CAPS United’s dreams of at least a top-four finish or the league title, comes under scrutiny tomorrow when they face Hwange in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.
In fact, this match and Saturday’s tussle against leaders Highlanders will define their 2013 Premiership campaign.
After appointing Saul Chaminuka as assistant to Taurai Mangwiro, there is no doubt the Green Machine faithfuls will be expecting immediate results from a home match against a Hwange side that lost 1-0 to Highlanders at the Colliery in their last encounter.
Caps drew 0-0 with Monomotapa in their last encounter to move to 20 points from 13 matches and lie sixth, nine points away from Highlanders. They are two away from FC Platinum, who engage Motor Action at Motor Action Sports Club tomorrow.
Playing two home games in a row is a blessing for Caps — or any other club in the league, given the huge financial costs of travelling and a win against Hwange will surely attract a near full house on Saturday — a match that will be screened on Supersport 9.
FC Platinum resume their Castle Premiership campaign tomorrow when they roll into Harare for a date with Motor Action, with Tendai Chikuni, once again, in charge following the departure of head coach Tennant Chilumba last week.
It’s not the first time that Chikuni has been at the helm at FC Platinum as he took charge of the Zvishavane-based outfit after they parted ways with Rahman Gumbo last July, leading the team to seventh position on the log at the end of the season.
Now Chikuni has to deal with yet another departure on his technical bench after Anderson Phiri followed Chilumba to Power Dynamos in Zambia.
FC Platinum are in position five, seven points behind log leaders Highlanders with two matches to the end of the first half of the season. FC Platinum, with some of the best players in the land and one time leading the pack, have not won in the last five matches, losing to Hwange 0-1 and 2-1 to Caps United with three draws against Bosso, Monomotapa and Harare City.
Chikuni must start collecting maximum points for Platinum tomorrow against the battered Mighty Bulls if he is to win the hearts of the Platinum bosses, who appear in no hurry to find a new coach to replace Chilumba.
Buoyant Shabanie Mine, who have stuck to Luke Masomere after three straight wins against Rhinos (home), Buffaloes (away) and How Mine at home, also travel to Harare tomorrow where they take on police side Black Mambas at Morris Depot. Shabanie on position eight with 17 points take on Mambas who, before the break lost two matches in Bulawayo, 1-0 to Bosso and 2-0 to Chicken Inn and are hard-pressed for a win to stay safe from the relegation zone.