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Hard to please bunch ... Caps United supporters not very impressed with their coach

25/09/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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HARARE giants Caps United will be seeking to right the wrongs after a stumble in their recent two matches as they make the trip to relegation-threatened Black Rhinos for a Castle Lager Premiership tie on Saturday.

United’s dressing room was left depressed and licking wounds after missing a glut of chances at home to enable a spirited How Mine to steal a point following a 0-0 draw at Rufaro last Sunday.

It was their second successive draw after they had been held to another 0-0 draw by bottom side Bantu Rovers in the previous league encounter.

The Rovers draw left them stuck on fourth position on the league table with 39 points — after failing to take the opportunity to close in on log leaders Dynamos and championship rivals Highlanders and ZPC Kariba.

Dynamos had been held to a 0-0 draw by FC Platinum on Saturday with Highlanders suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to an improving Harare City to surrender third place to ZPC Kariba who overcame Black Rhinos 2-1 in another league clash.

Dynamos though maintained their position on top of the league table with 43 points while ZPC Kariba are in second position with 41 points with seven matches left before the end of the campaign. Highlanders are in third place with 39 points because of a superior goal difference against Caps United.

The Green Machine have been found wanting in front of goal in their recent matches and the latest 0-0 draw against How Mine gave their critics ammunition with a section of the team supporters taking matters into their own hands at the final whistle.

The disgruntled lot threw missiles into the field in frustration and also hurled insults at coach Taurai Mangwiro, accusing him of failure and sabotage.

We will come good in the remaining seven games ... Taurai Mangwiro

Mangwiro however, believes that, with seven games left in the campaign, they can bounce back to mount a serious challenge on the championship.

“It was disappointing to draw against How Mine because we had clear opportunities,” he said.

“We were doing some things hurriedly and failed to find the net. We have not conceded in our last five matches but the finishing has been letting us down - I hope we can make up lost ground.


“It will not be easy against Black Rhinos though but with seven games left in the season we need to continue fighting.

“We still have a good chance like the other teams. What is needed is unity even when things are not going our way.”

However, Black Rhinos who are in fourth position from the bottom with just 27 points - one ahead of Shabanie Mine - know a victory over Makepekepe will lift them from the mud.

They have been doing very well since Joestein Mathuthu took over and any team that underestimates them will be doing so at their own peril.


Saturday: How Mine v Chicken Inn (Hartsfield), FC Platinum v Buffaloes (Mandava), Chapungu v Chiredzi (Ascot), Black Rhinos v Caps United (Rimuka, 1400hrs, SS9)

Sunday: Dynamos v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro, SS9), Triangle United v Harare City (Gibbo), Highlanders v ZPC Kariba (Hartsfield)

Monday: Bantu Rovers v Hwange (Hartsfield)

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