CAPS UNITED shift their focus to the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League when they lock horns with Chicken Inn at Luveve Stadium tomorrow, as they seek a strong ending to their rather tumultuous 2012 campaign.
“Makepekepe” remained in Bulawayo after the loss to Dynamos in the Mbada Diamonds Cup semi-final and trained at White City Stadium yesterday.
Both teams are coached by former Highlanders players Adam Ndlovu and Mkhuphali “Mr Cooper” Masuku, who took over the reins at Caps as head coach following the 10-year ban from all football activities on former coach Taurai Mangwiro.
Masuku is seeking first victory on the hot seat after losing 2-0 to Motor Action in a league match before the loss to Dynamos on Sunday.Chicken Inn have been playing well and moved up to third spot on the log table after beating city neighbours Quelaton 3-0 in their last league match.
Caps United are on position nine with 35 points from 28 games while Chicken Inn have 49 points from the same number of games.
Ndlovu said they expected a tough challenge from bruised Caps United.
“Caps United is a very big team and I will always respect them because of their history and their experience in the league. They were knocked out of the Mbada Cup by Dynamos, but it does not mean that they are a bad side,” he said.
Former Warriors striker Ndlovu said they were still aiming to finish on the third spot.
“We wish to end this season on position three. We want to remain focused and take our last games seriously like we have been doing since the start of the season. Caps United will also want to collect maximum points because they would want to finish in a better position,” he said.
Caps United assistant coach Brenna Msiska said they were aiming for maximum points.
“We did not travel back to Harare after the match against Dynamos because we are very serious about the match against Chicken Inn. We are going to fight hard. We are also looking for Christmas bonuses for our children, so it is a must-win for us,” he said.
“We did not play well against Dynamos because we did not have shots on target, but we have been rectifying that at training,” said the former Warriors goalkeeper.
Caps United will complete the 2012 campaign with a date against Shabanie Mine at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday.