18 August 2017
CAPS United could turn out to be the party spoilers and captain Hardlife Zvirekwi says they are not there to give any team favours.
Makepekepe gave title contenders FC Platinum a reality check at Rufaro on Wednesday, coming from behind to win 2-1
On Sunday they are back at the same venue to try and stop pacesetters Ngezi Platinum.
And Zvirekwi says they are there to concentrate on their own mission, even if it means shattering other teams’ dreams.
“As the champions, whoever you play against, they will be looking forward to try and beat you. So every match we are going to play, regardless of what club it is, it is going to be a difficult match and we are not there to give any favours. We have our own mission and that is what matters for us,” Zvirekwi told H-Metro.
The reigning Soccer Star of Year is experienced enough to understand setbacks and knows how to react.
CAPS United were overwhelmed by their participation in the CAF Champions league and they are slowly coming back into shape.
They have not lost any of their qualities and still have the luxury of some of the best players in the Premiership.
However, they are far behind and many have ruled them out of the title race.
“Obviously it was just a matter of being overwhelmed by too many matches in a short period of time.
“Now we have adjusted to the situation because that is what is there. We have to rise and play.
“In two or three days time we will be playing either mid-week or weekend. So I think we are finally getting into the groove and it is good for the team,” Zvirekwi said.
CAPS United face a Ngezi Platinum team scoring for fun in the past matches.
Tonderai Ndiraya’s charges have emerged as one of the favourites for the 2017 title. And there cannot be a better way to prove their credentials than to beat the champions.
The Warriors right back admits it will not be easy.
“We are taking each game as it comes and we are going to give it our best and see how it goes. The most important thing is to show our real potential as a team,” said Zvirekwi.
Assistant coach Mark Mathe said: “There are so many games in hand that we need to play. And we have to try and strike a balance because most of the games are of high intensity and we have to manage the recovery period.
“We dropped points when we didn’t want to but now we are happy with the way the team is picking up. I will reiterate that the main objective is that the next game we play, we have to pick up points and slowly go up the ladder.”