HARARE – CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe says he will miss the services of his star players Ronald Pfumbidzayi and Hardlife Zvirekwi who are away with the Warriors for the Cosafa Castle Cup, which gets underway tomorrow in Namibia.
The Castle Lager Premiership returns this weekend following a one-week break that paved way for the national team’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Malawi last weekend.
The Warriors went on to seal their qualification for 2017 Afcon to be held in Gabon with a convincing 3-0 win.
CAPS, who are enjoying one of their best starts to the season in many years, host tricky Triangle on Sunday hoping to carry on from where they left in their last match where they beat reigning champions Chicken Inn 1-2 at Barbourfields Stadium.
Addressing journalists at a press conference yesterday, Chitembwe said while he will miss the services of his two full backs, he hopes his charges, who were in good form before the break, will continue with their good run.
“I don’t think the break will affect out rhythm. We have to look at the positives from the break. I think it was a good thing to have that break,” Chitembwe said. “The good thing is not even one team was playing so we are happy with that.
“We are expecting a difficult match. Triangle has been doing well in recent weeks and we expect a game that will be technically and tactically difficult. But we will try and get a positive result. There is no doubt that they will not make it easy for us.
“The reality is we will miss them (Pfumbidzayi and Zvirekwi) because if they are important for the nation then they are equally important for us. But at the end of the day, we just have to do what we are supposed to do which is doing our job.
“We just hope that those who will be given the opportunity on Sunday will do justice and prove the reason why they are in the team.”
Chitembwe, however, revealed that midfielders Moses Muchenje, Archieford Gutu and Tafadzwa Rusike, who were nursing injuries, will not be available for Sunday’s match.
“Gutu and Rusike have improved in their recovery but they will not be available for selection for this match. The same thing applies to Muchenje,” Chitembwe said.
Chitembwe also took time to shower praises on Zvirekwi for the role he played in the Warriors’ qualification for the Afcon finals.
“Personally, I have always believed in Zvirekwi. He has showed terrific desire to want to succeed,” Chitemnbwe said.
“The things that you saw on Sunday are probably half of what he offers at training. He deserves good things and we only wish him well. There is greatness in him and he deserves to play at the highest level.”
In other matches set for this weekend high-riding FC Platinum welcome ZPC Kariba at Mandava Stadium tomorrow, with struggling Harare giants Dynamos travel to Ascot Stadium for a date against unpredictable Chapungu. Tsholotsho complete tomorrow’s round of fixtures with a date against How Mine at White City.
The match Highlanders and Border Strikers was called all due to Bosso players involvement with the various national teams.
Chicken Inn’s encounter against Hwange also suffered a similar fate.
Tomorrow: FC Platinum v ZPC Kariba (Mandava Stadium), Tsholotsho v How Mine (White City Stadium), Chapungu v Dynamos (Ascot Stadium)
Sunday: Mutare City v Bulawayo City (Sakubva Stadium), CAPS United v Triangle (National Sports Stadium), Ngezi Platinum v Harare City (Baobab)