CAPS wary of Border Strikers

HARARE - CAPS United assistant coach Mark Mathe has warned his side not to underrate bottom side Border Strikers as they continue their quest to land the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership title.

The Green Machine travel to Beitbridge on Sunday, hoping to collect maximum points and maintain pressure on the log leaders FC Platinum.

Makepekepe currently sit in second place on the log table with 50 points, one point shy of the Zvishavane-based platinum miners with only five matches left before the season ends.

Border Strikers sit at the bottom of the log with only 14 points and are virtually relegated from the top flight.

“Border Strikers’ situation makes them difficult and stronger and we are approaching the match like all the rest; independent of where the opponent is on the log standings,” Mathe told the Daily News yesterday.

“There are five games left, everyone has significant objectives and these are key matches in the championship race.

“I expect Border Strikers to come at us because their situation is tough and although they still have a chance of avoiding the drop, it will be complicated. I have no doubt that we will have problems against them and we will need a very good performance. There is no way we can underrate them.”

United’s neighbours Dynamos can testify that Dulibadzimu is no easy terrain having themselves found the going tough after going down 2-1 in August.

Despite predicting a tough assignment, Mathe said they have reached a stage where they cannot afford to drop points.

“We are focused on collecting points and if we win all our matches and obviously, I prefer that our rivals, in this case FC Platinum, struggle and drop points,” he said.

“We need to show character so that we can cross the line. The good thing is that our players seem to be heeding the call, especially when you analyse our last match against How Mine.

“I think we need more of similar performances in our remaining matches. However, what we are worried about for now is that we win our match against Border Strikers.”

Makepekepe only have the league to play for this season after they were knocked out of the Chibuku Super Cup in the first round by Tsholotsho.

“Yeah, when you look at it I think it is an advantage in a way. It enables players to recover from injuries while giving them enough rest at the same time,” Mathe said.

The Green Machine will surely be praying for a huge favour from one of their neighbours, Harare City, who host FC Platinum in the capital 24 hours before their clash with Strikers at Dulibadzimu.

Bulawayo giants Highlanders, make a short strip to Gweru for a date against Chapungu tomorrow, and they still remain dark horses in the championship mix as they sit third on the table with 47 points, four behind Norman Mapeza’s FC Platinum.

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