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Chitembwe defiant as he faces Platinum test

CAPS United’s title defence credentials will be put to the test Wednesday when they visit the Boabab for a clash against league pacesetters Ngezi Platinum.
Ngezi Platinum lead the standings with nine points from four matches after suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to Yadah Gunners at the weekend while Caps United stumbled to a 1-1 draw against lowly Tsholotsho.
United coach Lloyd Chitembwe, however, is waving a defiant fist.
“We knew we were going to drop some points at some stage and the Ngezi game is one we are looking to go out there and fight.
“We will try to get the result that we want. But it is not going to be easy against Ngezi Platinum,” said Chitembwe.
The Harare giants have scored just three goals in three matches and their conversion rate has come into question. But Chitembwe believes it’s still too early to judge his team.
“You can’t judge us with just one or two games. We can only be judged after quite a substantial number of games. I believe we are on track and will achieve what we set ourselves to attain,” said Chitembwe.
Ngezi Platinum coach Tonderai Ndiraya however said they were banking on their home support.
“We are playing before our home supporters and that give us confidence going into this match. Caps United are the champions and we are the Cup champions so it’s a meeting of champions. It will be quite interesting,” said Ndiraya.
With bitter city rivals Dynamos overcoming Hwange on Sunday, Caps United are aware another stumble will be a major reversal to their title defence.
Dynamos host How Mine at the National Sports Stadium hoping to maintain their form which saw them lifting the Independence Cup trophy after defeating Highlanders on penalties before the Sunday victory over Hwange.
Lloyd Mutasa’s rebuilding process appear to be bearing fruits with each passing game and their title credentials will further be put to test on Thursday.
And if they can collect maximum points, it will bolster them as they seek to end a barren spell without the championship.
Dynamos last won the championship under Kalisto Pasuwa in 2014 and Mutasa is hard pressed to deliver the stubbornly elusive silverware.
FIXTURES:
Wednesday: Harare City v Bulawayo City (NSS), Ngezi Platinum v Caps United (Baobab), ZPC Kariba v Shabanie (Nyamhunga)Tsholotsho v Highlanders (Dulivhadzimu), FC Platinum v Triangle (Maglas), Chapungu v Yadah (Ascot), Bantu Rovers v Hwange (Luveve)Advertisement

Thursday: Dynamos v How Mine (NSS), Chicken Inn v Black Rhinos (Luveve)