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CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro says they have been in the doldrums for too long and are bracing for a new season which they believe may be a success starting with tomorrow’s game against ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura.The former champions last won the league title nine years ago and have become an ordinary side over the past few years as they finished every season empty-handed.

But Mangwiro yesterday was confident they have assembled a g side and will give it their best shot this year.

“We have been in the doldrums for quite some time. We have a very good chance this time around to make a formidable team in the league. We are not being ambitious, but we would want to believe we are up for the challenge,” he said.

“We would want to get off to a good start. Over the years we haven’t done well in the opening matches but we are hoping to build from there.”

CAPS United lost a number of players during the off season leaving the technical department to bring in a number of new players.

“The squad has changed and we lost about eight players. As a coach you would want continuity and you wouldn’t want to rebuild continuously but it is happening in the Premiership and it is not us only who gets affected.

“For example, with last year’s team, we can’t say the performance was dismal. There were some players whom we were still interested in though we didn’t retain the whole team,” he said.

Players such as Tawanda Nyamandwe, who is now the vice-captain at ZPC Kariba, David Rediyoni and Tawanda “Rambo” Munyaduri are now with the power company side and would be meeting their former team tomorrow.

Others, like exciting midfielder Benson Maglasi and defender Arnold Chivheya have joined Harare City while George Magariro is now at How Mine.

However, the former Masvingo United gaffer saluted the players and said there would be no hard feelings when they meet at Gwanzura tomorrow.

“The players now at ZPC Kariba served CAPS United well but an opportunity arose and there are no hard feelings. Saul (Chaminuka, ZPC coach) no one doubts his commitment and we have worked well together but we are meeting at a different level.

“We expect them to have a similar game to ours. But CAPS United being the home team should be able to rise to the occasion,” said Mangwiro.

The Green Machine would be counting on seasoned players like goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, exciting newboy Pervington Zimunya who arrived from Shabanie and the reliable Hardllife Zvirekwi, the best player at the club.

However, Zvirekwi will miss out the opener as he is nursing an injury.

Fixtures

Today: Bantu Rovers v Black Rhinos(Luveve 1300hrsSS9) Chicken Inn v Harare City (Luveve 1530hrs SS9) Chapungu v Highlanders (Ascot) Chiredzi v FC Platinum (Chishamiso).

Tomorrow : Hwange v Buffaloes (Colliery) How Mine v Dynamos (Barbourfields 1500hrs SS9) Shabanie Mine v Triangle United (Maglas) CAPS United v ZPC Kariba (Gwanzura).

Source : The Herald

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