Zhuwawu boost for CAPS Utd

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ed­die Chikamhi Se­nior Sports Re­porter

CAPS United have been boosted by the re­turn of the club’s lead­ing scorer John Zhuwawu to train­ing ahead of the clash with tra­di­tional ri­vals Dynamos at Ru­faro this Sun­day.

Zhuwawu’s re­turn has ex­cited coach Lloyd Chitem­bwe whose side has been go­ing through a lean spell.

Makepekepe have failed to win their last three league games against Sha­banie Mine, Ngezi Plat­inum and High­landers. Iron­i­cally, the 2016 cham­pi­ons have been dis­play­ing some of the best foot­ball in the do­mes­tic league in re­cent weeks.

Makepekepe, who have roped in Dar­ling­ton Dodo into their tech­ni­cal team, were also im­po­tent in front of goal in the Chibuku Su­per Cup quar­ter-fi­nal last week when they needed a penalty shoot-out to dis­patch Cha­pungu.

Chitem­bwe’s men also needed a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over ZPC Kariba in the first round af­ter the two sides had drawn 0-0 in reg­u­la­tion time.

But Zhuwawu has re­turned at the most op­por­tune time al­though the coach will still need to get the clear­ance from the doc­tors to de­ter­mine whether to un­leash the 28-year old in the derby on Sun­day.

“It’s good he is back in train­ing and we are happy he is back. But I am not too sure (if he will play). At the end of the day he has been a very im­por­tant mem­ber of the team so if we are sat­is­fied with his level of pre­pared­ness in terms of whether he has healed or not, that will be the de­ter­min­ing fac­tor.

“If he has healed then he stands a good chance of play­ing but if the doc­tor says oth­er­wise then he won’t have a chance of par­tic­i­pat­ing on Sun­day,” said Chitem­bwe.

Zhuwawu is CAPS United’s lead­ing scorer with eight goals but the striker has ex­pe­ri­enced a pro­longed goal drought. This has not been helped by the re­cur­ring in­juries, which have kept him out for sev­eral weeks.

But Chitem­bwe has yet to get full value for his money from the other for­wards who in­clude Brian Mu­zondiwa, Abasirim Chi­diebere and Michelle Katsvairo who was roped in dur­ing the mid-sea­son. Makepekepe have been work­ing hard on their fin­ish­ing and Chitem­bwe told re­porters that he wants to have his team per­form­ing well in all de­part­ments es­pe­cially when com­ing against a team like Dynamos.

“I am sure it’s all about the two key facets of the game of foot­ball, which is de­fend­ing and at­tack­ing and ob­vi­ously a team that does not de­fend well will ob­vi­ously con­cede and if you con­cede there is a very high pos­si­bil­ity that you lose the game.

“And a team that is very ef­fi­cient in terms of be­ing creative and scor­ing goals stands a chance of win­ning it. So it’s all about try­ing to be very ef­fi­cient in these two facets of the game,” said Chitem­bwe.

Chitem­bwe said Makepekepe, who are fight­ing for a top-four fin­ish, will not look into the woes fac­ing their op­po­nents.

The derby comes at a time when Dynamos have been at their low­est af­ter drop­ping into the rel­e­ga­tion ma­trix with six games re­main­ing.

CAPS United won the first leg 1-0 cour­tesy of a soli­tary strike by the then on-loan mid­fielder Den­ver Mukamba.

“As al­ways, it’s ob­vi­ously go­ing to be a very dif­fi­cult game. Matches against Dynamos have never been easy games.

“For us the tar­get is to win each and ev­ery game we play. This has al­ways been our tar­get and we are not go­ing to de­vi­ate from that.

“So all the games that we play are very im­por­tant and this one is not an ex­cep­tion. We are look­ing for­ward to it and like I said we would want to try and get a good re­sult, al­though it’s not go­ing to be easy.

“All the same we will go out there, play with a lot of pride, play with a lot of con­vic­tion, de­ter­mi­na­tion and hope to get the re­sult that we an­tic­i­pate,” said Chitem­bwe.

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