HARARE – Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro believes his team needs two more wins to make their Castle Premiership status safe for next season.
The ailing Harare giants find themselves just seven points above the relegation zone with only five games to go before the season ends.
Mangwiro was speaking after watching his team squander numerous chances in the 0-0 draw with high-flying Monomotapa at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
“We don’t want to wait until the last three matches and start to work on the permutations. We would want to finish our job on our own,” said Mangwiro.
“We are nearly getting there and if we can get two successive wins it would mean that in the last three matches we are not under any pressure.
“I think we have consolidated our position on the log.”
Makepekepe still have to play Gunners, Harare City, Motor Action, Chicken Inn and Shabanie to conclude their 2012 campaign.
They are also still active in the Mbada Diamonds Cup and are scheduled to meet Buffaloes in the quarterfinals in two weeks’ time.
Mangwiro has been able to stem the Makepekepe slump that characterised Sean Connor’s reign at the club.
In nine league matches Mangwiro has taken charge of, United have been able to collect 12 points which have nudged them closer to safety.
“We are heading in the right direction and if we can maximise and we need collect maximum points in next assignments,” he said.
“Monomotapa are always a tricky customer for CAPS but next up is Gunners another passing team and the game plan will have to be the same.
“If you allow them to play, you will do so to your own peril but I’m looking forward to collecting maximum points.”
Mangwiro spent the last three years at Monomotapa and on Sunday it was the first time to cross paths with his former paymaster following his exit from the club in mid-season.
“Obviously it was an emotional for me because I put so much effort to assemble that team,” Mangwiro said.
“I’m obviously glad there has been continuity from the guys I left behind, Nzou (Biggie Zuze), Nkulu (Dhlamini) and (George (Jojo) have done a fantastic job.
“I’m happy that the project is coming to fruition and I would like to wish the youngsters for a successful future in their careers.”
The 2008 champions have had a fabulous season thus far and sit in third place on the log – 14 points behind log leaders Dynamos.
With 15 points to play for before the season ends, Monomotapa are still hoping for a miracle to help them reduce Dembare and second-placed Bosso’s lead.
“Anything can happen in football. There are still five games to go before the season ends and that’s 15 points to play for,” Zuze said after the match.