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BUOYANT CAPS United, still on cloud nine after remembering how to beat rivals Dynamos, cut short their celebrations yesterday to shift their focus to the league where they travel to Bulawayo to face How Mine at Luveve tomorrow. Team manager Luis Maio said they were now focusing on the league fixtures where they hope to make a big impression.

The Green Machine are chasing their first league championship in nine years.

On Sunday they beat Dynamos 1-0 in the Zimbabwe National Army Charities semi-final showdown and now have to make the trip to the City of Kings to face plucky How Mine.

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“It was good to win, it’s not only about beating Dynamos, but it is always nice to win any match as it means the coach and the players are working hard,” said Maio.

“It is a tight programme where we will play three matches in a week, but I believe we can do it.

“This game is more important than the Sunday victory as we want a good run in the league. This year is about new things as you can see with what happened on Sunday.

“So, I believe good things for the club are about to come.”

The team trained in the afternoon yesterday, hours after their emotional triumph over DeMbare which sent their fans into seventh heaven as they partied all the way from the giant stadium right into the city centre.

The Green Machine will leave for Bulawayo this morning where they are expecting to have a late afternoon session in the City of Kings.

The CAPS United duo of Hardlife Zvirekwi and Ronald Pfumbidzayi returned yesterday from Tanzania with the national team and were given a rest but they are likely to be in the travelling party to Bulawayo.

Tendai Samanja was outstanding as the defensive linkman but received a knock after an impressive show at the office on Sunday.

Forward Pervington Zimunya also suffered a knock during the derby match but the manager said he was hoping to have both players battling for a place in the team.

Maio said winning the next two matches was the immediate target for his team who find themselves sitting on top of their rivals DeMbare.


Today: Bantu Rovers v Chicken Inn (Luveve).

Wednesday: How Mine v CAPS United (Luveve), Triangle United v Buffaloes (Gibbo), Chapungu v Hwange (Ascot 3pm, SuperSport), Dynamos v FC Platinum (National Sports Stadium), Black Rhinos v ZPC Kariba (Rimuka).

Thursday: Shabanie Mine v Chiredzi (Maglas, 3pm SuperSport), Highlanders v Harare City (Barbourfields).

Saturday: ZPC Kariba v How Mine (Gwanzura), Chicken Inn v Chapungu (Luveve), FC Platinum v Triangle United (Mandava, 1pm SuperSport).

Sunday: Buffaloes v Highlanders (Sakubva), Hwange v Shabanie Mine (Colliery), Caps United v Bantu Rovers (National Sports Stadium), Chiredzi v Dynamos (Chishamiso, 3pm SuperSport).

Monday 26 May: Harare City v Black Rhinos (Rufaro).

Source : The Herald