Hwange coach Bigboy Mawiwi says fatigue has taken its toll on his boys as they face champions Caps United in a rescheduled Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at the Colliery tomorrow afternoon.
BY FORTUNE MBELE
After beating fellow strugglers Bantu Rovers in another rescheduled tie at home on September 7, the coal miners travelled to Chiredzi where they lost 3-1 to Triangle three days later, went back home before another trip to Zvishavane on Saturday for the Chibuku Super Cup preliminary match against Yadah FC at Mandava Stadium. They eventually lost 1-0 to Yadah.
They are back at home against the Green Machine, who are coming from a win against Dynamos at Rufaro courtesy of a Dominic Chungwa strike on Sunday.
Despite the fatigue concerns, Mawiwi said a win against Caps United tomorrow would be crucial for the coal miners who are hanging precariously on position 16 and fighting relegation.
“We have been travelling a lot and fatigue has taken its toll, but it is one thing that we cannot run away from. We have had no rest, but we are working hard and focused on winning the game. It is a very big game and we are looking forward to it and it is a fixture that we have always known about,” he said.
Defender Clayton Phiri has been ruled out after he picked up an injury against Yadah FC while Shepard Gadzikwa is a doubtful starter and will have to pass a late fitness test.
Mawiwi does not see the advantage of playing at home when facing a team such as Caps United, but appealed to Hwange fans to come in large numbers to rally behind the team as they fight relegation.
Hwange have lost three of their last five matches, with victories coming against Chapungu and Bantu Rovers at home.
“This is where we are and we remain focused, fighting for survival. There is nothing like home advantage in this match. We are playing against the reigning champions. They have seen it all, but I would like to call upon our supporters to come and rally behind the boys in good times and in bad times. They are the ones who make the team tick,” Mawiwi said.
Coming to Hwange to save them from the chop, Mawiwi brought along Chripsen Dickson, Crybert Muviti, Nathan Ziwini and Elvis Meleka.
Caps United have lost once in the last 10 games, losing to Dynamos, whom they beat in the reverse fixture on Sunday with six wins and three draws.
Tomorrow: *Chapungu v Dynamos (Ascot), Hwange vs Caps United (Colliery)
*match to be resumed from 56th minute.