Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter
CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe says tomorrow’s match against Bulawayo City at Barbourfields is a tough assignment, but he is confident his men will get the victory they badly need to keep their quest for the league title alive. The Green Machine drew with Hwange at the Colliery following turmoil in their camp after they were forced to travel late for the fixture.
CAPS will be without the suspended Dominic Chungwa. Former Ajax Cape Town midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike and Ronald Pfumbidzai are also likely to miss the tie. Rusike is not fully fit while Pfumbidzai is still nursing an injury.
“It will be a very difficult game but all the same we expect to do well. For us the approach is just the same as the other games but at the same time we want to get a result. They are a good team and have proved they can compete. For a team that have been promoted this season, they have done very well,” said Chitembwe.
He said Chungwa’s absence will be felt by his men. “When he is there, people don’t see his importance but he has always been a special player,” said Chitembwe. Chitembwe welcomes back veteran striker Leonard Tsipa, who missed the team’s last three matches through suspension and injury.
Bulawayo City coach Try Ncube has warned CAPS United they should expect a very tough duel. “The result we want is a win. We respect CAPS United but we want three points. We are fighting for three points and CAPS United are not an exception. “We have to soak pressure, we know they will come to us and we will try to hit them on the counter.
“In our last match against Dynamos, we wanted three points but unfortunately we had a goal disallowed,” said Ncube.
Bulawayo City will be without the duo of Emmanuel Mandiranga and Sipho Ndlovu, who are serving a one-match suspension after accumulating three cards. But they will welcome back skipper Xolisani Moyo, who was on suspension last week. The team is not short on experience as they have in their ranks defenders Nyasha Mukumbi and Morris Kadzola and former Highlanders forward Mkhokheli Dube.
Meanwhile, Alois Bunjira has left the CAPS United board of directors. “Before we start hearing wrong information, let me take this opportunity to let you know that I have resigned from CAPS United,” Bunjira said in a statement.
“I have resigned so that I can pursue my passion of coaching and also run my Albun Soccer Academy. I have had a great time at CAPS United but I felt I am more at home on the playing field than in the office at the moment.
“Maybe, I will consider administration again in the near future, but for now I want to concentrate on my coaching and hope to groom a lot of good players from my academy. I remain a passionate member of the CAPS United family.
“The team is in a great position to win the league this season and I wish my great friend Lloyd Chitembwe all the best. “I will still be available whenever I am needed to help here and there.
“I had a great working relationship with the shareholders and the board. The great relationship remains and I know together they will steer the club to great heights. “It is just a matter of time. I truly enjoyed my time in the CAPS United board.”
Today: ZPC Kariba v Highlanders (Nyamhunga), How Mine v Chapungu (Luveve), Mutare City v Hwange (Sakubva).
Sunday: Dynamos v Harare City (Rufaro), Bulawayo City v CAPS United (Barbourfields), Border Strikers v Ngezi (Dulivadzimu), Chicken Inn v Tsholotsho (Luveve), Triangle v FC Platinum (Gibbo).