Zvirekwi out as de­pleted Caps face Hwange

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Paul Mun­dandi

CAPS United will miss the ser­vices of in­flu­en­tial right-back, Hardlife Zvirekwi, when they visit the Col­liery on Sun­day for a tricky as­sign­ment against a plucky Hwange who are usu­ally tough to beat in their back­yard.

Hwange are also eye­ing a top-four fin­ish at the end of the sea­son.

Zvirekwi is sus­pended from Sun­day’s match af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing three yel­low cards.

“I am just one man and if I am not avail­able some­one will fill my po­si­tion,” Zvirekwi said.

“At one point I was in­jured but the team went on to beat Chicken Inn.

“We have enough depth and I feel we will get a pos­i­tive re­sult de­spite my ab­sence. Our team reg­is­tered 30 play­ers and there is enough cover for me.”

Coach Lloyd Chitem­bwe said he was con­cerned that he could carry a de­pleted side to the Col­liery.

CAPS United beat Hwange 1-0 at the Col­liery last sea­son to give Chitem­bwe his first win af­ter his re­turn to take charge of the Green Ma­chine tech­ni­cal de­part­ment.

“I will prob­a­bly miss five key play­ers — Ron­ald (Pfumbidzai) Tafadzwa (Rusike) and Valen­tine (Musarurwa) are all in­jured while Hardlife (Zvirekwi) is sus­pended,” said Chitem­bwe.

“We are go­ing to main­tain the same at­ti­tude. Our fo­cus is to keep on win­ning and col­lect­ing as many points as we can and see what hap­pens at the end of the sea­son.”

Hwange coach Ma­belo Njekwa said his team was in good shape.

“We want to stop CAPS United and this is one match we are treat­ing more se­ri­ously than the other matches we have played,” said the coach.

“We want to go up and we are not far from the lead­ing pack

“We know we will be play­ing the team on sec­ond po­si­tion but we also need max­i­mum points.

“They have been hav­ing the bet­ter of us in the past three sea­sons and this has to stop on Sun­day.”

Hardlife Zvirekwi

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