Mukamba progress delights Chitembwe

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe is happy with the progress being made by midfielder Denver Mukamba as he continues to work his way to full fitness following his loan move from rivals Dynamos.

Mukamba ran into problems with former coach Lloyd Mutasa at Dynamos as he skipped training sessions without reason while allegations of drug and alcohol abuse also surfaced.

The former Bidvest Wits midfielder, who is hoping to resurrect his fading career under the teak-tough Chitembwe, has been training with the Green Machine for close to three weeks now.

And as they prepare for their season opener against Harare City this afternoon, Chitembwe said Mukamba is making solid progress.

“Mukamba is looking good. He is probably ahead of what I expected in terms of his fitness levels. I am happy and encouraged by his mentality at training,” Chitembwe told the Daily News on Sunday. 

“At the end of the day it is the mind that controls everything. He has applied himself well in training. He has been very good and we expect him to continue doing the right things.

“We just can’t wait to have him fully fit because we know what he is capable of giving us when he is fully fit. But he is one kind of a player who does not need to be 100 percent fit to give you results because even if he is at 60 or 70 percent you still have a very good player.

“We are looking forward to see Denver in a couple of weeks.”

Chitembwe also took time to reflect on the unfortunate incident of their captain Hardlife Zvirekwi, who was involved in car accident last week and had his hand amputated.

“It’s very sad actually not to have him among us. You know Hardlife is one kind of a player who gave us a lot of things on and off the pitch. He has a great personality, very intelligent on and off the pitch,” said Chitembwe. 

“He was one kind of player who gave us a lot of solutions on the pitch and to miss him like that is very sad. But all the same we will give him all the support needs especially during this time and the whole team will give him the necessary support and we wish him a quick recovery.”

And as they prepare for their opening match against Harare City at the national Sports Stadium, Chitembwe declared his charges ready.

“The preparations have been very good in as far as we are concerned. We have prepared for about six weeks so I think we have done well in that aspect,” he said.




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