CAPS in Bosso test

CAPS United chief executive Cuthbert Chitima says they are taking their Sunday’s invitational match against Highlanders seriously as it will help them gauge their state of preparedness ahead of the pending 2018 Castle Lager Premiership.

The Green Machine will battle it out against Bosso at Babourfields Stadium in a match organised to celebrate the appointment of Kembo Mohadi as one of the country’s two vice-presidents.

The two teams were hand-picked to participate in the tournament and speaking before the team’s departure for Bulawayo earlier this week, Chitima told the Weekend Post that their match against Bosso is likely to give them an insight on their state of preparedness.  
“As CAPS United we feel very much honoured to be invited and take part in such an important event,” Chitima said.

“We always play to win in every game. We are taking this game seriously. It’s one game that is likely to help us gauge how much ground we have covered ahead of the start of the season.

“I think to those that have been following lately you will agree with me that Mandinda (Ndlovu) has assembled a formidable and we are expecting a good game come Sunday.”  

Just last month CAPS United were outplayed by a Dynamos youthful side losing 1-0 in the semi-finals of the Commander ZNA Charity Shield.

But their coach Lloyd Chitembwe was particularly impressed by his team’s display. While they have lost some of their senior players during this transfer window, the Green Machine have been active on the market bringing in such players like Praise Tonha who was with How Mine last year.

The Green Machine also signed forward Brian Muzondiwa, who joined from reigning champions FC Platinum.
Makepekepe also reunited with midfielder Dominic Mukandi after his stint with Ngezi Platinum Stars. Midfielder Ronald Chitiyo is also back at United after terminating his stay in Tunisia after only four months but is currently injured.

Chitembwe is hoping their new signings will bring the much-needed stability to the Green Machine, who also lost talented midfielder Devon Chafa after he signed for Zambian side Buildcon.

The Green Machine also travelled to Bulawayo with former Dynamos striker Roderick Mutuma who is desperate to convince the technical department to sign him after dumping Yadah following the expiry of his contract at the end of last season.

On the other hand, Highlanders will also be desperate to use the game as a springboard ahead of the new season.

Bosso are currently on a re-building exercise following the re-appointment of Mandinda Ndlovu as the head coach, who showed his intentions clear by promoting several youngsters. And despite losing 2-1 to Dynamos in the Commander ZNA Charity Shield, Ndlovu’s charges showed a lot of potential with their slick passing game raising a lot of expectations from the team’s legion of fans.

In their ranks Highlanders have former Hwange, Bantu Rovers and Bulawayo City striker Newman Sianchali as their new gunman.
The coming in of Sianchali brings with it experience and fire power up-front for the youthful Bosso outfit. They also have the likes of new revelation Nigel Makumbe, Adrian Silla, Ben Musaka and Godfrey Makaruse who can cause all sorts of problems for any opposition.

Newly-appointed captain Honest Moyo and defender Peter Muduwa will provide stability at the back while Ariel Sibanda’s experience between the goal posts is also likely to come in hand for the Bulawayo giants.

— Godknows Matarutse


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