HISTORY has a tendency of repeating itself. The last time an exotically named Zambian coach was at Caps United, his reign ended in total chaos. <
It is part of their team’s past that superstitious Caps fans hope will not happen again.
His name was Fewdays Musonda, who had arrived at Caps United with the club going through turbulent times. Musonda’s reign lasted a “few days”, as he hastily quit the Harare club and returned to his native Zambia.
A month ago, 11 matches into an indifferent season, another Zambian journeyman, Fordson Kabole, took over the coaching responsibility at Caps. If he is compact as the Fordson tractor, Kabola will pull Caps out of their current inconsistent form. That way he will certainly have more days at his new home.
Having won the Zimbabwe top-flight championship for the past two years, the load of a troubled beginning to the season might be having a telling effect on the team’s prospects this season.
In a disjointed season characterised by succeeding wars, Caps have been drawing and losing matches at a worrying rate, hardly the consistency that was the backbone of their back-to-back victories in the last two years.
Kabole, who replaced battered Gishon Ntini as Caps coach, has not found the atmosphere at the club any better.
In his first three matches in charge, Kabole has tasted all forms of results in a football game. A hostile reception by the tenacious soldiers Black Rhinos resulted in a 3-0 rout, before Caps recovered to beat Masvingo 3-1 and then drawing 0-0 last weekend with Monomotapa.
A fourth match with Motor Action on Sunday is a stern test of aptitude for the Zambian coach. Yet Caps’ problems are not entirely a coaching one. Nonetheless, Caps fans will probably feel four games are enough to judge the 61-year-old mentor.
Caps have never found it easy against Motor Action, who always raise their game against the league champions. And in players such as midfielder Clemence Matawu and goal-poacher Edmore Mufema, the Mighty Bulls have the arsenal to match their opposition on Sunday. It’s a match in which a draw looks the likely result.
In other matches, high-riding Highlanders — fresh from a priceless 1-0 win away to bitter rivals Dynamos — host Kwekwe-based Lancashire Steel at the Barbourfields.
It has taken teams like Lancashire to derail Highlanders in the last two years when the league title has been in the hands of Caps, and Methembe Ndlovu’s men will not be hindered by complacency.
Full PSL fixtures:
Tomorrow: Mwana Africa v Shabanie Mine (Tojan), Railstars v Dynamos (Luveve), Shooting Stars v Buymore (Rufaro), Black Rhinos v Zimbabwe Saints (Gwanzura), Masvingo United v Monomotapa (Mucheke).
Sunday: Hwange v Chapungu (Colliery), Highlanders v Lancashire Steel (Barbourfields), Caps United v Motor Action (Rufaro).