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CAPS United go out on a mission to redeem themselves when they host Bantu Rovers at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow.

Makepekepe are coming from a disappointing 2-0 defeat to How Mine at Luveve which left them five points off the pace.

“We have to bounce back to winning ways. We told these guys to put behind them what happened at How Mine,” said coach Taurai Mangwiro.

“We lost the game but I feel we should break that jinx of not winning away.

“We are playing well but our conversion has not been up to scratch. We need to improve on that and the most important thing that we need is to keep believing.”

Makepekepe are set to welcome the trio of Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Madalitso Mwanza and Malawian Ishmael Thindwa for tomorrow’s match.

However, Pervington Zimunya has joined team captain Tapiwa Khumbuyani and goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube on the sidelines after suffering an injury.

Team manager Luis Maio said the Green Machine were not going to let the defeat at How Mine affect their morale.

“Obviously, it will be tough to pull ourselves back to our feet, but we have to rise. What is important now is how we respond to that setback.

“There are no two ways about that since we need to keep the pace with the top teams. It will not augur well if we are to lose and the likes of How Mine wins again,” said Maio.

Surprise packages ZPC Kariba will face a big test of character this afternoon when they entertain in-form How Mine at Gwanzura.

How Mine have been impressive after recovering from two defeats in their opening matches of the season.

Philani Ncube’s side have won five matches in succession and collected 16 points out of 18 in the last six assignments.

But ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka said they hope to make use of home aantage to keep their unbeaten run intact.

“I think we need to sharpen our strikeforce. We had a good game against Rhinos but we failed to make use of the chances that we got,” said Chaminuka.

“Probably it had to do with the state of the state of the pitch but now we are playing at Gwanzura, which is our de facto home.

“We have come to know the pitch very well and I hope we will come right.”

The home team however, will be without the duo of Ephraim Mwinga and Obey Mwerahari through suspension while Nyasha Mukumbi also misses the action for How Mine.

Mutare side Buffaloes have a tall order as they host log leaders Highlanders hoping to recover from a heavy defeat they suffered during the midweek.

Buffaloes were the biggest losers after letting in five goals in the 5-1 loss at the hands of Triangle at Gibbo.

“We were our own worst enemies because we left Mutare late on the match day and arrived in Triangle around lunch time,” said coach Luke Masomere.

“Mind you, it’s a distance of about 300km and we could not even have time to settle. So fatigue was a big issue but I am confident that we will be able to recover from this setback,” said Masomere.

Their captain Prosper Matizanadzo will miss the tie after he was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence at Triangle.

Highlanders will be hoping to continue with their winning form to maintain their position at the top of the table.

Bosso beat Harare City 1-0 at Barbourfields on Thursday to take their points tally to 16.

Source : The Herald

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