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Caps United on the rocks

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IF the last two defeats suffered by Caps United in the league gave an impression of a minor bleep to their cause this season, then another setback at Gibbo Stadium against Triangle tomorrow will certainly get many of their supporters into a panic mode.

Report by Henry Mhara

Following consecutive losses to Chicken Inn and Shabanie Mine, the Green Machine camp knows very well that they just have to win this one before their season can further deteriorate into a crisis.

“Every match we play is important, but events of the past two weeks have made this extra important,” Caps United assistant coach Brenna Msiska said yesterday.

“We cannot continue to lose matches and this is one we have to win. We started well, but we seem to lack consistency and this is one area we are addressing,” he added.
But Caps United will not have it easy against an opponent that has too many familiar faces.

Triangle coach Gishon Ntini is a former Caps United gaffer and will tomorrow lead a team whose backbone is made up of ex-Caps players.

David Sengu Maketo and Limited Chikafa were at one time captains at Caps United, while Courage Denias, Silas Chihota and Tineyi Meda also had stints with the Harare club.

Ntini, as outspoken as he is controversial, said he still had emotional attachments to Caps United, and so were most of his players.

But he was quick to point out that he would not do his former club any favours.

“It will be a big one for the obvious reasons, but Caps United should not expect any favours from us. It will be war during the match and then friends after. We are looking forward to the match,” Ntini said.

It will also be an emotional return to Chiredzi for Caps United defender Ronald Pfumbidzai.

Pfumbidzai, arguably the league’s finest so far barring the yellow cards he has accumulated this season, was not part of the Caps United team last week that fell to Shabanie due to suspension and his return has coincided with a trip to a place he calls home.

The roving left-back played for Chiredzi-based Division One side Hippo Valley in the previous two seasons before he was signed by Caps United at the start of this term.

“He has been one of the outstanding performers for us this season. He is as important as all the other players, but he adds sting to the team,” Msiska said.

Bad news for Caps United fans is that winger Rahman Kutsanzira is still out injured.

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