CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro faces his old club Monomotapa at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday for the first time since he left the 2009 Premier Soccer League champions in August, a match the soft-spoken gaffer has described as “an emotional return home”.
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The encounter is one of the two fixtures that will be beamed live on SuperSport this weekend.
The PSL had earlier suggested that Harare City’s clash against Blue Rangers at Rufaro this afternoon would also be televised, but that fixture is not on Supersport’s live broadcasting schedule.
PSL chief executive Kennedy Ndebele said there had been a technical hitch in broadcasting today’s match.
With Monomotapa having spectacularly halted Highlanders’ 23-match unbeaten run last week and Caps United continuing with their stunning resurgence, this is one match to look forward to.
The presence of Mangwiro on the Caps United bench has added extra excitement to the encounter.
Mangwiro was the head coach at Monoz for the past three and a half years before he was unexpectedly axed in early August. If the truth be told, he had become the face of Monomotapa.
The former Young Warriors coach then joined Caps United a week later as head coach, a team he has helped to turn the corner. And now the two teams go head-to-head.
“It will be a very emotional game for me. This will be the first time that I will watch the Monomotapa youngsters in action after my departure. I haven’t had time to watch them play, but I have been monitoring their progress and I’m happy with my contribution there. Had they go on to struggle after my departure it means I would have failed as a coach, but they are doing well and that is a big plus on my part.
“I’m happy with the way my former deputies have carried on with the project. I have an excellent relationship with them and we are in constant touch,” said Mangwiro.
“If you look closely you will discover that it’s not just me alone who has been to Monomotapa and now at Caps United. We have that with players also. Some of the players that I have at Caps United have also been at Monoz, so it would be a matter of how the players apply themselves on the day. I expect both sets of players to come to the party and then we can have a good game.”
Tendai Samanja, Charles Chiutsa and Tawanda Munyanduri are the players who have crossed the floor from Monoz to Caps United.
Today: Harare City vs Blue Rangers (Rufaro).
Tomorrow: Chicken Inn vs Hardbody (Luveve), Motor Action vs FC Platinum (Rufaro), Gunners vs Quelaton (Lafarge)
Sunday: Caps United vs Monomotapa (Rufaro), Hwange vs Dynamos (Colliery), Highlanders vs Black Mambas (Barbourfields), Shabanie Mine vs Buffaloes(Maglas)
Another fixture on SuperSport
THE mid-table clash between Motor Action and FC Platinum on Saturday, at Rufaro Stadium, will also be screened live on the giant television channel. Both matches will be on SuperSport 9 at 1445hrs.