Chitembwe pleased with CAPS display

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe is encouraged by his team’s progress in pre-season despite last Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Dynamos in the semi-final of the ZNA Commander Charity Shield.

Makepekepe lost the match after a mistake by midfielder Cabby Kamhapa allowed DeMbare to score through Kudzanai Dhemere in the second half.

DeMbare fielded a largely youthful side in the match while the United line-up comprised some of the team’s seasoned players like Stephen Makatuka, the returning Method Mwanjali, Oscar Machapa and captain Hardlife Zvirekwi.

Despite the defeat to the DeMbare side made up of largely unheralded names, Chitembwe was worried more about his team’s performance rather than the result.

“If anything, I think I was very much impressed by the commitment showed by the boys and our organisation especially in the second half, I was very impressed,” Chitembwe said.

“The first half did not go the way we would have anticipated but all the same, I think it was expected since it was our first training game of our preparations. But overall I am happy, I’m pleased.

“In as far as we are concerned; we are far ahead of the schedule. Usually, it takes a team six weeks to be ready and considering what I saw today, I am sure we did well and we just need to work on the important aspects of the game.

“Our transitions especially from defending to attacking were not the best but there was much better improvement in the second half. Basing on that, I am sure with a little bit of more time I am sure we stand a very good chance to build a formidable side this season.”

While they have lost some of their senior players during this transfer window, the Green Machine have been active on the market bringing in such players like Praise Tonha, who signed from How Mine but only introduced as a second half substitute.

United also signed forward Brian Muzondiwa, who joined from reigning champions FC Platinum and also introduced as a second half substitute.

Makepekepe also reunited with midfielder Dominic Mukandi after his stint with Ngezi Platinum Stars. Midfielder Ronald Chitiyo is also back at United after terminating his stay in Tunisia after only four months but is currently injured. Chitembwe is hoping their new signings will bring the much needed stability to the Green Machine, who also lost talented midfielder Devon Chafa after he signed for Zambian side Buildcon at the weekend.

“It’s very easy to work with those guys especially considering that they are experienced guys and they bring in so much in terms of dependability,” Chitembwe said.

“I am sure this is one thing that you really need, these guys are very dependable, they know what you want and they know what the club wants and the expectations of the fans out there.

“I am sure these are the guys who can manage that kind of expectation.”

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