2019 pain driving CAPS . . .Mateyaunga wants to challenge FC Platinum 

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THE disappointment of losing the 2019 Castle Lager Premiership title in the last two games of the season still hurts CAPS United goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga.
Makepekepe were overwhelming favourites to land their sixth league title but defeats to Ngezi Platinum Stars and eventual champions FC Platinum in the last two games blew their dreams.
In the end, even a second place finish was not possible as the Green Machine was relegated to third place; talk about a anti-climax to a season that had promised so much.
“It was a big disappointment to lose the title in the manner we did last season. However, in football you have to move on and accept that there can only be three results, you win lose or draw,” Mateyaunga told the Daily News on Sunday last week.
“I have realised that it was not meant to be. It was just not our year.  Because if it was meant to be, even on a bad day, we could have won those last two matches like what was happening previously when we were grinding results when we didn’t play particularly well.”
At the start of the 2020 preseason, Makepekepe off-loaded a sizable number of players from last season including captain Hardlife Zvirekwi and midfielder Dominic Mukandi.
It was a total disintegration of the 2019 squad with only Mateyaunga, Kelvin Ndebele, Spencer Masunda, John Zhuwawu, Newman Sianchali, Blessing Sarupinda, Valentine Musarurwa and Ronald Chitiyo among the survivors.
So far the club has brought in at least 21 new faces as coach Darlington Dodo’s team has completely been revamped.

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“It obviously feels bad to lose most of the teammates that you had gotten used to play with but that’s how football works,” Mateyaunga said.
“Players come and go, you just have to make the most of the little time you have to get used to the new teammates that are coming.”
After arriving from Dynamos last season, Mateyaunga found himself as the third choice at CAPS behind Prosper Chigumba and Criss Mverechena.
However, he worked hard to establish himself as the United first choice.
By the time the season finished, Mateyaunga was undoubtedly Makepekepe’s leading goalkeeper.
This season, he has to contend for a starting spot with new arrivals Wallace Magalane from FC Platinum and Tatenda Munditi from Ngezi Platinum Stars.
“There is going to be a lot of competition for the number 1 jersey and it’s something that I appreciate because that competition will push me to become a better player,” Mateyaunga said.
“What we need is unity in the goalkeeping department. With other two guys Prosper and Criss, we worked all together last season pushing each other no matter who was playing at the time.
“I waited for my time last season, there are always three goalkeepers at any given time but only one can play. The coaches will always have their grading in terms of the first choice, second choice and the third.
“What is key is to train to the best of your ability and be prepared to play when your time comes.”
With all the new players coming in, there is an air of expectation around Makepekepe with fans expecting nothing less than the title.
Mateyaunga is however, fully aware of the huge task that lies ahead as they have to wrestle the championship away from Pure Platinum Play, who have won the last three titles.
“We will do our best and I have no doubt that if we work hard we will be able to challenge for the title.
“They remunerate their players handsomely compared to the rest of the league. However, that does not mean we cannot beat them to the title.
“Last year showed that we can compete, although money is a big motivator, winning titles is also a big deal. With the right attitude and desire to win the title, we can be real contenders again.”

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