Chitembwe wary of Herentals

HARARE - CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe says his side will not take premiership debutants,  Herentals, lightly in tomorrow’s Castle Lager Premiership match at the National Sports Stadium.

Makepekepe, who are unbeaten after four matches, take on the newly-promoted side which has shaken off their unconvincing start to life in the top flight by beating ZPC Kariba and drawing with Yadah FC in their last two matches. 

Herentals had started the season with two straight defeats to Ngezi Platinum Stars and Highlanders.

On the other hand, Makepekepe started the season with three straight draws against Harare City, Bulawayo Chiefs and FC Platinum before eventually picking up their first win with victory over Black Rhinos last Sunday.

“I’m sure what is important for us is to be professional and do what is expected which is to compete,” Chitembwe said.

“It is on this basis that we would want to approach this game; we want to be very competitive and we also want to be very organised; technically, tactically, physically and mentally, we just want to be at our best.”

Herentals are a unique team in the top flight due to the fact that club director Innocent “IB9” Benza, who is now 45, has started all of their four matches in the Premiership.

Chitembwe said they will not pay any special attention to Benza.

“We don’t look at individuals; we look at Herentals as a team which is more important than an individual,” he said.

“This is how we are going to approach Sunday’s match and we are not going to look at individuals. We know Herentals are a very competitive team.

“They are one side that has shown a lot of desire in the games they have played. They deserve respect.”

After those early draws, Chitembwe is confident that his team is now able to put away matches following last Sunday’s win over Rhinos.

The Makepekepe coach hopes his side will continue in the same vain tomorrow against the School Boys.

“We knew at some point that we were going to get it right; it’s expected especially during the early stages of the season and in our situation we had lost quite a number of key players and we brought in new players as well,” the United coach said.

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