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CAPS United utility man Hardlife Zvirekwi says the Green Machine will come with guns blazing in the Harare Derby this Sunday as they want to have a big say in the destiny of the championship race. Makepekepe are set to rekindle their rivalry with DeMbare at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday hoping to break a winless jinx that has spanned over four years in the league.

Zvirekwi yesterday told The Herald they were in high spirits and looking forward to the epic clash.

“Everyone is looking out for a great game considering the rivalry between us and our bitter rivals Dynamos. I think we will go out with guns blazing and try to get a positive result.

“Obviously, we need to kick-start the first match and that will be a huge morale booster going into the back-to-back matches.

“We will need our fans to keep cheering us throughout the 90 minutes. As the 12th man that is their contribution and we will do our best on the pitch.

“They have done that for us to be where we are today,” said Zvirekwi.

CAPS United had not beaten Dynamos in any competitive match since 2009 but recently they tasted what it feels to win against the Glamour Boys when they claimed a 1-0 victory in the Zimbabwe National Army Charities match at the giant stadium.

This has helped stir up a g sense of belief in their camp in a promising campaign this year which has seen them coming into this important fixture in third place on the log standings.

Interestingly, Makepekepe are tied on 26 points with Dynamos, who occupy second position because of better goal difference with leaders Highlanders just one point away.

CAPS United have managed to win their last four games on the trot and they will also be hoping that they maintain a 100 percent winning record at the National Stadium.

“It was one of our targets, at least, to be challenging at the top in the first round of the matches. It’s a very good thing for us as a family to be a competitive side.

“I think it’s very important to be fighting with the big guys up there.

“The chances are very good for us. All we need to do is to keep focused, go for the targets that we have set ourselves and I think we will make it.

“We have been working so hard as a team. Sometimes, there’s a jinx that comes up, like recently with a lot of things being said about the away results, and people get distracted.

“I think it was only a mind game and for most of us it had now started creeping into our minds that we cannot win away from home.

“But since we told ourselves to be g mentally, to have a character and a good attitude towards away games, things started happening and I think we are now getting there.

“As senior players we have been encouraging the others to keep focused. Some younger guys sometimes could be tempted to think of throwing in the towel but I am happy we are pulling in one direction,” said Zvirekwi.

And the Green Machine has been impressive at the giant stadium.

“We have made it our fortress and our home. Obviously, we do not want to be humiliated in our home,” said Zvirekwi.

“It’s crucial (to win there) since we are left with just three teams in Harare and most of the time we are always going away.

“So coming into the second round games we need to collect maximum points at home as much as we can. We need to maximise at that. It’s our challenge, we have to collect maximum points.”

Makepekepe regrouped yesterday to prepare for the Derby with almost all the players in full training except for the injured Ronald Pfumbidzai who had a light workout.

Striker Dominic Chungwa was not available as he was excused to attend his grandfather’s funeral.

Fixtures

Friday

ZPC Kariba v Chicken Inn (Gwanzura)

Saturday

Harare City v Hwange (Rufaro), FC Platinum v Shabanie Mine (Mandava)

Sunday

CAPS United v Dynamos (National Sports Stadium), Black Rhinos v How Mine (Rimuka), Buffaloes v Chiredzi (Sakubva), Triangle United v Chapungu (Gibbo), Highlanders v Bantu (Barbourfields)

Source : The Herald

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