are in a difficult league and we do not afford to drop a lot of points especially at this crucial stage of the season.

“It’s not easy getting maximum points in this league but if we work hard and stay focused then anything is possible. The good thing is that we all know what we want and everyone is working hard to achieve our set targets.”

The Green Machine has this season launched a sustained title challenge since they last won it in 2005.

And after they were paired to face struggling Tsholotsho in the Chibuku Super Cup which kicks off later this month, Muchenje was quick to warn his teammates.

“I think it is a tricky draw for and we need to take them seriously. There is no need for complacency just because we have been drawn against struggling opponents,” he said.

“Remember this is a cup game and anything is possible. But as CAPS United it will good if we can progress as much as possible in this tournament. It’s always good to win big tournaments like this. We will see how it goes.”

CAPS United host Chicken Inn in their next match as they begin their quest to pip FC Platinum from the top.

A win for them coupled with FC Platinum dropping points will see the Harare giants assume top spot.

On the other side, FC Platinum will host How Mine at Mandava hoping for a quick response if they entertain any hopes of winning their first title since promoted into the top flight league four seasons ago.

The biggest highlight of weekend’s fixtures will be however, Dynamos’ visit to Bulawayo for a date against Highlanders at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday. 

Tomorrow: Chicken Inn v Hwange (Luveve)

Friday: Chapungu v Harare City (Ascot, SS)

Saturday: Ngezi Platinum Stars v Bulawayo City (Gibbo), Tsholotsho v Border Strikers (Luveve), FC Platinum v How Mine (Mandava, SS),

Sunday: CAPS United v Chicken Inn (National Sports Stadium), Hwange v ZPC Kariba (Colliery), Mutare City Rovers v Triangle United (Sakubva), Highlanders v Dynamos (Barbourfields, SS)

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