CAPS United has been on the spotlight of recent with their quick resurgence from the tatters of relegation and today, all eyes will be on them again when they visit Chapungu in league clash at Ascot.
The Champions have gone for four consecutive matches without dropping points and they moved six places to tenth position during their last three fixtures.
They will be playing their first game without star fullback Ronald Pfumbidzai who joined ABSA Premiership side Bloemfontein Celtic this week. Also missing is their captain Hardlife Zvirekwi while defender Justice Jangano, who is serving a two-match suspension.
With limited options at the back, Makepekepe will be hoping to introduce newboy Goodwin Goriyati at the backline.
Their hosts, Chapungu are bullish and their coach Tendai Chikuni declared a war at Ascot. The Gweru based side have a full squad including Philip Marufu, Themba Ndlovu, Allan Tavarwisa, Maxwell Mavuto and Blessed Mbavarira.
Ian Nyoni is the only regular player who remains doubtful ahead of the clash and is expected to go for a late fitness test.
What will make this encounter interesting is the fact that CAPS United have only managed one win in their last ten visits to the city in matches hosted at Ascot.
Meanwhile troubled Highlanders will travel to Mhondoro for a date with title chasers Ngezi Platinum Stars.
Bosso are still trying to settle after a 0-1 humiliation from struggling Tsholotsho. Their next assignment will never be easy as Tonderai Ndiraya’s men are fighting to put off the pressure exerted by FC Platinum and Dynamos. Also, the fading giants’ decision to field youngsters like Adrian Silla, King Nadolo, and Ray Lunga instead of experienced players will come heavy in the time they want to change the fortunes of the team.
On the flip side, Ngezi are smarting away from a 3-0 loss to CAPS United in their last fixture.
Log leaders Chicken Inn have gone for a seven match undefeated run. They face troubled Hwange FC at Barbourfields.
Midfielder Innocent Muchaneka will carry the Gamecocks’ hopes to inflict misery on his former club.
On the other hand, the visitors’ coach Bigboy Mawiwi is praying for a win to impress his pay masters after he joined the Club last month. He has posted two wins and two losses in his first four games at the club.
At Mandava, Black Rhinos will be hoping to collect their first point in six games.
But FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza remains cautious of the upset Rhinos can bring. The gaffer does not want the Army side to rediscover their fortunes on their expense.
They Pure Platinum Play will be looking forward to build from last weekend’s against Triangle United.
ZPC Kariba and Harare City will play at Nyamhunga. The Sunshine Boys will field players which played in their last fixture. Jimmy Tigere will be the only exception while Taku Chimwemwe is back in the fold.
Matchday 23 fixtures:
FC Platinum v Black Rhinos (Mandava)
Chapungu v CAPS United (Ascot)
ZPC Kariba v Harare City (Nyamhunga)
Chicken Inn v Hwange (Barbourfields)
Ngezi Platinum v Highlanders (Baobab)
*All matches will start at 3pm.