Caps bat­tle it out with ZDF

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma

CAPS United have a chance to add sil­ver­ware to their tro­phy cabi­net when they face a ZDF Se­lect team in a De­fence Forces Cup fi­nal clash at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium to­day.

Tra­di­tion­ally, the tour­na­ment has been com­pleted by the uni­formed forces’ clubs, with Cha­pungu and Black Rhi­nos of­ten bat­tling for hon­ours.

But last year, Dy­namos were in­vited to take part in the Cup in which they beat the ZDF Se­lect 4-2 on penal­ties to lift the tro­phy. Both teams had ended the match 1-1. This year the or­gan­is­ers have opted for the in-form Harare side Caps United who are cur­rently en­joy­ing their game and are placed sec­ond in the league cham­pi­onship race.

On Satur­day, Caps United were held to a goal­less draw at home by the Pre­mier­ship’s pace­set­ters FC Plat­inum in a game they could have won had Leonard Tsipa not blown a golden chance.

Yes­ter­day, Caps United coach Lloyd Chitem­bwe said they were tak­ing the match se­ri­ously as they seek to main­tain their mo­men­tum.

Ex­pected to be thrown in the fray to­day is goal­keeper Jo­rum Muchambo who has lost his place in the start­ing XI to Ed­more “Zi­keeper” Sibanda

Caps United mid­fielder Arch­ford Gutu, who has been a dis­ap­point­ing shadow of the man who was a mid­field dar­ling in the Dy­namos colours in the 2011 sea­son be­fore leav­ing for Swe­den’s top-flight league, is also likely to fea­ture this af­ter­noon.

Amid high ex­pec­ta­tions when he joined the Green Ma­chine at the start of the sea­son, Gutu has failed to com­mand a reg­u­lar jersey at the club.

Chitem­bwe is also likely to give a run to for­mer Tri­an­gle mid­fielder Cabby Kamhapa and de­fender Carl­ton Mun­z­abwa.

“We are us­ing the same play­ers but we will rest some play­ers and give oth­ers a chance to play.

“We are tak­ing this match se­ri­ously as we are at a stage where we want to keep our mo­men­tum.

“It is good that we would be play­ing in this match and we will give it our best,” said Chitem­bwe.

The Zim­babwe De­fence Forces have ap­pointed for­mer Black Rhi­nos striker Maronga “The Bomber” Nyan­gela to take charge of the Se­lect side.

Yes­ter­day he was con­fi­dent that the best play­ers drawn from the de­fence forces sides — Cha­pungu Black Rhi­nos, Buf­faloes and Ton­gog­ara — will do well against the for­mer league cham­pi­ons.

“We had time to pre­pare as a team. We re­spect Caps United, they are do­ing very well in the Pre­mier­ship but we want to lift the De­fence Forces Cup.

“Caps United should re­ally be at their best if they want to beat us oth­er­wise we are not go­ing to give it to them on a sil­ver plat­ter.

“It is war and we are de­fence forces and we mean busi­ness,” said Nyan­gela.

Cha­pungu’s vet­eran striker Philip Marufu is ex­pected to lead the at­tack of the team which will have other ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers such as the Black Rhi­nos trio of goal­keeper Her­bert Ru­sawo, de­fender Brighton Chan­di­s­aita and Wil­son Chakanyuka.

Nyan­gela said he has com­bined youth and ex­pe­ri­ence in coming up with a balanced squad.

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