CAPS United will be praying that unbeaten ZPC Kariba get their first defeat of the season as they can go on top of the summit if they defeat poor Shabanie at Maglas on Wednesday.
With bitter city rivals Dynamos playing against Hwange on Thursday, Caps United will be hoping ZPC Kariba who are on top of the league table due to a better goal difference against Dynamos falter when they travel to Ascot for a date against Chapungu.
ZPC Kariba share top spot with champions Dynamos on 35 points from 19 matches with Caps United trailing on 33 points.
Taurai Mangwiro’s men have revived their title hopes after a slow start in the first half of the season in which they were blowing hot and cold.
The Green Machine are coming from a 3-0 victory over Chiredzi FC in a Castle Lager Premiership tie a week ago before following that up with flawless performance which earned them a convincing 3-0 victory over Chapungu in the $500,000 Chibuku Cup.
Goals from Nicholas Alifandika, Ronald Pfumbidzayi and Honey Chimutimunzeve sealed victory for United as they eye a league and cup double.
But then again a league match is different from a cup game and assistant coach Mike Madzivanyika acknowledged Shabanie will be difficult to breakdown despite the fact that they are currently struggling.
Madzivanyika said the having beaten Shabanie in the first round of the campaign counts for little as teams tend to raise their game in the second round.
“We have been playing well and are hoping to display our best,” he said.
“What is important for us is to win. We are not worrying ourselves much about calculations of where we are on the league and where we will go after the match.
“Our aim is simply to win. It will however, be difficult despite the fact that we beat them in the first round. The second round is completely different from the first.
“They might be struggling for form but they can raise their game so we need to be cautious.”
The Caps United assistant coach also reiterated that cup games were different from league games.
“These are totally different levels. We have to approach it from a different angle,” said Madzivanyika.
Caps United will be still without striker Dominic Chungwa who is still nursing a groin injury which saw him missing the Chibuku Cup against Chapungu.Advertisement
The Green Machine will also be without Charles Mukanhairi who is suspended for picking three yellow cards in the previous matches.
Still, United have quality in their squad with players like Ronald Pfumbidzayi – scorer of one of the best goals against Chapungu at the weekend and Nicholas Alifandika who joined from Black Mamba.
Shabanie Mine have been struggling for form in their past games and are on fourth position from the bottom with just 22 points from 19 matches of the campaign.
They have not won in their past six games having lasted tasted victory when they defeated Harare City 2-1 on June 28.
However, they can look up to players like Godknows Murwira, Allan Tavarwisa and Douglas Sibanda.
Meanwhile, troubled Dynamos will be hoping to put behind them the problems which have seen them boycotting training in the past week pressing for better working conditions as they face off bogey side Hwange at Gwanzura.
Dynamos still have sad memories of their last meeting with Hwange which ended in a 1-0 defeat and will be seeking revenge.
Wednesday: Chapungu v ZPC Kariba (Ascot Stadium 1500hrs), Black Rhinos v FC Platinum (Rimuka Stadium 1500hrs), Bantu Rovers v Harare City (Hartsfield Grounds, 1300hrs), How Mine vs Buffaloes (Hartsfield Grounds 1500hrs), Chiredzi v Chicken Inn (Chishamiso Stadium1500hrs), Shabanie Mine v Caps United FC (Maglas Stadium 1500hrs)
Thursday: Dynamos v Hwange FC (Gwanzura Stadium1500hrs), Highlanders v Triangle
United (Hartsfield 1500hrs)