Cup kings on a roll

27 March 2017

AFTER winning the Zimbabwe National Army Charity Shield in Bulawayo, CAPS United star Tafadzwa Rusike says they are living up to their “Cup Kings” tag.

Makepekepe won many trophies in the 90s but have been living other the shadow of other big clubs like the Harare giants Dynamos, FC Platinum among others in terms of silverware.

CAPS faced Highlanders at Barbourfields and the match ended 0-0 in regulation time before the former won 3-2 on penalties.

Rusike said it’s high time they dominate the local game, and cap more silverware as a club.

“It’s all about self-belief. We are unique. This group is unique and they throw themselves all over to win a match. It’s high time we shelve everything in our cabinet. We must reclaim the name, The Cup Kings. We want to win every tournament and dominate the local game and we believe that it’s possible,” Rusike said.

Mapekepeke had to do without four stars, who were called for national duty to face Zambia in an international friendly at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

Fullback Dennis Dauda received his first international call together with first choice goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda, Devon Chafa and Ronald Chitiyo. They all missed the Zimbabwe National Army Charity Shield final at Barbourfields.

Midfielder Abbas Amidu is also recovering from a back injury he sustained in their goalless CAF champions league match against TP Mazembe.

“The competition in the squad is tight. Anyone can play at any given time. I think it’s good for the club. Competition is also healthy for our side. It’s also good when others are injured or suspended. We will have enough depth to face anyone.”

The Green Machine will begin their title defense when they face Premiership newcomers Shabanie Mine in Zvishavane.

Rusike says it’s high time they start the season on a high note.

“Just like last year, we need to start on a high note. We want to collect maximum points from the onset. We have to start doing that with our first match in Zvishavane. A good start will shape our future,” added Rusike.