A POTENTIAL banana skin awaits Caps United when they travel to Gibbo Stadium tomorrow for a date against struggling Triangle as the business end of Castle Lager Premiership football winds down.
Buoyed by their 4-0 win over Highlanders in their last league match at the National Sports Stadium, there is nothing that suggests Triangle have the potential to stop the Green Machine, other than they are playing at home.
Or perhaps, the doubled winning bonuses by the Triangle bosses can do the trick.
The last kicks of a dying horse are the most dangerous, they say and Caps should be aware of the threat posed by the hosts, who bagged the One Wallet Cup against the highly-fancied Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium early this month.
By the time, Triangle play tomorrow, they will know the result of the Bantu Rovers-Shabanie Mine match, which takes place this afternoon at Hartsfield and this might have an effect-negative or positive on their performance.
Triangle are on 13th spot with 27 points and if Shabanie (29) win they will move to 32, meaning the Lowveld side’s win might mean nothing at the end of the day.
If Shabanie lose and Triangle win, the One Wallet Cup winners will move up to 12th place and relegate the Zvishavane side to the bottom four.
So as it ends, Triangle have little choice but to win.
But against Caps, its mountain to climb as Taurai Mangwiro is not only eyeing the Mbada Diamonds Cup spot, but also the league title which they feel is very much within reach as they have 45 points, juts four off Dynamos.
Led by Hardlife Zvirekwi, anchorman Tendai Samanja and veteran goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, Caps have overcome various problems in their camp this season to stay focused on the job at hand — a first league title since 2005.
They won two in a row in 2004 and 2005 under Charles Mhlauri, but have flirted with relegation in recent years. But come 2014, they have the biggest chance to shake the monkey off their back and reclaim glory.
At the bottom of the log, Bantu Rovers need all three points against Shabanie to stage a last minute Houdini Act to stay in the top-flight, when they face Shabanie at Hartsfield.
Buffaloes, having lost 1-0 to Dynamos at home two weeks back, need to get their house back in order and win against Harare City. City are having a good run under Masimba Dinyero and having thrashed Highlanders 3-0 to reach the final of the Chibuku Super Cup, they have some kind of confidence in their camp.
Black Rhinos (27 points) are at home to Hwange (38) this
afternoon and only three points can do, but those won’t be delivered on a silver platter by the coalminers as they have their own ambitions.
They want to play in the Mbada Diamonds Cup or better still, with 15 points to play for, win the league title.