Do or die for Caps United in CAF return leg

CAPS United will on Sunday face a defining moment in their CAF Confederation Cup adventure when they attempt to overturn the 2-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of Warri Wolves in Nigeria a fortnight ago.

Warri Wolves’ goals came through Eddy Ogude and Omonigho Temile and   Caps United’s consolation goal came through Nyasha Mushekwi. The away goal gives the Zimbabwean side a good chance to progress to the third round.

It could have been a different story for Caps United had they capitalised on the numerous chances that came their way during the first leg.

Caps United can barely afford to concede another goal to the Lawrence Akpokona coached side if they are to entertain any hopes of winning the tie.

Caps United gaffer Lloyd Chitembwe is likely to use an attacking formation at Rufaro Stadium.

Caps United will welcome the return of veteran midfielder Method Mwanjali who had been banned for a game after picking two yellow cards against Moroka Swallows in the first round of the competition. He is expected to strengthen the team’s attack on Sunday.

Caps United manager Wilson Mutekede told Independent Sport that the team will be missing the services of left back George Karimupfumbi.

“We will be without the services of  left back George Karimupfumbi who picked an injury. His position will be taken up by either Ronald Sengu or Douglas Walaza,” he said.

Caps United hopes will be pinned on star striker Nyasha Mushekwi and midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike.

Meanwhile, a place in the Confederation of African Football Champions League mini-league is up for grabs tomorrow afternoon as Gaborone United host Dynamos at the Botswana National Stadium.

Dynamos will be hoping to once again reach the mini-league. In their last continental campaign in 2008, they reached the semi-finals where they bowed out to Cottonsport Garoua.

Dynamos carry a three goal cushion after winning the first leg 4-1 at the National Sports Stadium two weeks ago.

Dynamos left-back Khumbulani Banda will be missed in the second leg after picking two yellow cards.

Evans Gwekwerere, who is enjoying a rich vein of form, will spearhead the Dynamos attack. Benjamin Marere, Dylan Chivandire and Ashley Rambanepasi are also expected to play a vital role in ensuring the team’s success in Gaborone.

 

Ashley Marimo

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