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MARK Harrison (pictured above) faces another difficult outing tomorrow as he has to convince his players to put behind them the crippling in-house problems at the club and grind a result against Chapungu at the National Sports Stadium.

Makepekepe have been going through a turbulent month because of the financial challenges they are facing.

The Harare giants have a real test on their hands against the Gweru airmen who have been enjoying good form of late.

Chapungu are tough opponents after recovering from a poor start and going for six matches without losing.

The Gweru airmen have since risen into fifth position with 15 points, while Makepekepe sit three rungs further down on 13 points.

The Green Machine are experiencing one of their darkest periods in history and last week they nearly suffered the embarrassment of failing to raise a team for their assignment against Buffaloes following a training boycott by the players.

CAPS United have not scored in their last two games which ended goalless against Buffaloes and Hwange and Harrison challenged his forwards to raise their game.

“We have got to start capitalising on the chances that we are creating because in the last four-five games we were creating too many chances which we failed to take aantage of.

“I’m very disappointed that we dropped points in the last two games, especially with the chances we created.

“We are creating goal chances, and not half chances, and that’s very disappointing.

“We should have a lot more goals on the board by now. We have been working on it in training and hopefully this weekend it may just come to fruition,” said Harrison.

Striker Rodreck Mutuma will not be available after he quit the club this week.

Harrison, however, was happy with the recovery of veteran forward Leonard Tsipa, who is in line for selection tomorrow after spending almost a month on the sidelines.

His other options, Leonard Fiyado and Thabani Moyo, have not been clinical in front of goal and the technical side has been working hard with them this week.

Harrison has never doubted the quality of his team despite their challenges.

The CAPS United players returned to training this week but morale was still at its lowest ebb.

“It’s difficult. I can’t hide it. There is no point in us trying to sugar-coat things. It’s what it is. But we are getting on with it. We all have our moments, even I have my moments.

“I may moan, I may groan but we still have a job to do and we have to do it to the best of our ability.

“We are just hoping and praying that things will to come right off the field quickly and we can settle down.

“I do believe if things settle down off the field, and we can settle down on the field, we can still have a good season,” said Harrison.

Makepekepe will miss both wingbacks Ronald Pfumbidzai and Hardlife Zvirekwi.

Their captain Zvirekwi is out on national team duty at the COSAFA tournament that begins tomorrow in South Africa while Pfumbidzai is attending trials in Denmark.

Rivals Harare City will need to put behind them the disappointment they suffered in their last outing when they host Hwange at Rufaro this afternoon.

The Sunshine Boys dropped two crucial away points when they conceded a stoppage time penalty in a 1-1- draw at Highlanders last week.

Their coach Taurai Mangwiro said they needed to bounce back.

“It was very disappointing and I am saying we should not be dropping points like this when we have the opportunity to win a match.

“But I know Hwange, no matter how bad they may have been performing this season, they have proven over the years that they are a stubborn team.

“We have been doing well at home of late and we should take aantage of that to grind out results,” said Mangwiro.

Big striker Francisco Zekumbawira, Nicholas Alifandika, Zebron Makukutu and Lincoln Zvasiya have been ruled out through injuries while Talent Chawapihwa and Tatenda Munditi travelled with the COSAFA Cup squad.

Source : The Herald