THE jury is still out on the new Caps United coaching set up, but after Sunday’s big Harare derby, a judgment will have to be handed down.
If the first match between the old foes is anything to go by then expect another breakneck paced contest in Caps’ encounter with Dynamos at the National Sports Stadium this Sunday in a Castle Lager Premier League match.
In his short and unsuccessful stint so far coach Taurayi Mangwiro has tried many changes; a defensive partnership of Nyasha Mukumbi and Blessing Zabula and another involving Tawanda Munyanduri.
He has also tried the striking combination of Shingi Kawondera and Leonard Fiyado as well as benching Kawondera for Evans Gwekwerere.
All this has failed to produce a goal, culminating in the team conceding three goals in two matches.
Faced with the prospect of a confident Dynamos primed to cause further damage to Caps’ cause, it will be interesting to find out how Mangwiro improvises this time in search of an elusive win.
A defeat for either team will be damaging but for different reasons, with Kalisto Pasuwa’s DeMbare fighting it out for the big prize at the top of the table while Caps have relegation worries after sinking to just a point above the chop zone.
Caps have the worst premiership record in the last six matches in which they have failed to pick a single point while DeMbare have risen to second position behind inform Highlanders.
Fiyado has shown that he can be a reliable source of goals and Caps will have to play in a manner that allows him to get into scoring positions.
Hardlife Zvirekwi who arrived at Caps in July together with Fiyado has also been another shining light for the Green Machine, and he could be crucial to Caps’ ambitions.
Kawondera on the other hand has done everything well except score.
Dynamos have hit top form benefitting from Denver Mukamba’s drive in midfield.
Attacker Farai Mupasiri is also making serious claims for a regular starting place by scoring each time he gets an opportunity to play.
It will be hard to leave him out after he hit the target against FC Platinum and Quelaton at the weekend.
Coaches for the two teams are cautious going into this usually highly charged derby knowing fully well that recent form will count for a goose’s egg.
Under Mangwiro’s stewardship Caps have played and lost two matches but the former Monomotapa gaffer believes his side will finally win in the derby.
“We might have been failing to get results but the players are in high spirits and I am confident we will come right on Sunday, said Mangwiro. “But it will be a difficult match.”
Pasuwa finally has breathing space after being subjected to so much pressure after indifferent results on the domestic scene and on the continent and expects Caps United to battle hard on Sunday. But he has been psyching his players to retain the same hunger they had in the first derby in which they beat Caps 1-0 at Rufaro stadium.