Mhofu out to derail CAPS

HARARE - ZPC Kariba coach Sunday Chidzambwa has set his sights on dousing CAPS United’s title aspirations when the two teams clash this afternoon in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Nyamhunga Stadium.

The Zimbabwe Power Company-owned side are presently fourth on the table, but a win this afternoon, might push them right back into the title mix.

Chidzambwa’s charges, who progressed to the quarter-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup at the weekend after edging Bulawayo City 1-0, trail log leaders FC Platinum by 11 points.

And while the former Dynamos and Warriors coach concedes the title is no longer within their reach, he however, wants his side to finish on a respectable position.

“We are playing at home and we are confident of collecting maximum points. We are not in the title race but it is our hope that we finish in a respectable position,” Chidzambwa said.

“We won our last game in the Chibuku Super Cup and we have won a few other games so we have a lot of confidence to win this game. Of course, they are a good team. They play really good football.

“So it’s definitely not going to be easy for us. They are title favourites and they will not come here to defend. They will obviously be looking for maximum points and it’s promising to be a good game.”

United will be keen to bounce back after the weekend’s sapping defeat in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup at the hands of lowly Tsholotsho.

Makepekepe players refused to leave the team bus as they staged a protest over unpaid bonuses and salaries.

They finally agreed to play the match which kicked off 36 minutes late and went on to lose 5-4 on penalties.

Chidzambwa, however, refused to read much into the Makepekepe off-field problems and expects them to put up a good challenge.

“When teams have lost games, they are dangerous because they want to come back,” Chidzambwa said.

“Every team plays to win games but whether that happens or not is a different story. We know it’s going to be a tough game. We have to perform if we want to win.”

The Green Machine cannot afford any slip-up as they are behind FC Platinum by just a single point with seven matches left before the season ends.

In other matches, ailing giants Dynamos host Tsholotsho at Rufaro Stadium while Ngezi Platinum welcome Chapungu at Baobab Stadium.

Fixtures:

Today: Ngezi Platinum Stars v Chapungu (Baobab), ZPC Kariba v CAPS United (Nyamhunga), Border Strikers v FC Platinum (Dulibadzimu), Bulawayo City v Triangle (Barbourfields), Dynamos v Tsholotsho (Rufaro)

Tomorrow: Chicken Inn v Mutare City Rovers (White City), Harare City v Highlanders (Rufaro), How Mine v Hwange (Luveve)

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