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CAPS United coach Mark Harrison faces a possible headache with the left-back position if former Young Warriors skipper Ronald Pfumbidzai makes the grade in Denmark where he is on trials at Hobro IK.

Pfumbidzai left the country during the week for a two-week trial stint with the same club that Zimbabwe international Quincy Antipas plays for.

Makepekepe have tried different players in the position in some of their games, but they have lacked Pfumbidzai’s presence.

While utility man Dominic Mukandi appeared a little bit comfortable as left-back in the past, on Wednesday youthful player Romerio Matova was overwhelmed when thrown into the fray before he was replaced by Carlton Munzabwa, who usually plays centre-back

Harrison believes it will be a tall order if Pfumbidzai gets a contract in Europe.

The English coach was happy with the return of skipper Hardlife Zvirekwi ahead of their trip to Buffaloes tomorrow.

The Warriors player missed the goalless midweek draw against Hwange due to suspension.

“We missed Hardlife’s defensive qualities. We missed his leadership.

“We missed Ronald as well. He is a good player, but we have to move on if he stays over in Denmark, but, unfortunately, we are struggling for cover at left-back.

“The young boy (Matova) got exposed a little bit and that’s why I made that change to bring Carlton (Munzabwa) into the game.

“He was getting run around a little bit and I thought it was unfair to leave him out there any longer because he would have suffered. So, we had to make that change out of necessity,” said Harrison.

The coach said he is looking to get maximum points to improve their position on the log standings after dropping three places into eighth place during the midweek.

“It should be another physical encounter, I am sure. It’s going to be tough again down there. We got to try and regenerate before we go there.

“We got to try and get three points there,” said Harrison.

However, Buffaloes coach Joseph Takaringofa said the Harare giants should not expect an easy tie.

Buffaloes have not lost in their last five outings although most of them were stalemates.

Their morale has been boosted by a 1-0 win over Dongo Sawmill during the week, which was their first victory of the season.

“We are working very hard and the players know how important it is to win our games at this point. I think we are beginning to find our feet now.

“So, we don’t have to look at the names of the opponents.

“Of course, it’s difficult for many team in terms of motivation, but we have told our guys that they should work hard for recognition.

“They have names to make and this is the opportunity to do that. Let’s play for our pride as a team,” said Takaringofa.

Source : The Herald

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