Spotlight back on Caps


By Brain Murandu

THE spotlight is back on Harare giants Caps United as the premiership resumes action this weekend.


Caps, with

a 100% record from eight matches so far, have to show ability to withstand pressure as they host third-placed Railstars at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.


But that could be overshadowed in terms of attraction, thrill and even controversy by the bitter rivalry at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo pitting Dynamos and Highlanders on the same day.


Caps coach Charles Mhlauri’s charges have impressed with their flair in recent games. Fans, who are now trooping back to stadia to watch the “Green Machine” on display, could not have asked for more than Caps’ clash against the Lindile Dube-coached railway men this weekend.


While Caps’ national team trialist Brian Badza could be a real menace to the Railstars defence, the hosts’ rearguard also does not have to sleep on duty in the face of the predatory instincts of the visitors’ wonder-boy, Njabulo “Afro” Ncube.


Ncube has grabbed attention by banging in goals when it matters most and he could create problems for Caps goal-minder Witness Mnkuli.


Runaway log-leaders Caps boast a well-oiled machine that has been an envy of many and it could be only a matter of the amount of Railstars can absorb.


Roving wingback Cephas Chimedza is expected to dish out another spectacular show of his talent from the left flank while captain David Sengu operates from the right side for the league pacesetters.


Dynamos, who have hit the headlines with problems in their coaching department, enter Barbourfields with a new-look technical team headed by Keagan Mumba as technical director seeking to revive their challenge for the title.


Seamus McCathy from Ireland this week joined the turbulent Harare side as assistant coach.


Mumba and his colleagues have the material to clinch victory at their disposal in the form of midfielder Francis Chandida, defender James Matola and striker Clive Mwale. Bosso on the other hand have strength in a mobile midfield combination of Charles Chilufya and Honour Gombami.


Castle Lager PSL fixtures:

Tomorrow – Sundowns vs Shabanie Mine (Luveve);

Black Rhinos vs Zimbabwe Saints (Rufaro) ; and

Eiffel Flats vs Sporting Lions (Rimuka).


Sunday – Wankie vs Kwekwe Cables (Colliery) ;

Masvingo United vs AmaZulu (Mucheke) ;

Caps United vs Railstars (ZNSS);

Highlanders vs Dynamos (Barbourfields) ; and

Lancashire Steel vs Motor Action (Baghdad)