Muchenje praises CAPS' resilience

HARARE - CAPS United captain Moses Muchenje has praised the resilience shown by the Green Machine this season which has seen them rise to the top of the Castle Lager Premiership table.

With only four games to go, Makepekepe are on 53 points, two ahead of second-placed FC Platinum while Highlanders are on 50 points.

However, United have been rocked by serious off-field problems which saw the side almost fail to fulfil a number of fixtures due to player unrest.

On many occasions, club president Farai Jere had to step in to calm the situation as the club was also affected by the cash-crunch which has gripped the Zimbabwean economy.

Despite these problems, Makepekepe find themselves on the verge of sealing their first league title since 2005.

“It was a difficult road to get to the top considering all the challenges we have faced this season. There was a time when the problems affected us,” Muchenje said yesterday ahead of Sunday’s Harare derby clash against Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium.

“There were some games we ended up just fulfilling when we were not supposed to play but we just rallied ourselves as players to push hard.

“We told ourselves that we want to be champions at the end of the season. Let’s just play no matter how hard it is for us, no matter how the situation is like at CAPS. I’m happy that we are now at the top of the log.”    

The Makepekepe skipper admitted that it is going to be demanding for his side to maintain their pole position in the remaining matches.

“We are not under any pressure. This is the time we need each other from the executive, players, supporters and everyone associated with this club,” Muchenje said.

“We need to concentrate on the job at hand because the other teams will be looking to pounce on any slip-ups.

“I cannot really say the games we are still to play are easy or tough but what I can say is that we need to continue what we have been doing all season long.”

Turning to their opponents on Sunday, Muchenje said: “To us this game is very crucial and we are looking forward to it. I hope we do better because in the past few years they have been very dominant against us.

“They are one of the teams in the league, we respect them but because we are in the driving seat, we don’t want to lose anymore points.”

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