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TRIANGLE coach Biggie Zuze will come face to face with his former Monomotapa boss and friend Taurai Mangwiro but has warned CAPS United to brace for a tough afternoon at the National Sports Stadium today.Zuze and Mangwiro also played together at Dynamos before they linked up at Monoz for their coaching careers where the latter was the head coach.

Today they will be on the opposing ends of the touchline with Zuze seeking his first away win of this Premiership campaign while CAPS United are hoping that the return to the National Sports Stadium could yield a change of fortunes for them.

Both sides have the same number of points – five from four starts – but Triangle are just a place above CAPS United in 12th because of a better goal difference.

Triangle have been boosted by the return of some their players such as Muchineripi Muneri and Courage Denias who were on the injury list.

Zuze also spoke of the significance of the former CAPS United pair.

“I am happy the two players are back from injury, they are very important to our set-up and they give us lot of options. Charles Rukwanhi and Blessing Chimwamuchere are the ones outside the group through suspension and injury respectively. Apart from that everyone is fine,” said Zuze.

Hosts CAPS United are determined to secure a result since they lost their previous game and Zuze was keen to talk up the danger of a side led by his former boss.

“CAPS are a very big team with an experienced coach but we will go there for three points. I learned a lot from him, he is humble and concentrates on the field of play.

“We are like brothers and we have been together since our playing days at Dynamos and that will make the encounter a very interesting one.

“We have a very tough schedule this week, we played on Sunday against Chicken Inn and we are travelling to Harare to play them on Thursday. We will be on the road back home on Friday to face ZPC Kariba on Sunday at Gibbo.

“We will adjust to whatever condition but our main focus for now is CAPS United and nothing else. We will tackle every game as it comes,” said Zuze

Former Warriors captain and Triangle goalkeepers coach Gift Muzadzi echoed his head coach’s sentiment.

“We are prepared to take on one of the best clubs in the country and with the quality we have, I am sure we can match them and come back with a good result, ” Muzadzi said.

Elsewhere today, champions Dynamos travel to Gweru for a date with Premiership returnees Chapungu at Ascot.

Dynamos could be sitting at the top of the log, but they cannot afford a camp for their match against Chapungu. Unlike on previous occasions when they used to sleep over for competitive matches in Gweru, Dynamos secretary Webster Chikengezha said the club had a very tight budget to operate from. “We are not going to sleep in Gweru but would have to travel very early in the morning. We now have a bigger bus and could leave around 6am and would be there at 10am. I think the players will have enough time to rest and then play the match,” said Chikengezha.

Reports also indicated that some Dynamos players had mooted boycotting the training early in the day over their bonuses which have been cut. The players were expecting to get US$200 but received US$150.

Chikengezha said the Glamour Boys will depart from Gweru immediately after the game.

“I think a lot of people have gone to Gweru from Harare and back on the same day. We are trying to cut costs because we have more away games this season. After every week, we should be travelling ,” said Chikengezha.

Chikengezha also hinted that Roderick Mutuma remains doubtful for this afternoon’s match because his reverse international clearance has still not been issued from South Africa.

“We are still waiting for his clearance. It can come anytime soon,” said Chikengezha.

Despite the administrative problems facing the club, Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa has challenged his troops to aim for three points when they meet Chapungu.

Chapungu had a fine start to the season, winning their opening two matches before losing to Bantu Rovers 2-0 in their last game at Luveve and Pasuwa also called for caution as he takes them on their home turf.

“We are preparing to meet Chapungu and like every game we have been playing, we have to sit down and plan. I would not talk very much about any opponents but I am saying to my team, let’s go out there and pull out a result when we go to Gweru. So we are preparing as a team so that we can collect those three points,” said Pasuwa.

Pasuwa has been playing with two defensive linkmen, Devon Chafa and Stephen Alimenda, something that has worked in his side’s favour.

DeMbare’s goalkeeping options have also been boosted by the return of Warriors international George Chigova from SuperSport United in South Africa but they still have nearly a dozen other players on the injury list.

“I have been talking to the guys and telling them that there should not be a depleted squad and this is the reason why we have registered 35 players for the league.

“If given a chance, they should prove that they are one of the 35 players who deserved to be registered,” said Pasuwa.

Chapungu coach John Nyikadzino is hoping that they will utilise home aantage and believes his charges are geared up for the match.

Nyikadzino said his charges are highly motivated at playing the most successful football club in Zimbabwe.

“We were rather complacent when we played Bantu Rovers. The guys underrated the opposition and we conceded two goals inside 14 minutes.

“And once you fall behind while playing away, it becomes difficult to make a comeback but we are now the home team and ready for Dynamos,” said Nyikadzino.

This week, Chapungu received a morale booster when BancANC gave them new kit for the season and that gesture could spur them against Dynamos.

“Playing against Dynamos is self-motivation for my players. Everyone knows that they are the champions and my players would also want to make a point in this game. It’s very fortunate that we are at home,” said Nyikadzino.

Source : The Herald