After two games Caps — title favourites alongside Dynamos and FC Platinum — are reeling, having collected one point and are yet to score.
The Caps camp is in disarray but they insist they are still united. The relationship between coach Lloyd Chitembwe and striker Evans Gwekwerere has further deteriorated whilst that of Chitembwe and the club’s fans has also nosedived owing to poor results.
The next match may not be any easier at a point the four-time champions need all three points when they clash with city rivals Motor Action.
Manager Sean Connor told a press conference yesterday that their ambitions have not changed. They can still land the coveted league title, he said, while conceding that they have to start winning and also admitting that his team was taught a lesson by Chicken Inn.
“We learnt a lot of things in that match against Chicken Inn,” said Connor. “We learnt that no matter how good you think you are you can still lose, as long as the players do not turn up and perform on the day. We need players to turn up every week and perform to the best of their ability.
Caps lost the match 2-0 following their nil-all draw with Shabanie, triggering doubts about the ability to compete for the title.
But for the technical team which also includes Chitembwe, the dream is still alive and their focus remains on the league title and some silverware.
“Our ambitions have not changed,” said Chitembwe. “We are still focused on winning the league title and trophies and we can still do that. This is just but two games and we are not pressing panic buttons. At some stage (last season) Dynamos were some 14 points behind the league leaders but they still went on to win the league title.”
But the task on Sunday will be tough, as they face a buoyant Motor Action side that has won two of their last three games, with their latest victim being Dynamos whom they knocked out of the Independence Trophy.
Champions Dynamos face a tricky tie when they take on Monomotapa tomorrow at the National Sports Stadium. Having clinically dispatched newcomers Hardbody in the first match they could shoot to the summit of the league standings with a win.
After resting most of the first team players in the cup clash with the Mighty Bulls, coach Calisto Pasuwa is expected to recall his best players with man of the moment Takesure Chinyama expected to hog the limelight once again.
Weekend fixtures — Tomorrow: Dynamos v Monomotapa (NSS), Black Mambas v Shabanie (Morris Depot), Chicken Inn v Quelaton (Luveve) and Harare City v Gunners (Gwanzura).
Sunday: Highlanders v Hardbody (Barbourfields), Hwange v FC Platinum (Colliery), Motor Action v Caps United (Gwanzura) and Shabanie v Blue Rangers (Maglas).