Zimbabwe champions CAPS United, face -off Shabanie Mine in a Castle Lager Premiership tie at the National Sports Stadium on Wednesday without several key players including full back Ronald Pfumbidzai and striker Abbas Amidu.
By Tafadzwa Ndiraire
The Zimbabwe champions had a nightmarish start to the campaign after their return from an historic African Champions League campaign.
Lloyd Chitembwe’s men who qualified for the group stage of Africa’s premier club competition for the first time in the club’s history returned to domestic matters where they found the going tough, suffering a shock 2-0 defeat to Premiership new boys Yadah FC and then handed a 3-1 defeat by How Mine last week. It was their first home defeat since Lloyd Chitembwe took over way back in September 2015.
And, as they face Shabanie Mine, hoping to recover lost ground, they will be without Amidu who has sealed a deal with Egyptian Premier League side Smouha and was expected to fly to Egypt yesterday while Pfumbidzai left for South Africa for trials with Bloemfontein Celtic.
Tafadzwa Rusike, one of the most creative midfielders at Caps United, is battling injury and took part in a light training yesterday hoping to pass a late fitness test.
Given their situation, Caps United had tried to hold on to Pfumbidzai until next week so that he takes part in the show down against Shabanie. Bloemfontein Celtic however, claimed that they didn’t have time to watch Pfumbidzai in the champions league and need to see him once more in a game situation.
They are reported to have arranged a friendly match to have an assessment of the left back after Caps United demanded that he returns by Thursday.
The Green Machine however, will turn to Dominic Chungwa and Amon Kambanje while they engage their foreign targets whom they expect to sign soon to shore up their strike force.
Caps United have played just 10 matches in the campaign while other teams have 17 matches and the champions still have a lot of some catch up to do.
The Green Machine drew against Shabanie in the reverse fixture and this afternoon they will be hoping to collect maximum points that will keep their campaign back on track.