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CAPS United coach Mark Harrison was thrilled by his first league assignment in Zimbabwe after leading the Green Machine to a positive start at newboys Whawha.

Rodreck Mutuma was the hero with the double strike that propelled his team to victory.

“Everybody wants to make a good start and picking three points away from home was very good for us,” said Harrison.

“But it takes three or four games for the season to begin to settle. That is when the season starts to take shape, so the next three or so games are very important.

“We knew Whawha wanted to make an impression at home and they came out fighting.

“They were very professional and they tried to make the game difficult for us. I’m glad we came through and I think we deserved to win that match.”

The Green Machine are looking to challenge for the league title this year following a decade when they have played second fiddle.

Harrison fielded most of the players from last season with goalkeeper Victor Twaliki and Mutuma the only high profile signings in the first XI.

The coach praised Mutuma.

“Outside the box he is a bit of an enigma but when he comes inside he is deadly and those were two well-taken goals,” said Harrison.

Lowveld side Triangle were the biggest winners when they crushed Hwange 5-2 at Gibbo.

Triangle coach Kelvin Kaindu hailed his side’s flying start in the championship race.

“It’s a positive sign for us to score five goals against a team like Hwange. To me it shows there is light at the end of the tunnel amidst the hard work and the commitment by the players,” said the Zambian.

“I think we should start believing in ourselves that we are here to compete.

“We would want to avoid a situation where we end up fighting relegation like what happened in the last two years.

“We also want to have a feel of what it is like to be among those fighting for the honours,” said the former Highlanders coach.

Source : The Herald