Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter
CAPS United, currently in Mozambique for a pre-season tour, are happy with the way the team is shaping up ahead of the new season. This afternoon Makepekepe will play their third match in Chimoio against either Chingale de tete or Text Pungwe.
Yesterday it was not yet clear which team they would face first before they wind up their tour with another game on Sunday.
The club’s first match was against Textafrica in Beira and they settled for a 1-1 draw.
They turned on the heat in the game against Esterella de Beira, winning 3-0.
CAPS United skipper Moses Muchenje, Archford Gutu and Dominic Chungwa scored for Makepekepe.
Team manager Shakespeare Chinogwenya, speaking from Chimoio where the team is now holding a training camp before they return home on Monday, said their side was beginning to take shape.
“There is progress in terms of the team’s performance and fitness levels since we arrived here and in our first game fatigue affected us as we had just arrived after a road trip.
“But in the second match the players applied themselves well.
“The coaches have rotated the players in the opening two matches with everyone getting game time and everything is taking shape,” said Chinogwenya.
The manager said the new players were fitting in with the whole squad and the team now has some rhythm.
“Most of the guys have gelled with the type of play at the club and they are clicking.
“A player like Archie now appears to have been with the club for a long time.
“He has settled in well and even scored a good goal when we beat Estrella.
“Abbas Amidu is also coming up and started in the second match.
“Match fitness has been a great concern for him, but he is improving,” he said.
CAPS United gaffer Lloyd Chitembwe said the tour has got more to do with the bonding of the players.
The club have brought in new faces such as Allen Gahadzikwa, Devon Chafa, Abbas Amidu, Tafadzwa Rusike, Dennis Dauda and Cabby Kamhapa.
The club also reunited with former players Ronald Pfumbidzayi and goalkeeper Edmore “Zikeeper” Sibanda.
Former CAPS United Method Mwanjali and Stephen Makatuka are likely to play in the heart of defence today, while Pfumbidzai while operate from the left-back and Zvikomborero Biseki on the right.
CAPS United last won the league title in 2005.