HARARE – CAPS United assistant coach Brenna Msiska feels his team’s next two matches will determine whether the Green Machine can force their way into contention for the 2013 Castle Premiership title.
The Premiership reached its half way mark last month with Makepekepe defeating log leaders Highlanders 2-1 at the National Sports Stadium to move within three points of the Bulawayo giants.
Makepekepe travel to Bulawayo this weekend for the reverse fixture as league action resumes following the BancABC Sup8r quarterfinals.
The Harare side is high on confidence heading into Sunday’s match owing to Bosso’s poor form in recent weeks.
Kelvin Kaindu’s men have failed to win their last two league matches and last Saturday they were knocked out of the Sup8r competition after going down 3-1 on penalties to FC Platinum.
“There are no clear title favourites so far. And as for us our chances lie on how we perform in our next two matches,” Msiska told the Daily News on Tuesday.
“We are looking at improving from our last performance.
“If we win against Highlanders in Bulawayo then we can say we are back in the title chase.
“Highlanders are a wounded lion and they will be tricky especially given that they are playing in front of their own supporters.
Msiska added: “We need to focus on the game without looking at what is going on at other clubs.
“We don’t want to put ourselves under unnecessary pressure. We should stick to our game plan.
“There is still some room for improvement in our team. We have a youthful squad and some of the youngsters are still learning Premiership trends.”
Bosso are desperate to get back to winning ways following the recent poor performances which have greatly hampered their prospects of their first championship since 2006.
Kaindu is feeling the heat and is aware of the need to start picking up maximum points to please the demanding Bosso fans.
On Friday, Chicken Inn and Shabanie Mine will lock horns at Luveve Stadium in what promises to be a thriller.
The Gamecocks positioned themselves well for the championship fight after leaping to second place on the table following a 2-1 victory over Shabanie in their last match.
A win or a draw on Friday means that Mandla Mpofu’s men will enter the weekend in pole position on the log as they are currently tied on 29 points with Highlanders. The Bulawayo side have struck the right chord at the right time and cannot be ignored in the title race after showing their pedigree.
The Gamecocks are currently on a seven-match unbeaten run in the league which has been propelled by the form of their forward Tendai Ndoro, who is the Premiership’s leading scorer with 10 goals.
It will be interesting to see how the Gamecoks respond to their elimination from Sup8r Cup at the hands of the Chinda Boys.
Friday: Chicken Inn v Shabanie Mine (Luveve)
Saturday: Black Mambas v Triangle (Morris Depot), How Mine v Dynamos (Luveve), Harare City v Hwange (Rufaro)
Sunday: Buffaloes v Tripple B (Sakubva), Black Rhinos v FC Platinum (Rimuka), Motor Action v Monomotapa (Motor Action Sports Club), Highlanders v CAPS United (Barbourfields)