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CAPS United assistant coach Brenna Msiska is confident the Green Machine will fire this season despite a challenging pre-season in which they are racing against time to build a competitive outfit to compete for silverware.The former Warriors goalkeeper has been in charge of the club’s pre-season in the absence of new head coach Mark Harrison, who is still holed up in South Africa.

Harrison was expected to start work yesterday, according to the club’s officials, but the Englishman was nowhere to be seen. The former Stoke City ‘keeper is understood to be waiting for the finalisation of the application for his work permit.

His absence has virtually stalled the beefing up of the squad as he has to recommend the new players to the executive.

The Premier Soccer League has asked all 16 teams to register their squads by next Friday, for administrative purposes, although the lists could be altered until March 25 when the transfer window officially closes.

The Green Machine have held a countrywide search for talent and they attracted over 100 hopefuls in the first week of their pre-season.

They have short-listed their targets and Msiska maintains the side will be able to beat the deadlines to register their players.

“So far so good. We are just working on finalising the squad and then afterwards we would be able to mark our targets for the season.

“However, it’s not that easy as some people may think, to get someone from the shadows and make him play competitive football for a team like CAPS United.

“Big clubs are always judged by the silverware they win during a season and we will have to work with that in mind. But since we are rebuilding, it doesn’t look that bad for us.

“I think we now need a friendly match to assess how far we have gone with the preparations, probably during the midweek or at the weekend.

“Our major worry at the moment is on fitness since our pre-occupation in the last two weeks had been on trials for new players. We are working hard on that,” said Msiska.

Makepekepe have indicated they will go for unheralded players but they have received a host of Premiership material such as Witness Nyamutsaka, Raymond Uchena, Smart Muchabaiwa, Carlos Mesi, Victor Twaliki, Tapiwa Mangezi and Ronald Maketo.

Former players such as Itai Chiwara and Leonard Tsipa are also pushing for a return to the club.

Makepekepe are looking to beef up their stocks after losing captain Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Tafadzwa Dube, Kelvin Bulaji and Tendai Samanja.

Msiska has been working with Fungai “Tostao” Kwashi to lay the groundwork for the season while Harrison sorts out his documentation.

“I cannot comment on the head coach. The CEO is handling that but we are expecting him any moment from now. I believe they are communicating,” said Msiska.

Source : The Herald