HARARE – With the epic Harare derby countdown on, CAPS United assistant coach Brenna Msiska has warned his players not to preoccupy themselves with their former teammate Washington Pakamisa, who is now a hit at rivals Dynamos.
The two Harare giants clash at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday, where Pakamisa will face his former club for the first time since he was fired by the Green Machine alongside five other senior players at the beginning of the season.
The bustling forward is the talk of town after taking his Castle Premiership tally to six with a goal in the 2-0 win over Hwange at the weekend to join Chicken Inn’s Tendai Ndoro as the league’s joint top goal scorer.
Msiska is well aware of Pakamisa’s threat but he knows that too much focus on the former Makepekepe skipper will allow his teammates to do serious damage.
“Scoring goals was always expected from Pakamisa and for him it was just a matter of time before he could settle,” Msiska told Daily News yesterday.
“He has everything one would want in a striker. He is a complete player and he was not supposed to have left the club in the first place, but it’s one of those things in football.
“If he can continue scoring those goals, it’s good for him but not against us. We are even happy that as our former player he is scoring but he is not giving us any sleepless nights ahead of the derby on Sunday. We will not focus too much on him, he is not the only player at Dynamos, they have several other good players. It will be fatal to focus only on him.
“We are not worried about anyone, but we are rather focusing on our squad, to rectify the shortcomings that have seen us failing to beat them in the previous years. There will be no special attention for Pakimisa.”
Following his sacking by CAPS, Pakamisa joined Dynamos alongside former CAPS teammate Clive Kawinga.
He initially struggled at Dynamos, failing to score in five games after making late second half appearances.
He opened his account in Dynamos’ 2-0 win over Tripple B, their first full set of points in the season. Buoyed by that, Pakamisa turned on the style in the next games, scoring back-back-back braces in Dynamos’ 2-2 draw with FC Platinum and 3-0 win over Monomotapa.
Meanwhile, on Sunday CAPS needed a Joseph Mutambiranwa second half strike to ensure maximum points against a determined Triangle side at Gibbo Stadium.
Msiska, who is credited for assembling a competitive side in the absence of head coach Taurai Mangwiro, who was serving a ban after being implicated in the Asiagate match-fixing scam, said his team is determined on ending their five-year winless streak against Dynamos, who have won the title for the last two seasons.
The former CAPS United goalkeeper said their win against Triangle, after two straight defeats against Chicken Inn and Shabanie Mine, was the kind of result they needed ahead of the derby showdown.
“It was not easy against Triangle as Gishon Ntini and his players did well, but they were unfortunate after missing so many chances. We got only one chance and we scored and went on to collect the maximum points.”
DeMbare are unbeaten in nine games and are level on 15 points with CAPS United, trailing joint log leaders Highlanders and FC Platinum by five points. – Godknows Matarutse