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Real test for Connor

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Having won his two previous matches against Quelaton and Blue Rangers, Caps United manager Sean Connor would be the first to admit those were rather arguably modest opposition.

Without disrespecting the two teams, Caps United were in fact expected to win the matches by resounding margins.

However, having scrapped through with identical 1-0 wins in both matches, no one would rancor Connor considering the circumstances his team found itself before the matches.

The two wins were actually a welcome relief to the Irishman who had posted just two points from a possible 15.

This record was probably Caps United’s worst start to the season in many years.

Today, Connor will face what looks like his first real test since joining the club at the start of the season.
The former champions face-off with last year’s league runners-up FC Platinum in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the National Sports Stadium, and Connor knows the task awaiting him.

It’s going to be quite interesting to see how Connor will cope against a formidable and well organised side like FC Platinum who are coming into the match with their tails up.

The Zvishavane-based side have won their last three matches, beating Motor Action (2-0), Harare City (4-1) and Gunners (2-1).

Said FC Platinum secretary Phil Muvengwa yesterday: “Morale is high in camp following our win over our bogey side Gunners last week.
“We will not underrate Caps United though. They are one of the biggest clubs in Zimbabwe and for that we respect them, but we always play our games to win. Our previous clashes with them have always been mouth-watering and I don’t think tomorrow (today)’s match will be an exception.”

Caps will be without injured midfielders David Redhiyoni and Conrad Whitby for the match, in addition to defender Obert Moyo who is nursing injuries.

For FC Platinum striker Donald Ngoma remains on the sidelines while all the other players have been certified fit for the match.

Elsewhere, Chicken Inn welcome Black Mambas at Luveve Stadium in a battle of wounded sides.
The hosts are coming into the match on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Dynamos while the visitors were beaten 1-0 by Shabanie Mine.

Chicken Inn will be without their inspirational captain Hebert Dick for the match following his red card against Dynamos on Sunday.

Premier Soccer League fixtures today:
CAPS United v FC Platinum (NSS), Harare City v Buffaloes (Rufaro), Chicken Inn v Black Mambas (Luveve), Gunners v Hardbody (Lafarge).

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