CAPS United will go into the latest battle for the Harare derby bragging rights against old rivals Dynamos which the Green Machine need to win at Rufaro on Sunday to enhance their chances of getting a top-four finish this season. Makepekepe need to give their campaign a boost after suffering a mid-season stall which saw them falling five points behind the top four.
CAPS United lie in fifth place but they have a game in hand after their clash against Dynamos was postponed two months ago to pave way for the President’s Cup.
The invitational contest was held as part of the celebrations to mark the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and it featured Dynamos against Highlanders. The Premier Soccer League announced the match will be played during the FIFA break this weekend.
And CAPS United, on 44 points, have a chance to close in on the gap between fourth-placed Triangle and them.
Makepekepe have won the last two derby meetings by identical 1-0 margins. But they have been going through a lean spell of late, which includes a win-less run of three games in the championship marathon.
Their coach Lloyd Chitembwe has since revised their targets for the season. CAPS United, just like the other traditional giants Dynamos and Highlanders, have since fallen out of the championship puzzle which has become a two-horse race featuring champions FC Platinum and ambitious Ngezi Platinum.
They halted their winless run by beating Chapungu 4-3 after a penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals of the Chibuku Super Cup at Ascot last Saturday.
The Harare derby is likely to be low key especially coming at a time both giants have been struggling to get good results on the pitch.
Denver Mukamba’’s solitary strike decided the first leg when he was still on loan at CAPS United.
The wayward midfielder is now back at Dynamos but his availability for the weekend clash remains shrouded in mystery after he went AWOL again last week.
DeMbare are currently fighting to survive relegation and they have not won a match in their last five league outings.
That poor run cost Lloyd Mutasa the his job with juniors mentor Lloyd Chigowe and his assistant Murape Murape being elevated to take charge of the senior team.
Chigowe and Murape begun their tenure with a 2-0 defeat at FC Platinum, which plunged the giants deeper into the relegation puzzle. DeMbare are fourth from the table on the log standings with 31 points from 28 starts.
They need to start picking up points but there have been worries over their poor finishing.
DeMbare’s attack has not scored a goal in 450 minutes of league football.
Re-arranged PSL Fixtures
Saturday: Black Rhinos v Harare City (NSS)
Sunday: Shabanie Mine v Highlanders (Maglas), Dynamos v CAPS United (Rufaro)