CAPS in final push

HARARE - CAPS United title hopes will be put under renewed scrutiny this afternoon when they clash against neighbours Harare City in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at Rufaro Stadium as the title race reaches its climax.

The Green Machine presently 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 with only three matches left before the season ends.

The title race has come down to a dogfight between these three sides and today’s game presents Makepekepe with a chance to advance towards their first title in a little over decade.

Lloyd Chitembwe’s charges are aware they have to maintain their impressive form lately, which has seen them topple FC Platinum from the top.

For CAPS United to be crowned champions at the end of the season, they need to win their remaining three fixtures and their assistant coach Mark Mathe believes they have now rolled up their sleeves to work towards the that.

“It’s a really important few weeks for a lot of teams, not just us,” Mathe told the Daily News after the team’s light session at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

“We definitely feel like we can go there and win, it’s just a case of playing the way we can and not getting drawn into the occasion.”

Mathe said their players needed to show character to cross the finish line ahead of Bosso and the platinum miners.

“It’s all about our application, if we get that right and our attitude right and not take anything for granted, we have a real chance of winning,” Mathe said.

“At this stage, we need strong mental strength as we have demonstrated in our previous matches. In fact, we need more character in all the remaining three matches.

“For now we need to focus on the Harare City match. We have been talking to the players and they know what is expected.” 

While Mathe is confident of collecting maximum points he reckons it will not be an easy match.

The former Highlanders coach has not forgotten how they benefited to go top of the log after Harare City defeated FC Platinum 2-1 at Rufaro Stadium earlier this month.

“We are expecting a very tough game against Harare City,” he said.

“I have watched some their matches and they are a descent team. Remember they have a great coach in Moses Chunga. I think he has done well so far for the club. They will definitely not make it easy for us. But as CAPS United, we will fight for maximum points.”

Makepekepe are boosted by the return of Leonard Tsipa and Phineas Bamusi, who were suspended in their last league match while midfielder Archieford Gutu has also recovered from an injury.

Tsipa is the league current top scorer with 11 goals and his absence as the Makepekepe focal point in attack was evident when they toiled before coming back to draw 3-3 with Dynamos in their last league outing.

Harare City, on the other hand, are on a rebuilding mission and Chunga this week revealed the match against CAPS United may provide more clues as to whether they are heading in the right direction.

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