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‘Caps have to be cham­pi­ons‘

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CAPS United skip­per Moses Muchenje has called for a united front from the Green Ma­chine as they try to clear one of their tough­est hur­dles on Sun­day in their quest to win the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship ti­tle for the first time in 11 years.

Muchenje yes­ter­day said they need to sing from the same hymn book— from the ex­ec­u­tive right up to the sup­port­ers — so that they avoid any slip-ups.

The Green Ma­chine host Dy­namos in the lat­est Harare Derby at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium on Sun­day.

“This is the time we need each other the most, the sup­port­ers, the ex­ec­u­tive and even the play­ers and con­cen­tra­tion is im­por­tant at this stage so that we don’t have any slip-ups or any other dis­tur­bances,” said Muchenje.

“From the pre-sea­son in Mozam­bique, it was one of the ob­jec­tives to get the cham­pi­onship and I am happy we are now at the top and we are look­ing for­ward to win­ning it.

“It was dif­fi­cult, we had some games which we nearly failed to ful­fil but we told our­selves that we have to be cham­pi­ons no mat­ter how hard it is and I am happy we are on top of the league.”

He said they need to beat DeMbare on Sun­day.

“The fact that we are now in the driv­ing seat and at the top, we don’t want to lose points and we are hop­ing for the best,” said Muchenje.

“Our team is a great team. We have a good squad, I think we will come good on Sun­day.”

Although Caps United will be without the duo of Leonard Tsipa and Phineas Ba­musi fol­low­ing their sus­pen­sions, they have been boosted by goal­keeper Ed­more “Zi­keeper” Sibanda’s re­turn to train­ing.

His last match was a Chibuku Su­per Cup first round match against Tsholot­sho.

Vice-skip­per Stephen Makatuka also back while ex­cit­ing mid­fielder Tafadzwa Rusike, who re­turned to action last weekend and capped his cameo ap­pear­ance with a goal at Dulivhadz­imu, is rel­ish­ing play­ing in the Derby.

Rusike missed the re­verse fix­ture through in­jury.

The former Dy­namos mid­fielder said he is itch­ing to re­claim his place in the first team.

“I wasn’t happy to be on the side­lines but I am happy now and try­ing to get back into the first 11. In the last match, I played 20 min­utes. It wasn’t bad, I played very well.

“Even in train­ing, I am do­ing very well and no longer feel­ing any pain.

“It is not go­ing to be easy, it is a derby, a big game. Peo­ple are say­ing Dy­namos are not do­ing very well but I don’t be­lieve that, to us they re­main Dy­namos and dan­ger­ous.

“But we are not con­cen­trat­ing on them and we are work­ing on our­selves and try win the game,” said Rusike.

The former Ajax Cape Town mid­fielder doesn’t be­lieve there would be any added pres­sure on them go­ing into the match a day af­ter ri­vals FC Plat­inum would have played.

“We don’t have pres­sure and we are not look­ing at what our op­po­nents are do­ing, if we win our games, we will win the league,” said Rusike.

Caps United have hiked the gate charges for the Derby with the cheap­est ticket go­ing for $5, while the up­per grand stand will be $10 and VIP guests will have to fork out $15. HIGH­LANDERS will ap­peal the Pre­mier Soc­cer League’s de­ci­sion con­demn­ing the ti­tle-chas­ing Bu­l­awayo side to play in an empty sta­dium as pun­ish­ment for crowd trou­ble that marred their home game against Chicken Inn at Bar­bour­fields Sta­dium in Au­gust.

The match ended 1-1, al­beit in con­tro­ver­sial cir­cum­stances sparked by a ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sion that torched ugly scenes of vi­o­lence, with hooli­gans from the Soweto end of the sta­dium in­vad­ing the pitch and en­gag­ing in run­ning bat­tles with the po­lice.

In a ver­dict re­leased yes­ter­day, the PSL’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee or­dered High­landers to play their next game, which hap­pens to be Sun­day’s derby against Bu­l­awayo City, in an empty sta­dium.

It also slapped Bosso with a $3 500, of which $1 500 was sus­pended for the rest of the sea­son on con­di­tion that the club is not found guilty of a sim­i­lar of­fence. High­landers have to pay $2 000 as well as the costs of the hear­ing by Novem­ber 30.

The pros­e­cu­tor sub­mit­ted that High­landers con­tra­vened the PSL’s rules and reg­u­la­tions, and the club’s ar­gu­ments were mit­i­ga­tory.

The dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee con­demned acts of vi­o­lence and ruled as fol­lows: “.... High­landers is or­dered to pay a fine of $ 3 500; $1 500 is sus­pended for the rest of the sea­son on con­di­tion that the club is not con­victed of a sim­i­lar of­fence. The ef­fec­tive fine of $2 000 to­gether with the costs of the hear­ing to be paid by 30 Novem­ber 2016. High­landers to fur­ther play their next PSL of­fi­cially sanc­tioned home ground game in an empty sta­dium.”

High­landers’ chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede called on the club’s sup­port­ers to come in their num­bers for Sun­day’s en­counter, say­ing they are in the process of ap­peal­ing against the judg­ment.

“We’re ap­peal­ing against the de­ci­sion passed and once we’ve lodged an ap­peal its back to the sta­tus quo. In the judg­ment, they state that a sim­i­lar case has been done be­fore, and I think they’re re­fer­ring to the Dy­namos de­ci­sion which hasn’t been ef­fected. We’re not tak­ing a leaf from Dy­namos’ ap­peal, but we hope our case will be resolved af­ter theirs which is still drag­ging.

“Ac­tu­ally, as it is, we’re pre­par­ing for Sun­day’s game and we ex­pect a bumper crowd,” said Gumede.

Bosso are merely rid­ing on the prece­dence set by Dy­namos, who were or­dered to play against Ngezi Plat­inum Stars in an empty sta­dium for acts of hooli­gan­ism in the af­ter­math of their home loss to FC Plat­inum in May. DeMbare ap­pealed that ver­dict and the mat­ter is yet to be heard by Zifa.

Af­ter the Chicken Inn game, High­landers’ sup­port­ers in­vaded the pitch and at­tacked po­lice of­fi­cers that tried to re­store or­der.

A num­ber of the pitch in­vaders were ar­rested and one of them, Mpumelelo Mnkandla, was taken to court and con­victed. Mnkandla, a vendor at Renk­ini Long Dis­tance Bus Ter­mi­nus ap­peared be­fore Bu­l­awayo mag­is­trate Mer­i­lyn Mut­shina fac­ing public vi­o­lence and was sen­tenced to 24 months in prison.

How­ever, six months were sus­pended for five years and a fur­ther 18 months were also sus­pended on con­di­tion that Mnkandla per­forms 410 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice at Mahlathini Pri­mary School in Cow­dray Park.

Mean­while, Chicken Inn were slapped with a $1 500 fine af­ter their of­fi­cials in­sulted and charged at ref­eree Thomas Massa af­ter their 0-1 loss to FC Plat­inum at White City Sta­dium in July.

The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons will pay a $1 000 fine af­ter the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee set aside $500 on con­di­tion that they don’t com­mit a sim­i­lar of­fence this sea­son.

Moses Muchenje

Ndu­miso Gumede

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