|Gizha warns CAPS Utd|
|Friday, 01 April 2011 22:09|
FORMER CAPS United coach Gishon "Gizha" Ntini says the Green Machine should not expect any favours from him when he leads Shooting Stars in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie at Rufaro tomorrow.
Ntini learnt the ropes as a juniors' coach at CAPS United before serving as an assistant coach to Charles Mhlauri in the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
He was elevated to head the technical department in 2006 but never lasted the distance.
Gizha had coaching stints in Botswana and has had an on-and-off relationship with the Wild Boys, his current station.
"I was at CAPS before but I have a job to do (at Shooting Stars).
"So I do not think I should be doing them any favours," said Ntini.
Ntini saw his charges lose 2-0 to the expensively assembled FC Platinum last week but hopes they will come right against the Green Machine, which beat Premiership returnees Zimbabwe Saints 5-3 in the most entertaining opening match of the season.
"I think our guys played well but I felt we were let down by the referee in the second half.
"We were coming back into the game but the referee turned the match upside down.
"He gave a questionable penalty and that was where the problems started for us.
"In the end the referee became the man-of-the-match and it's not good when we have a corporate sponsor. I am not saying that we should not lose but it has to be fair," said Ntini.
Ntini was disappointed the last time that Shooting Stars faced CAPS United.
In the first round of league action, Clive Kawinga's solitary strike gave CAPS the advantage while in the reverse fixture it was Kawinga, Edmore Sibanda and Pride Tafirenyika who floored the Wild Boys.
With CAPS United having the bragging rights, Ntini is still concerned about the possibility of another beating at the hands of Makepekepe.
"It will be a tough game but there is nothing we can do because we just have to play them at some time.
"I treat them with respect but we are playing to get a good result," said Ntini.
Shooting Stars are hoping player assistant/coach Elliot Matsika will have fully recovered from his slight knock to control the game in midfield.
They will also hope that Tofireyi Sambo, who has a knack of raising his game against the heavyweights, will come to the party against CAPS United.
Shooting Stars also have Charles Mutero, Maxwell Karimanzira and goalkeeper Pedzisai Gumiremhete to count on.
The side also has two former CAPS United players - Gift Karimupfumbi and Massett Zengeni - who could play if they are fit.
But Shooting Stars will be without their assistant coach Lazarus Magaya who quit the club yesterday.
Magaya, who had joined the club in October last year and worked with Rodwell Dhlakama, revealed that he will no longer be attached to the club as he calculates his next move.
CAPS United are coming into the game buoyed by the win over Saints and assistant coach Brenna Msiska said they were ready for the tricky opponents.
"For now I think we are okay with our preparedness for the game.
"We have a few players with knocks but at the same time there are ample replacements," said the former CAPS United goalkeeper Msiska.
CAPS United head coach Moses Chunga was the victim of abuse from a section the clubs' fans last Saturday but Msiska called for patience and tolerance.
"We urge our supporters to be patient.
"At the same time we also want them to come in their numbers to support the team," said Msiska.
Defender Douglas Walaza is doubtful for the game.
CAPS boosted their side by acquiring former Monomotapa defender Lucky Simango while the duo of David Rediyoni and Tapiwa Mangezi joined from Gunners.
CAPS also have Tafirenyika, a former Shooting Stars talisman, and bully defensive linkman Stephen Alimenda to help them dominate the midfield.
In the other Castle Premiership games today, giant-killers Kiglon face Saints in Bulawayo.
Kiglon are bubbling with confidence after their 1-0 win over Harare giants Dynamos.
Blue Ribbon Stars host Black Mambas at Gwanzura.
Action in the league gets underway today with champions Motor Action facing Gunners at Lafarge in Manressa.
The Mighty Bulls beat Mambas 2-0 while Gunners won a point against Hwange at the Colliery.
Highlanders, who beat Shabanie 3-0, have a date against Monomotapa at Rufaro this afternoon, hoping to keep their good start intact.
Today: Gunners v Motor Action (Lafarge), Monomotapa v Highlanders (Rufaro)
Tomorrow: Masvingo v Hwange (Mucheke), Shabanie v Chicken Inn (Maglas), Zim Saints v Kiglon (BF), Shooting Stars v CAPS United (Rufaro), Blue Ribbon v Black Mambas (Gwanzura)
Thursday: Dynamos v FC Platinum (Rufaro)