CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro says his charges are determined to beat Harare City to finish in the top four, but will not be doing it for Dynamos.
The Green Machine takes on log leaders Harare City at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday in a match that will decide the destiny of the 2013 Castle Lager Premiership title race.
The championship race this term has been one of the most fascinating in the history of the premiership with the leadership of the league table changing hands between three teams- defending champions Dynamos, Highlanders and Harare City on several occasions.
And with just one match left in the campaign it is set for an intriguing conclusion.
Harare City, who were third in the race going into the weekend games, took a two-point-lead at the summit of the log on Sunday following their comprehensive 4-0 victory over fellow title challengers Highlanders to take their points tally to 53.
They replaced Highlanders at the top with defending champions DeMbare retaining second spot after being held to a 2-2 draw at Chicken Inn. They remained on 51 points with just one match left before the end of the campaign while Highlanders slipped to third, also on 51 points.
Now Bigboy Mawiwi’s men need a victory of any margin in their last game against Makepekepe to land their maiden championship since they joined the elite league three years ago. This is because both Dynamos and Highlanders will not be able to catch up with them even if they also win their respective matches.
DeMbare, who host relegation-threatened Black Mambas, will be praying fervently that Caps United will do them a favour by beating Harare City to stop them from going to the winners’ podium.
It will not be surprising to see Dynamos fans forming an unholy alliance with their eternal rivals Caps United for the downfall of Harare City on Sunday.
Highlanders will also be at home against Luke Masomere’s Shabanie Mine in their last match of the season hoping for a slip up by both Dynamos and Harare City.
But Mangwiro said yesterday their determination to win against Harare City had nothing to do with Dynamos. He said Dynamos had to do it for themselves if they want to win the championship.
The Caps United gaffer said while he acknowledged that he was nurtured at Dynamos, it was the champions who have got to decide their own destiny.
“They have to decide the destiny of the championship themselves,” said Mangwiro. “They should not rely on us. You do not need to depend on anyone. They should do it like what Harare City did to be on top of the log now. Of course I know people say that because I was nurtured at Dynamos we will be playing for them.
“My allegiance is at Caps United because this is where my bread is buttered. Our ambition is to finish in the top four. We know there is a chance of us finishing among the top four if we win and FC Platinum falter in their last match. So we will give it our best to achieve that. What we are doing is for an institution called Caps United,” said Mangwiro.
FC Platinum, on fourth position with 49 points, host army side Buffaloes at Mandava Stadium in their last match of the campaign.
Caps United trail FC Platinum by one point and are aware a win over Harare City and a stumble by Lloyd Mutasa’s FC Platinum will see them finishing in the top four.