CAPS united ARE ROCK BOTTOM…Green Machine are worst team in second half of season

Lawrence Moyo 

Head Zimpapers Sports 

THE 2023 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League campaign is promising to be the most intriguing as there are no clear favourites either end of the log standings. 

Teams occupying the top seven positions, after Week 21, have strong chances of winning the league championship while teams from position eight and below, are all in the relegation equation.

Former champions CAPS United occupy eighth position with 26 points from 21 matches but find themselves closer to bottom-placed Black Rhinos (16 points) than they are to the leading team, Highlanders (41 points). 

CAPS United are just 10 points above Rhinos and 15 behind leaders Highlanders.

What makes CAPS United’s situation worrying for the Makepekepe faithful is that they have the WORST record in the Premiership over the last four weeks, managing just two points from a possible 12.

CAPS United have not won a match in the second half of the 2023 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

Lloyd Chitembwe’s men have dropped 10 points in one month and failed to find the target – they have failed to score in the last four Premiership matches.

The last time CAPS United scored a goal was in the 1-2 defeat to Herentals on July 29 while the ensuing four matches in the second half of the season have not yielded a goal.

CLEAN SHEETS 

Dynamos are the ONLY team yet to concede a goal in the second half of the season after four games, keeping out strikers from Hwange (0-0), Sheasham (2-0), Simba Bhora (0-0) and Cranborne Bullets (1-0). 

ON TARGET  

Only Manica Diamonds have averaged, at least, two goals a game in the second half of the season with eight goals from four matches. 

Only SIX of 18 Premiership teams have averaged at least one goal per game in the second half of the season – Manica Diamonds (8), Ngezi Platinum (6), Herentals (6), FC Platinum (5), Yadah (4) and Triangle (4).

FIRING BLANKS 

Only CAPS United and ZPC Kariba have fired blanks in the four matches of the second half so far.

UNBEATEN RUN

Only THREE teams are unbeaten in the second half of the season – Manica Diamonds, Dynamos and Herentals.

– Manica Diamonds have the best record in the second half of the season with 10 points from a possible 12 after three victories against CAPS United (2-0), Triangle (3-1) and Green Fuel (2-0) and a draw with Herentals (1-1).

Herentals have had an unbeaten start to the second half of the season with two wins against Green Fuel (1-0) and Ngezi Platinum (2-1) and draws against Triangle (2-2) and Manica Diamonds (1-1).

WIN OR LOSE 

There are only three teams that have NOT drawn a match in the four second half matchdays so far – Sheasham, Green Fuel and Ngezi Platinum. 

– The other 15 teams in the Castle Lager Premiership have drawn at least once in the four games so far.

  Green Fuel won two against Yadah (2-0) and Hwange (1-0) while losing the other two against Herentals (0-1) and Manica Diamonds (0-2). 

– Newcomers Sheasham’s four matches of the second half have yielded two identical victories against Chicken Inn (1-0) and Hwange (1-0) while losing the other two in identical fashion against Dynamos (0-2) and Yadah (0-2). 

– Ngezi Platinum won the first three matches of the second half, beating Bulawayo Chiefs (1-0), CAPS United (1-0) and Triangle (3-0) while losing to Herentals (1-2).

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