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CAPS cautious ahead of Black Rhinos encounter

CAPS cautious ahead of Black Rhinos encounter

Story by Raynald Ngwarati

FADING giants CAPS United are taking a cautious approach ahead of their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League encounter against bottom-placed Black Rhinos at Bata Stadium in Gweru on Sunday.

Not far from the relegation zone, CAPS United are eyeing a turn-around of fortunes after losing two matches and drawing one in the second half of the season.

In their quest for redemption, CAPS face a wounded Black Rhinos side, who occupy the bottom spot on the log standings but have since shown signs of recovery.

The Green Machine are aware of the task that lies ahead when they host Chauya Chipembere at Bata Stadium in Gweru on Sunday.

CAPS United assistant coach Tostao Kwashi said, “Rhinos is going to be a tough game, probably maybe the toughest game we’re going to have this year because these guys are at the bottom of the league. They need points, they’re fighting for their lives, they’ve got so much motivation, especially after getting a win last week, but we are also motivated.”

CAPS United is still solace in that they are within touching distance of the leading pack.

He also added, “Winners never quit, quitters never win. Mathematically we’re still in the race. No one has won the league. Last week Highlanders lost, and the game was cut so the race is still on, but like I said we’re not putting ourselves under too much pressure. What we need to do is start game by game, there are 14 games left that’s a total of how many points? 42 points that’s a lot of points at stake.”

“What we want now is for the team to turn the points in our favor and start winning the games like playing against Rhinos we know it’s very difficult but these are games we’re expected to win,” said CAPS United captain, Tonderai Mateyaunga.

CAPS United midfielder Rodwell Chinyengetere said, “We are doing much on the boys. We’re encouraging each other taking every risk into our hands, We haven’t been doing well but it’s high time now we should turn the tables.”

Matchday 21 kicks off Saturday with defending champions FC Platinum vising Luveve Stadium to face Bulawayo Chiefs, Sheesham host Hwange at Bata Stadium with Yadah travelling to Mhondoro Ngezi for a date with Simba Bhora at Baobab.

Second from bottom Cranborne Bullets host Dynamos at Nyamhunga, Herentals face Ngezi Platinum at Mandava with Gibbo hosting the Manicaland derby pitting Manica Diamonds and Green Fuel.

Sunday carries the game of the weekend with a Bulawayo derby featuring log leaders Highlanders and 2015 champions Chicken Inn at Barbourfields, while Triangle and ZPC Kariba clash at Gibbo.

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