However, owing to Dynamos’ participation in the Champions League, the fierce game had to be cancelled leaving the match pitting arguably the country’s third best supported team, CAPS United, and Gunners at Lafarge to take the centre stage.
For all its beauty, the stadium has a snare lying in wait for the troubled CAPS United as they date Gunners this afternoon.
Despite all their noise during the off-season, United have struggled this season and are still to register a win in open play and cracks are beginning to emerge in their camp. With four games having been played, the Green Machine are on position nine and are still to record a victory in open play while Gunners are on position 12.
CAPS United fans have openly shown their displeasure at the way their team is performing as the club has managed just five points out of a possible 12 with their only “win”
coming after Motor Action failed to turn up for the match. In the other matches, United have drawn 0-0 against Shabanie, lost 0-2 to Chicken Inn and only last weekend, allowed Harare City to come from behind to steal a 1-1 draw at the last minute.
Panic buttons have already been pressed as assistant coach Lloyd Chitembwe has been elevated to be the head coach while Irishman Sean Connor is now the director of coaching.
Going into the match, Gunners have a psychological advantage having notched four points off the former Cup Kings last season.
Moreover, Gunners, after a slow start to the season started winning last week with a 2-0 win over Monomotapa which must have buoyed their spirits going into today’s match.
“CAPS United are a big institution and for that we respect them. However, on Sunday (today) we are going to gun for three points which I am sure we will get.
“In the first three games that we played, we were playing very well, but failing to convert our chances. The fact that we managed to score last weekend against Monomotapa might be signs that we have now got into the grove,” said Gunners assistant coach Thanks Tengwe.
Tengwe might not be far from the truth though, on a good day at Lafarge, the youthful Gunners side led by Cliff Sekete can be stubborn.
Earlier in the week, Connor admitted that pressure is mounting on him to start picking up points.
“To be honest, the pressure is on me but there is nothing I can do about it. I am appealing to the fans to get behind the team and if they want to have a go at anyone, it has to be me and not the players. We are doing everything right. What we just need is a result,” he said.
Gunners v CAPS United, (Lafarge), Shabanie Mine v Hardbody (Maglas), Hwange v Buffaloes (Colliery),
Highlanders v Dynamos (Postponed)