Hardbody say they will not be intimidated by Caps United’s recent form ahead of the two teams’ clash in a Castle Lager Premiership Soccer League encounter on Sunday.
Hardbody have only managed a single point from their last three games. Caps United are coming from a 3-1 drubbing of title aspirants FC Platinum, while Hardbody are licking wounds inflicted by Gunners in a 2-1 defeat.
Hardbody are 13th on the log with just seven points, while Caps United lie eighth on the log with 14 points.
These sharply contrasting statistics and recent form have made the Gweru side the bookmakers’ underdogs ahead of this tie.
But the Hardbody gaffer has chosen to ignore the statistics and his opponents’ newly-discovered form, warning the Green Machine of hard times at Ascot as they have a good home record.
“We play better at home. All the wins we have recorded so far this season are at home and that should worry Caps more. We are not worried at all, they are a premiership side and so are we and that gives us all the confidence ahead of the game,” he said.
In the last game, a defeat to Gunners, Tavaka Gumbo tinkered with the lineup preferring Aleck Marime in goal ahead of gangling Alexander Useni. The move however backfired as Marime let in a soft goal in the 2-1 loss. It is now unlikely that Marime will start.
Gumbo defended his move to rest Useni saying the team’s pathetic performance on the road led to the changes during the Gunners match.
“We have been poor away where we have lost most of our games and that is why we changed the line up as we are trying to come up with a winning formula away from home,” he said.
Hardbody’s medical report is a clean one with no injuries to talk about and Gumbo said he will field his strongest squad.
“I have no injuries to talk about. Everyone is fit and ready to go. We will definitely field the strongest line up possible because we are aiming for nothing short of three points,” said the dreadlocked coach.
Caps United on the other hand, will also be looking to continue with their fine run to regain their fading status as football giants.
Makepekepe had a false start to the season but have since found form which they hope to maintain. While their strikers have struggled in front of goal, former Highlanders midfielder Rahman Kutsanzira has been banging in the goals, his latest being a double against Platinum.