By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor
FADING Harare giants, Caps United plunged deeper into trouble after they lost their fourth match in a row following a 1-0 defeat by Chicken Inn at the weekend.
Just mention the name Caps United, and the phrase ‘four in a row’, one would be tempted to think it is four wins in a row, but alas its four defeats in a row.
How Caps United have gone on downward spiral so dramatically for a club that nearly won the league title in 2019, only to lose it on the final day is so alarming.
The Harare giants are now known for hoarding players and releasing then enmasse, while financial problems and player revolts have become the order of the day.
At some point the CAPS United executive spoke of a commercialisation drive with an emphasis on recruiting younger players with a good sell on value, and the club seemed to be on the right direction when former coach, Darlington Dodo assembled a young squad.
But when results did not come. they fired the Coach and the return of Lloyd Chitembwe saw CAPS United going for experience, but the results have been disastrous.
Chitembwe has been in charge for 14 matches winning just four and losing six including a 6-2 drubbing by Manica Diamonds with the rest being draws.
CAPS United have also gone on a poor run where they have lost four successive matches losing to Triangle, Cranborne Bullets, FC Platinum and Chicken Inn.
Chitembwe’s four wins have come against minnows Bulawayo City, Yadah, Herentals and Whawha.
Makepekepe have only managed one win against a team in the top 10 and that is Herentals who are currently eighth.
Despite a disastrous spell, Chitembwe is still putting on a brave face.
“We can still turn things around that is my duty as a coach to motivate these guys and get the best results, we have young stars, but we will keep working,” he said.
Their latest defeat left the Green Machine12th with 17 points, while their opponents Chicken Inn moved to the top of the log standings with 31 points, a point above second placed Dynamos whose match against Highlanders was abandoned with Bosso leading 1-0.
Triangle returned to third position after thumping Cranborne Bullets 5-2 at Gibbo Stadium, while FC Platinum slotted back to fourth after temporally moving a place up following a 2-0 victory over Yadah on Friday.
Whawha, Bulawayo City, ZPC Kariba and Tenax occupy the bottom four positions.