20 January 2017
CAPS United striker Leonard Tsipa says they are rusty and a friendly match will help them shape up ahead of the CAF champions league against Lioli of Lesotho next month.
Makepekepe are eyeing their first friendly match against Mozambican champions Ferroviário da Beira at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday and the match is open to the supporters.
Coach Lloyd Chitembwe will get the last real opportunity to assess his options before the hard task in Africa after undergoing a week-long CAF A coaching course.
“There are no major changes to the championship winning side but this friendly will be helpful for us. We have been training, focusing on fitness and stamina but we needed a game situation. We last played a competitive match in November and it’s a long period in football,” he said.
“We are rusty. That’s our position. This game will go a long way in preparing for the big assignment.”
With most teams also having arranged only a couple of friendlies prior to the start of the CAF champions league next month, the weekend presents a chance for the coaches’ tactical system to hit upon a final setup for continental glory.
The Green Machine started preparations for the Africa safari two weeks ago and Tsipa says he will use his experience to guide the team.
“I played in the CAF champions’ league before. I am experienced with international matches, even at the national level. Our squad is basically young but I am keen to help the youngsters achieve the best against Lesotho.”
Makepekepe will play five-time Lesotho league winners Lioli FC in the preliminary round away on the weekend of 10-12 February for the first leg while the return leg will be played the following weekend in Harare.
With CAPS United fancied to progress, the real test awaits in the next round where former African champions TP Mazembe will be waiting.
The Green Machine are also expected to leave for Zambia for a practice match against Zambian Champions Zanaco.
Meanwhile, CAPS United FC will this weekend unveil a new sponsorship deal before the friendly match.