23 January 2017
CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe heaped praises on his squad following a 2-0 win against Mozambican champions Ferroviário da Beira at the National Sports Stadium Sunday.
Chitembwe admits he was delighted with his side’s progress so far despite training for only two weeks into season.
Abbas Amidu was on target in the first half before Amon Kambanje doubled the advantage after the breather in a match in which Makepekepe dominated.
“We had a great match,” Chitembwe said.
“In preseason games you have as well many chances to lose the game. These guys have been training for only two weeks and such a great show is amazing. I was concentrating on the fitness and physique part of the game. I was concerned with their level of endurance. But displaying such a good show surprised me and that is the kind of character I want,” Chitembwe continued.
“They were coming to us in the opening minutes. It was, how do we respond to that? Do we panic, do we give up, or do we feel sorry for ourselves? Or do we go again for it? And we responded well.
“I hope they will continue with this kind of fighting spirit. I am impressed by their efforts and that can only make me proud of the guys,” Chitembwe added.
Chitembwe introduced Chitiyo, who penned a two year deal, and he made an instant impact, creating the second goal for the Green Machine.
Chitiyo seems to have settled and developed well under the guidance of Chitembwe having had a slightly inconsistent season with Harare City last year.
Another newcomer, Last Sithole also partnered Dennis Dauda at the centre of defense in the second half.
“I am impressed. They did well. Having those players’ means we had seen their importance. They all did well and that’s what we expect from them. They are settling and coping fast. They are fast learners.
Rooney has worked hard with his performances in a more attacking midfield role this term.”
Makepekepe will be on the road to Zambia for two more preseason matches next week.
Chitembwe added, “We need to play more games and three more matches will be fine for us.”