HARARE – Defiant CAPS United assistant coach Saul Chaminuka insists his side’s league and cup double dream is still far from over, but has accepted they are facing the most crucial period of their campaign.
The Green Machine are six points behind log leaders and bitter rivals Dynamos in the championship race. A spell of bad results, in the last four matches, has seen them lose the ground in the title race.
Makepekepe, who are also in the semi-finals of the country’s richest knockout tournament the Mbada Diamonds Cup, face Buffaloes on Sunday at Sakubva Stadium hoping to secure a win that will give them vital momentum in this final phase of the season.
With four matches before the season ends, Chaminuka feels they are still in with a chance to win the title but emphasised the need to concentrate on picking points in the remaining fixtures.
“Mathematically we are still in with a chance. There is going to be a lot of twist and turns along the way,” Chaminuka told Daily News.
“Momentum will be key for all our remaining fixtures. It is important that we get ourselves in a real positive place. There is still 12 points to play for and anything can happen.
“What’s important for us is to keep picking up maximum points. This is the most crucial stage in our campaign and we have to adopt the right attitude. There is going to be a lot of twist and turns but we need to be at the right place.
“In the Mbada Diamonds Cup we hold our own fate. We need to stay focused and know what we want. The good thing is that the boys are motivated and a double is still possible.”
Chaminuka who will be facing his former pay masters for the first time since joining CAPS United mid-season, says he is happy to return to Mutare.
While at Buffaloes Chaminuka led the army side to a 1-0 win against the Green Machine in the first fixture at Gwanzura Stadium in April.
“I am happy to be back at Sakubva. I have a lot of memories there. I love the people and the pitch. There are no emotions attached facing my former team,” he said.
“This is now a different match all together. We are hoping to do well and collect maximum points. Buffaloes are doing well and we are not taking them lightly. They have improved a lot and beat any opponents on their day.
“But we are happy morale is high in the camp. The boys are looking forward to the match. We are prepared and we will look at the final team tomorrow,” added Chaminuka.
After playing Buffaloes on Sunday, CAPS’s remaining matches will be against Black Rhinos, Motor Action and Harare City who are also in the reckoning for the championship.