CAPS Utd fret over Pfumbidzai

ALGIERS  - CAPS United will be hoping defender Ronald Pfumbidzai recovers in time for tonight’s African Champions League encounter against USM Alger after he fell sick during the team’s trip to this Mediterranean coastal city.

Pfumbidzai played an inspirational role in the Green Machine’s 3-1 win over Zamalek last weekend by providing the opening goal before striker Abbas Amidu scored a second half brace that revived the team’s chances of a quarter-final berth.

Speaking ahead of this evening’s game, assistant coach Mark Mathe said they are concerned about the player’s health as he is reported to have succumbed to flu.

Pfumbidzai did not train with his teammates on Friday night and was given extended rest while last night he was expected to join his teammates for the scheduled training session at the match venue.

“It’s looking good so far; the way we trained at home and the training sessions that we had here. We are happy about the application so far from the players,” Mathe told to the Daily News on Sunday.

“Our only concern is Pfumbidzai. He is not feeling well and the doctors are still monitoring the situation.

“Early indications were that he was suffering from flu. We just hope he recovers and will be able to play because we really need to field our strongest side for this one.”

In the event that the defender does not recover in time for tonight’s match, Makepekepe coach Lloyd Chitembwe might have to deploy Valentine Musarurwa on the left side of his rear guard.

Another option will be to use Justice Jangano at left back but the defender has been playing at centre back recently and is unlikely to be redeployed. 

Meanwhile, CAPS United midfielder Moses Muchenje has urged his teammates to show character when they take to the stadium tonight.

Muchenje said they hope to use lessons they picked up from the previous matches in the tournament to ensure they get a victory.

“I think we are more than prepared for the game and are looking forward to the match,” Muchenje told the Daily News on Sunday.

“In football you always aim to improve from your previous performances. We are yet to pick up maximum points away from home in this tournament but I think it’s high time we rectify that.

“Games of this magnitude are won by capitalising on your opponents’ mistakes as well as minimising making your own mistakes. We know what we need and we just need to have strong character and mental strength.

“I am sure if we can exhibit the same attitude as we did in the game against Zamalek we will not go wrong. We have already surpassed our expectations and it’s only good that we continue without putting ourselves under any pressure.

“Very few gave us a chance from the start but look where we are right now.

“So, it’s good that we maintain that passion and see how far we can progress in this tournament. We need to challenge ourselves as players to keep on doing more,” said Muchenje.

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