City out to derail CAPS United

HARARE - Harare City coach Moses Chunga feels his team’s Castle Premiership clash against CAPS United tomorrow at Rufaro Stadium may provide more clues as to whether they are heading in the right direction.

Chunga, who replaced Taurai Mangwiro in June, has overhauled the Sunshine Boys by promoting a number of the club’s youth players from their development side despite an indifferent season.

Despite being inconsistent, Chunga’s youthful side has been blowing hot and cold but on their day can be menacing as evidenced by their 2-1 home win over FC Platinum earlier this month.

That defeat saw FC Platinum surrendering pole position to current log leaders CAPS United.

Tomorrow, Harare City will once again come face to face with a side that is pushing for their first championship in over a decade.

“This is a new a game for us and we are treating it the same way as other matches that we have played before,” Chunga told the Daily News yesterday.

“We are very happy that our development is getting to fruition. I think for us this match against CAPS United at this stage of the season is a blessing in disguise. We are going to see if they are ready for the big stage.

“Remember, this is our project for next season and the stage will give us clear indications whether we are going in the right direction. We are not looking at what they want to achieve, we are only concerned about our progress.”

Chunga, who was once in the ranks of CAPS United before being forced out by a section supporters following a string of poor results, played down any talk of a revenge.

“I don’t dwell much on revenge,” he said. “It’s only a coincidence that I was with them at some point. I have since moved on and my task now is to see Harare City winning games. If we beat them it will be in the name of fair play.”

Since Chunga started work at Harare City, he has presided 18 league matches winning nine, drawing twice while losing seven times.

The former Dynamos coach also led the Sunshine Boys to the semi-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup before they were knocked out by FC Platinum last weekend.

Against CAPS United tomorrow, City will be without speedy winger Martin Vengesai and goalkeeper Maxwell Nyamupanedengu, who are writing their exams.

On the other hand, CAPS United know they cannot afford to lose this game as it could put a massive dent on their title aspirations.

The Green Machine currently sit at the top of the log table with 54 points, one ahead of second-placed Highlanders and three ahead of third-placed FC Platinum.

Fixtures:

Tomorrow: Harare City v CAPS United (Rufaro Stadium), Ngezi Platinum Stars v Hwange (Baobab Stadium), Chapungu v FC Platinum (Ascot Stadium), Highlanders v Tsholotsho (Barbourfields Stadium)

Sunday: Border Strikers v Triangle United (Dulibadzumu Stadium), Dynamos v Mutare City Rovers (Rufaro Stadium), How Mine v Chicken Inn (Luveve Stadium), Bulawayo City v ZPC Kariba (Barbourfields Stadium)

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