Defence worries for CAPS United

HARARE - CAPS United will have to contend with a defensive crisis when they travel to Gweru to face Chapungu in a Castle Lager Premiership match this afternoon.

Makepekepe will be without suspended centre half Justice Jangano, who was shown a red card in the last minutes of a 2-1 win over Black Rhinos at the National Sports Stadium on Wednesday.

The Green Machine are also still monitoring the progress of centre back Stephen Makatuka, who has missed the last two matches against Ngezi Platinum Stars and Rhinos after falling ill.

“It’s a setback for us and we just hope someone can come in and fill the void and keep the team going forward,” CAPS assistant coach Tostao Kwashi said of Jangano’s red card.

“This is an opportunity for someone to get the jersey to come into the team and shine. We have a big squad and opportunities come in different kinds.

“Like I said before, this gives some players an opportunity to step up. We are looking forward to our next match and whoever is going to come into the team will have to take the opportunity with both hands.”

With Jangano suspended and Makatuka still recovering, Makepekepe are only left with one recognised centre back Carlton Munzambwa.

The other centre back in the squad is Last Sithole, who is on loan from FC Platinum, but has not featured for United this season.

CAPS will be hoping their lack of numbers in defence will not jeopardise their recent revival after a difficult period.

At one stage, the green machine went for five games without a win as they juggled demands on the domestic front and the Africa Champions League where they reached the group stages.

However, in the last five matches, Lloyd Chitembwe’s side has picked up four wins and a draw which has pushed them to 10th place on the log with 27 points.

Striker Dominic Chungwa is also a man on fire after netting five goals in those last five matches for Makepekepe.

Chungwa first struck in the 1-0 win over ZPC Kariba before scoring the winner in the 2-1 success over FC Platinum.

The Makepekepe forward netted a brace in the victory over Ngezi Platinum Stars and was also on target when he scored a superb winning strike in the triumph over Black Rhinos in midweek. 

CAPS, who have four games in hand, can make it five wins in six matches against a wobbly Chapungu side that is winless in their last three matches.

Last weekend, the Gweru-based team succumbed to a 1-0 defeat away to fellow struggling side Yadah FC in Harare.

Tendai Chikuni’s side go into today’s match in 13th place with 25 points from 21 matches.  

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