Zvirekwi rallies team-mates ahead of Alger Encounter

CAPS United captain Hardlife Zvirekwi has urged his team mates to shrug off the ‘poor travelers’ label as they make the trip to Algeria for the sink or swim Group B African Champions League clash against USM Alger on Sunday.

By Tafadzwa Ndiraire

The Zimbabwe champions dismissed their more illustrious opponents 3-1 at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday to bounce back into contention for a quarter- final place.

The victory saw them claiming third spot on the Group B standings with six points, while the Egyptian giants dropped to the foot of the table, still on five points. USM Alger and Al Ahli Tripoli remained tied on eight points.

Caps United now need to win their remaining match against USM Alger by any margin to go through to the last eight of the prestigious tournament regardless of the outcome of the other clash between Ali Tripoli and Zamalek.

However, the Green Machine have been so poor on the road they have not won a single match in this campaign and Zvirekwi, the most experienced member of this squad believes they have to show great character as well as mental strength to grind out a result and make it to the last eight.

“I think we have not won away and I believe It’s all down to mental strength so we have to show a big character to grind out a result. We need to keep on believing the mission is possible. We have to work hard and grind out a result,” said Zvirekwi.

The CAPS United captain said it was sad to lose vice- captain Dennis Dauda who joined Premier League side Yadah FC but was also pleased that the team still got the job done.

“It was a sad thing but obviously life had to go on and the team had a duty to perform and the guys went on to do a great job for the team, so we need to carry that into our next match,” said Zvirekwi.

Caps United vice-captain, Ronald Pfumbidzai’s first half goal and Abbas Amidu’s brace ensured Lloyd Chitembwe’s men collected maximum points that brought them back into contention for a historic quarter final place.

Tongai Mwenje

Tongai Mwenje is a Senior Editor with Zimbabwe's largest online sports magazine Sportbrief He has been writing professionally since 2012 and currently writes for technology and sport blogs. He has vast experience in digital marketing, sports reporting and analysis. He is also a Sports and Technology columnist with Financial Gazette Online Sports Column and Technology Magazine respectively.

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