'CAPS are favourites'

HARARE - Former Dynamos and CAPS United utility player Oscar Machapa has tipped the Green Machine to win tomorrow’s Harare derby and go on to win the Castle Lager Premiership title.

Machapa, who now plays for Democratic Republic of Congo side AS Vita, is one of the select few players in domestic Premiership to have represented both DeMbare and Makepekepe over long spells.

Log leaders CAPS host a wobbling Dynamos side at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow hoping to win and keep the distance with second-placed FC Platinum and Highlanders, who are in third place.

“This time around, CAPS United are the favourite team to win the derby. I have been tipping them to win the league since the start of the season and I’m glad they are doing well,” Machapa told the Daily News from his Kinshasa base yesterday.

“Comparing the two teams man for man, you can see that CAPS are a much stronger side than Dynamos at the moment.

“CAPS have a lot of game changers in their side as compared to Dynamos. I can safely say that at least three quarters of the CAPS players are game changers.”

Although Machapa won two titles with DeMbare in 2013 and 2014, he believes the Glamour Boys are still in a rebuilding phase hence their struggles this term.

DeMbare go into tomorrow’s match in fifth place on the log as they trail Makepekepe by a massive 14 points with only four games to go before the season ends.

“Dynamos struggled this season because they did not have enough depth in their squad,” he said.

“At times, the coaches were fielding a lot of youngsters in the side.

“They were putting in seven or eight young players in the team at once and this affected them a lot.

“I’m not saying fielding young players is bad; it’s actually good for the future of the club but this season they did not have a chance. As for this game on Sunday, they do not have a chance against CAPS because I don’t see CAPS dropping points.”

Machapa, who can play in defence or midfield, urged Makepekepe not to go out all gung ho tomorrow.

“For CAPS, they must not try too hard to get the win. They must just be relaxed and approach this game like they have done in the other games throughout the season,” he said.

“If they try too hard to get the three points then they might make mistakes, allowing Dynamos to punish them.

“I believe they will have the right approach like I alluded to earlier; they have an experienced squad full of game changers which you need at this stage of the season.”

Machapa added: “Dynamos have no pressure going into this game and will just be playing for pride while CAPS desperately need the three points to win the league: so the CAPS players must not get carried away.”

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