Warriors and CAPS United midfielder Ronald Chitiyo will look set to punish his former club Harare City FC when the two sides clash at the National Sports Stadium this afternoon, with the player expected to carry the burden and lead the Green Machine’s attacking third in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match day 2.
BY SPORTS REPORTER
1500hrs is the kick off time.
Chitiyo crossed the floor during the January transfer window from the City Fathers and joined the Green half of the capital and was quick to win the hearts of the usually hard to please CAPS United fans.
To signal his presence, Chitiyo scored the winning goal that saw Makepekepe progressing to the first round of the CAF Champions League by dumping Lioli FC of Lesotho by a 2-1 margin in the preliminary round.
He also provided an assist when United played against TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi with Abbas Amidu tapping in the Chitiyo delivery.
The speedy and energetic forward is expected to replicate his newly found fine form when Makepekepe host Harare City today. The two sides produced identical nil all draws against Shabanie Mine and Yadah FC respectively in their opening matches.
However, City’s gaffer Mike Nadzivanyika is not moved by United’s purple patch that saw them storming into the cash spinning group stages of the CAF Champions League by relegating TP Mazembe to the less fashionable CAF Confederations Cup.
“They have done well in terms of qualifying in the African safari, but this is another game,” he said. “We want to do our best and we want to win everything on stake. We prepared the same, whether we play the champions or not. Preparations are always the same because there are always three points at stake.”
“We didn’t play well in the first half and we also need to improve on our finishing. We created a lot of chances, but we couldn’t put them away. I have been telling the players that the only way to win is to score more goals than your opponents,” Madzivanyika said.
Caps United v Harare City (National Sports Stadium),
Triangle United v Dynamos (Gibbo),
Highlanders v Shabanie Mine (Barbourfields),
Hwange v Ngezi Platinum (Colliery)