CAPS seek first win outside the capital

HARARE - CAPS United believe they have worked to rectify the shortcomings that saw them lose in their last away trip to Triangle at gobo Stadium in Chiredzi two weeks ago.

Makepekepe, who are still on cloud nine following their 1-0 win over Dynamos in the Harare derby last week, a back on the road today when they travel to Ascot Stadium in Gweru to face new boys Nichrut.

John Nyikadzino’s side, which won promotion by lifting the Zifa Central Region Division One champions last year, have already shown that they are a good and have only lost once at home. 

The Green Machine has already made two trips outside the capital in the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership and is yet to win.

Their first away game of the season was at Luveve Stadium when they needed a late penalty from midfielder Joel Ngodzo to secure a 2-2 draw.

Against Triangle, Makepekepe had battled to get back to level terms when Ngodzo scored again from 12 yards out but they allowed the home side to score straight from the restart through Lameck Nhamo.

Makepekepe technical advisor Nelson Matongorere believes his side will not repeat the same mistakes they made against Triangle as they seek their first victory outside the capital. 

“Whether you lose or win a match, it’s always a learning process. What we learned from Triangle is that there are certain moments in the game when our defenders lost concentration especially towards the end,” Matongorere said.

“The major objective in football is scoring; we dominated that game but at the end of the day we didn’t come up with three points because we lost concentration towards the end the game.

“This has to do with mental attitudes and you know with mental attitudes, you cannot train them; you have to tell the players and we will keep on talking to them about this.”

Last weekend win over city rivals DeMbare moved CAPS into sixth place on the log with 12 points and now trail early pacesetters Ngezi Platinum Stars by seven.

On the other hand, Nichrut come into tomorrow’s game on eighth place with nine points after their 0-2 away win over Yadah FC at the National Sports Stadium last weekend.

The win over DeMbare ultimately lifted the mood in the Makepekepe camp according to Matongorere. 

“We are quite happy because that win over Dynamos helped us build up our confidence. When you win games against teams like Dynamos and Highlanders; it’s always great motivation,” Matongorere said.

“The players are already motivated and the other good thing is that in most we have played, we are not conceding except when we played Bulawayo Chiefs and Triangle.

“I’m quite happy that we are watertight at the back and our ball retention is very high; I think we are in the right track.”

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