CAPS United coach Gishon Ntini insists there is no pressure on him ahead of the league champions’ match away to Mwana Africa in Bindura tomorrow.
The coach has come under intense pressure to resign after his side drew I-I with Shabanie
Mine at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday. Ntini was abused by Caps supporters who threw missiles and threatened to assault him after the match. Caps the previous week lost 4-2 to Chapungu.
“There is no pressure at all,” said Ntini. “These things (the fans’ conduct) happen a lot and when I took over as head coach I knew it was not going to be easy. Our approach against Mwana Africa will be the same. We are taking every game as it comes.”
Ntini, who has received solidarity from his players, said there is confidence in the side that they will win the league championship for a third successive season.
“The league is wide open,” he said. “I think this is going to be one of the most unpredictable seasons in years. Of course we can win the league again. We have only lost once. Also, most teams are playing well and anyone can win the title.”
After the unpleasant reaction of Caps fans after the Shabanie match, Ntini said there were no hard feelings. He maintains, like he did during the week, that some Caps members are not happy with his ascendancy to be Caps’ head coach.
“Caps supporters are generally supportive of me,” he said. “But just like in any field, there will always be some people who will not like you and what you are doing. I’ve been a Caps coach with the Under 10s and now that I’m first team coach, some people are not happy with that. But this is just a phase which will pass.”
Meanwhile, the Caps board of directors will this week beef up the team’s technical department by appointing a new assistant coach who will sit on the bench with Ntini to fill the gap caused by current assistant coach Lloyd Chitembwe’s continuing dabbling as a player. The new assistant is likely to be in place in time for tomorrow’s match.
Full PSL fixtures:
Tomorrow: Lancashire Steel v Zimbabwe Saints (Baghdad), Mwana Africa v Caps United (Trojan Mine, Bindura), Railstars v Masvingo United (Barbourfields).
Sunday: Dynamos v Buymore (Rufaro), Chapungu v Motor Action (Ascot), Shabanie Mine v Monomotapa (Maglas), Hwange v Black Rhinos (Colliery), Highlanders v Shooting Stars (Barbourfields).