Chitembwe faces mammoth task

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Lloyd Chitembwe

BY TERRY MADYAUTA
CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe  has admitted that he faces a herculean task to lift his players’ spirits following two consecutive defeats.

Last week’s turmoil at the Harare giants saw three players, Dennis Dauda, Clive Augusto and Simba Chinani being fired from the club, a situation which did not help the Green Machine’s cause.

And their latest defeat at the hands of defending PSL Champions FC Platinum rubbed more salt to their wounds, especially given that they were hoping to put behind memories of that forgettable bad week.

They lost 3-0, in a match they conceded all three goals in the first half.

Though Chitembwe reserved comments on his team’s stature, it was clear that there is need for a major shake-up especially in defence, where Jimmy Dzingai partnered Marshall Machazane in central defence, without Dauda.

The two lanky defenders were lethargic throughout the match against FC Platinum.

“We didn’t do well in the first half, but we tried to do better in the second half. But it was too late because the damage had already been done,” Chitembwe said.

“No matter how good you play in either halves, what matters is getting to score. Our opponents have been taking advantage of our weaknesses.

“However, we have to move on and work on these areas; but it’s not going to be an easy task for me considering everything. But I am happy that after team talks, they responded positively.”

Kepekepe now face three potentially tough fixtures to conclude the first half of the season against Chicken Inn, Bulawayo Chiefs and Dynamos.

Chicken Inn and Dynamos are top contenders for this year’s title while Bulawayo Chiefs are on a resurgent path following a slow start to the season.

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