Chunga to play young guns in Caps match

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ed­die Chikamhi

HARARE City are set to at­tract the anger of High­landers and FC Plat­inum fans when they send a num­ber of green­horn play­ers into their Cas­tle Lager Premier League match against Caps United at Ru­faro to­mor­row.

The Sun­shine Boys are one of three hur­dles which the Green Ma­chine must leap for them to win their first league cham­pi­onship in 11 years.

Moses Chunga and his men blew the cham­pi­onship race wide open when they de­feated FC Plat­inum 2-1 at Ru­faro a few weeks ago, a re­sult that helped Caps to as­sume lead­er­ship of the cham­pi­onship race.

With Bosso and the Zvisha­vane min­ers hop­ing for Harare City to de­rail Makepekepe’s chal­lenge, Chunga an­nounced yes­ter­day that he will field a num­ber of young play­ers as part of their prepa­ra­tions for next sea­son.

Chunga bravely put reg­u­lars, Ron­ald Chi­tiyo and Raphael Manu­vire, on the bench dur­ing the tie against FC Plat­inum and said his team will field more young play­ers.

“We are play­ing for the three points at stake,” said Chunga.

“We are ex­cited as Harare City be­cause we have a pro­gramme that we would want to see com­ing to fruition.

“The last three games of the sea­son our young­sters will be heav­ily in­volved. It will be sort of ini­ti­at­ing them from boy­hood to man­hood.

“The coin­ci­dence is that we hap­pen to play Caps at the most cru­cial part of their cham­pi­onship race. We have our own agenda.

“We have a de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme that we have been run­ning at Harare City with my­self as head of the tech­ni­cal team and Elvis Chi­weshe as di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment.

“We have been work­ing very well with my col­leagues from the ju­niors up to the first team. There are proper and well de­fined struc­tures and right now we have around 50 play­ers com­ing from de­vel­op­ment. I think you have al­ready seen some of them in ac­tion.

“It’s a mas­sive pro­gramme which has pro­duced qual­ity. I am sure many teams will ben­e­fit from that as well be­cause we will need to loan out some of the play­ers next sea­son.”

Chunga, who was given a new con­tract last week, said he had a vi­sion to build a team for the fu­ture.

Al­ready, he has given game time to young­sters such as Learn­more Muyambo, Tatenda Tumba, Sean Muneka, Jerry Chipan­gura and even ap­pointed 20-year-old de­fender Hast­ings Cha­pusha the new cap­tain as he cre­ates Kidznet II.

The young­sters will be blended with some few ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to guar­an­tee re­sults so that they fin­ish on a re­spectable po­si­tion.

Chunga is a for­mer Caps coach but was pushed out of the team after fall­ing out with some of the club’s fans who ac­cused him of be­ing a Dy­namos sym­pa­thiser who did not have the long-term in­ter­ests of their club at heart.

But the gaffer says he is not a man who is driven by what hap­pened in the past and his only mis­sion, right now, is to en­sure he de­liv­ers for Harare City.

He has a good sup­port­ing struc­ture at the club which is un­der the lead­er­ship of for­mer Dy­namos trea­surer Alois Masepe.

Harare City are cur­rently sev­enth on the log stand­ings with 38 points. Makepekepe on the other hand are tar­get­ing their first cham­pi­onship in 11 years.

They lead the log stand­ings with 54 points, one ahead of High­landers who host Tsholot­sho at Bar­bour­fields to­mor­row.

The third team in the race FC Plat­inum travel to Cha­pungu hop­ing to close the two point gap be­tween them and Makepekepe.

Moses Chunga

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