CAPS Utd seek home comforts

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe is hoping his team’s incredible home record this season can carry them through when they host Ngezi Platinum Stars in a Castle Lager Premiership match tomorrow.

Makepekepe have managed nine wins at home at the National Sports Stadium while drawing five.

The only time they lost at home was when they were defeated on penalties by Tsholotsho in the first round of the Chibuku Super Cup.

Victory over Ngezi Platinum tomorrow might secure United their first league title in 11 years since their closest rivals FC Platinum and Highlanders clash at Mandava Stadium on the same day.

Makepekepe currently sit on 57 points, two ahead of the FC Platinum while Bosso are in third place with 53 with only two games to go before the end of the season.

“Not losing at home; I think it’s a very good sign of a great team. I have always said that there are a lot of good qualities within the group and I’m not surprised really because they have put in a lot of effort,” Chitembwe told the Daily News this week.

“Also the amount of belief that saw us so formidable at home gives me as coach contentment that I have a great team behind me.

“We must play the same way and adopt the same fortress mentality as we have been doing in the previous matches.”

After some trying times with players going on strike to protest unpaid salaries and winning bonuses, Chitembwe is amazed at the atmosphere in the Green machine camp.

“The spirit in the team now is very good and the oneness is out of this world. I attribute this to the amount of work put in by the players and I think they deserve the recognition and praise because we have come a long way as a club,” he said.

“The players have to some extent proved that it’s not really about money but the desire to want to achieve and this is a great team for me.”

Chitembwe is aware of the pressure that comes with being in the title race but expects his players to pass the test with a distinction.

“Pressure is always there, especially when you represent a football institution as big as CAPS United,” he said.

“Because of the past achievements of this great club, it puts you under pressure but I think we have done reasonably well to manage it since day one until now. We expect to manage the pressure in the remaining two matches.”

Makepekepe will be without suspended captain Moses Muchenje for tomorrow’s game but with an in-form forward like Leonard Tsipa, Chitembwe is not losing much sleep.

Tsipa is the league’s leading scorer with 12 goals and was earlier this week named October Player of the Month.

The 34-year-old striker has set his sights on surpassing the 15-goal mark and leading United to their fifth league title.

“I have set myself a target to score 15 goals or more before the season ends,” Tsipa said.

“This season, I think I’m playing well which I believe is down to hard work. I want to keep on scoring so that I can help my team win the title at the end of the season.”

Today

Tsholotsho vs Bulawayo City (Luveve), Mutare City vs Harare City (Sakubva), ZPC Kariba vs How Mine (Nyamhunga)

Tomorrow

Hwange vs Chapungu (Colliery), Chicken Inn vs Border Strikers (Luveve), Triangle vs Dynamos (Gibbo), FC Platinum vs Highlanders (Mandava), CAPS United vs Ngezi Platinum (NSS)

Comments (3)

this is our year to lift the maiden plate. nothing will stop us long live makepekepe!!!!!!!!!!!

simbarashe nyatondo - 19 November 2016

this is our year to lift the maiden plate. nothing will stop us long live makepekepe!!!!!!!!!!!

simbarashe nyatondo - 19 November 2016

this is our year to lift the maiden plate. nothing will stop us long live makepekepe!!!!!!!!!!!

simbarashe nyatondo - 19 November 2016

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