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Caps buzzing ahead of restart


CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe says his dressing room is buzzing with confidence as the Harare football giants resume action with a home match against ZPC Kariba on Sunday following a disappointing show at the end of the first round of the campaign.

The Green Machine endured a frustrating period at the end of the first half of the season following a dreadful spate of results which saw them going on a six-match losing streak.

That poor run dragged them to a single point above the drop zone after 17 rounds of matches, which has seen alarm bells tolling loud.

However, the Caps mentor, who won the championship with the side in 2016, believes the team has returned with renewed vigour after a two-week break.

Chitembwe, while acknowledging the tail end of the first round of the season was disappointing, said they have now opened a new chapter in the second round. He is encouraged by the spirit of revolution among his lads whom he said were looking mentally settled.

“Yes, it was not the best of phases. We had a disappointing phase, but it’s something that we just have to put behind us and look ahead,” he said after the team’s training session yesterday.

“We have to go out there with the belief that we can win matches,  so this is the thrust going into the second half of the season. What is important is how both sets of players apply themselves on Sunday, I am looking forward to the players applying themselves in the manner that I know they are capable of doing. We believe in our quality and we have trust in our processes, so we are looking forward to it.

There won’t be many changes to the team,” he said. The Caps gaffer also expressed delight at the return to action of Benson Musaka who has not played a part since his switch from Harare City owing to injuries.

“We are happy with the return of Musaka, who didn’t feature in the first half of the season due to injuries. He is back and has shown that he can give us some dimension,” he said.

The last time the  two teams met, Chitembwe watched it from the stands as he prepared to take over the reigns after the club severed ties with Darlington Dodo.

The Green Machine were held to a goalless draw with Godfrey Tamirepi then in charge of the electricity men. So there has been some changes in the technical team for both teams with Chitembwe now back in charge at the Harare giants after leaving Harare City.

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