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Harare derby: Makatuka confident of completing double over DeMbare

12/10/2016 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
 
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CAPS United vice- captain Stephen Makatuka is confident of completing the double over bitter rivals Dynamos in the Harare derby at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The United defender missed the trip to Dulivadzimu on Sunday through suspension but Caps went on to beat Border Strikers 3-1 and shoot to the summit of the league table with 53 points, two clear of second-placed FC Platinum with Highlanders in third place on 50 points.

Last weekend’s results have seen the championship race being whittled down to a three-horse race and Caps United will be looking to collect maximum points to consolidate their lead at the top ahead of the remaining four matches of the campaign.

"I am happy to be back. The most important thing is that the team won. We fight as a team and on Sunday we need to stay focused throughout the match,” said Makatuka.

“It will not be easy because Dynamos will be seeking revenge but we are in top form and we are looking to collect all points like we did in our first meeting.”

Caps United assistant coach Fungai Tostao Kwashi said Makatuka’s return was welcome and described him as a quality player who works hard for the team and deserves to play for a club abroad.

“Stavo is big game player, national team player. He is top quality and will get a move abroad because he works hard for the team,” said Kwashi.

He also spoke of the country’s leading top goal scorer Leonard Tsipa and Phineas Bhamusi one of the most speed winger in the league who will miss the Harare derby due to suspension.

Kwashi said Caps United had depth and quality, adding that the absence of the duo would also open a window of opportunity for somebody to shine.

Key players still missing

“We will miss Bhamusi and Lenso but it’s part and parcel of the game. We have been missing key players weekly, last week it was Stavo so we have enough ammunition.

“We can’t mourn over that because it’s a door for someone to be a hero. It could be Amon Kambanje or Kudzi Nyamupfukudza, anyone given that shirt should shine for the team,” said Kwashi.

Caps United are unbeaten in the past five matches in which they have one four and drawn one while Dynamos have suffered two defeats against Highlanders and FC Platinum, won two and drawn one.



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But Kwashi said league form doesn’t count in derbies. He said the Harare derby would be like a cup final.

“League form does not count. It’s like a cup final, knock out contest and the guys are prepared to die on the pitch,’ he said.

“God is with us, then who can be against us? We are conquerors through Christ.”

United will be looking to complete a double over the Glamour Boys after they edged them 1-0 in the reverse fixture.





 
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