By Sports Reporter
CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe has backed new signing Mitchell Katsvairo to make an immediate impact during the second half of the season following his move to the Harare giants last month.
The 28-year-old forward, who is seeking to revive his career after an unsuccessful spell at South African side Kaizer Chiefs, had appeared set to join Botswana outfit Township Rollers but CAPS United beat them to his signature.
Chitembwe was full of praise for his new signing saying Makepekepe were “lucky” to sign a player of his calibre as they look to rediscover their potency upfront.
The Green Machine has struggled to score goals on a regular basis since Dominic Chungwa left the club and moved to South Africa, scoring 23 goals in 20 matches in the campaign thus far.
“We are lucky to have a player like him. I’m sure if anything, he’s one player who stands to give us more considering the technical abilities the boy possesses. He has the experience as well as his intellectual application and understanding of tactics and we really believe that he’s one guy who is going to give us a lot this second half of the season,” Chitembwe after the team’s training session on Harare.
The CAPS United gaffer said Katsvairo’s decision to join his side was a huge endorsement to their status as one of the leading clubs in the country.
“What has been very good for us is that when you’ve got a player like Mitchell, who is craving to play for us, that endorses the amount of belief that these players have in the team. It’s a very big team and having a player like him showing that kind of desire gives us the satisfaction that there’s something good coming out of this football club.”
Katsvairo was released by Chiefs in January this year after failing to make an impact at the Amakhosi whom he joined two years ago.
Prior to being offloaded by the South African side, the former Chicken Inn forward had a loan spell at Tanzanian side Singida United before his decision to return home.
Katsvairo is expected to make his CAPS United debut when the Green Machine host Black Rhinos in a Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday.
The Harare giants have fallen behind in the championship race in which FC Platinum lead the standings with 46 points from 20 matches while they are in fifth place with 32 points.
Ngezi Platinum are second with 44 points while Chicken Inn are third with 37 points
Chitembwe is however not pressing the panic button yet and believes there have done well considering the number of players they lost at the start of the season and during the mid-season transfer window.
“I believe we have done a decent job considering that we probably lost so many players over the first half of the season so it’s expected. When you lose players you try to build on the cohesion and bring in players so that at the end of the day you stabilise your perfomance and ultimately the results. I’m very happy with what the boys have done so far they have given their all and you can’t really fault them for anything. In any case I can see the team improving and I’m very happy.”
He however anticipates a tough match against Black Rhinos, who are eighth on the log with 29 points from 20 matches.
“It will be a different game and we anticipate and very difficult game, Rhinos have been doing well in recent weeks. I though (Black Rhinos coach) Herbet (Maruwa) has gone a great job with that team but all the same, as a coach you give yourself a chance of winning a football match and yes it’s the case the with us. We want to go out there and play with a lot of pride, determination and belief that we are good enough to win games,” Chitembwe said.
Premier Soccer League fixtures
Friday: Harare City v Mutare City Rovers (Rufaro)
Saturday: Chapungu v Bulawayo Chiefs (Ascot), CAPS United v Black Rhinos (Rufaro), Bulawayo City v FC Platinum (Barbourfields), ZPC Kariba v Triangle United (Nyamhunga), Ngezi Platinum Stars v Nichrut (Baobab)
Sunday: Yadah v Herentals (Rufaro), Shabanie Mine v Chicken Inn (Maglas), Highlanders v Dynamos (Barbourfields — Postponed).