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HARARE giants CAPS United have welcomed their rising star Gerald Phiri back from trials in South Africa, but the Malawian international will not be available for their clash with Chicken Inn at Luveve tomorrow due to injury.

Phiri missed the team’s last outing when they beat Hwange 2-1 at the National Sports Stadium as he was away attending trials at Supersport United and looks set to be sidelined again on his return.

Team manager Luis Maio yesterday said the Green Machine were now waiting to get feedback from the former Absa champions while not ruling out the possibility of losing the youthful player.

Makepekepe, however, are hoping to continue with their fine run following a commendable show which has included three successive wins to storm into the top four on the log standings.

Phiri will not take part tomorrow as he has been rested to recover from an ankle injury.

“Gerald is back and we are now waiting to hear the news from the South African side. Unfortunately, he has picked up a knock and we cannot allow him to play as a precautionary measure.

“Otherwise, the spirits are high in the camp after those three back-to-back wins. We are taking each game as it comes and our aim now is to go there and try as much as we can to get another win,” said Maio.

Assistant coach Mike Madzivanyika is likely to take charge of the team in the absence of head coach Taurai Mangwiro and goalkeepers coach Richard Tswatswa who are attending a Caf A Licence coaching course at the Zifa Village.

CAPS United have won their last three games against Shabanie Mine, Chiredzi and Hwange.

The Gamecocks have been in good shape of late and are unbeaten in their last five games.

Chicken Inn are coming from a home draw against defending champions Dynamos and coach Joey Antipas is eager to see his team return to winning ways to improve their position in the log table.

The gamecocks received a timely boost with the return of their skipper Danny Phiri who was in South Africa on a club-hunting mission in the last two weeks.

“It’s good our captain is back. We missed him in the last two to three weeks. In my eyes he is one great defensive midfield player we have in Zimbabwe and I believe he just need to get more focused on his game to reach the top.

“But we have been doing well as a team. We managed to incorporate some youthful players like Elvis Chipezeze who has been commanding his place well as goalkeeper.

“We have also managed to get some stability in midfield and now we are working hard on the strike-force.

“I know CAPS United are in top form and we are eager to take them on. Everyone is back from injury and morale is good,” said Antipas.

Highlanders will be involved in a crucial top-of-the-table clash with city rivals How Mine at Barbourfields on Sunday.

How Mine are currently two points off the pace and a win on Sunday may enhance their chances of reclaiming top spot.

Defending champions Dynamos are also aiming to return to the top when they host Black Rhinos at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday. DeMbare trail Highlanders and ZPC Kariba by a single point.

The Glamour Boys’ team manager Richard Chihoro said they were not taking their opponents lightly despite the army side’s poor run this season.

“We are looking forward to winning the match but we will not underrate our opponents because they have not been playing so well. In fact it’s these struggling teams that usually give us all sorts of problems.

“So we are saying to the players we don’t want complacency. Our aim is to maintain our place in the top four at least until the end of the first half of the season,” said Chihoro.

Striker Simba Sithole has been ruled out because of a heel problem while Tichaona Mabvura has not been training this week due to illness.

Moses Chunga’s troubled Chiredzi will host Harare City at Chishamiso in a-bottom-of-the-table clash.

Fixtures:

Tomorrow

Chicken Inn v CAPS United (Luveve), Chiredzi v Harare City (Chishamiso), Chapungu v FC Platinum (Ascot)

Sunday

How Mine v Highlanders (Barbourfields), Shabanie Mine v Buffaloes (Maglas), Dynamos v Black Rhinos (NSS)

Monday

Bantu Rovers v Triangle United (Luveve)

Source : The Herald

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