It is yet another testing Sunday for CAPS United coach Mark Harrison and yet another probing afternoon for Dynamos mentor David Mandigora as the giants clash in the Bob91 Super Cup final at Rufaro.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
Arriving in the country in January carrying a nomadic record with no trace of success, Harrison has already made the Makepekepe faithful start to believe in his tactical prowess after leading his side to the Sino-Zim Cement Challenge Cup triumph over Dynamos a fortnight ago.
In securing passage to the Bob91 Super Cup final, the Briton helped CAPS overcome Highlanders away at Barbourfields with a 2-1 win.
Beating two fellow traditional giants has been a big hint by CAPS that they could be a fiery outfit this season.
But this afternoon’s confrontation is another game that puts the Englishman to further scrutiny.
“We are expecting a tough game obviously,” said Harrison.
“We are still looking at one or two players in two different positions. This is a pre-season game but we are serious about it. It is always nice to win no matter the nature of the game. If we lose it would however not be the end of the world because there are still more games to be played this year.”
With Roderick Mutuma’s presence heavily felt, CAPS United have a Joker in their pack.
The lanky forward was a handful against his former employers Dynamos two weeks ago, before inspiring United to the Bob91 Super Cup final with his first official goal for the club against Highlanders last week.
Midfielder Takudzwa Mahori appears to have improved under Harrison although he was jittery in the game against Dynamos.
CAPS’ biggest find has so far arguably been centreback Justice Jangano who has proven to be steely.
Just like his coach, he would be under probe by DeMbare frontrunners this afternoon.
It is also an afternoon in which Mandigora will be under spotlight to see if he can take revenge against United.
A championship-winning coach himself, Mandigora appears to be already feeling the heat and has been hiding from media spotlight this week.
His assistant Tonderayi Ndiraya has conceded CAPS are a big force.
“CAPS are a tough opponent and we expect a tough match but however we have been preparing well for them and we expect to play to the best of our abilities to get a good result,” said Ndiraya.
DeMbare have forwards who have failed to impress in the past seasons but former CAPS United striker Dominic Chungwa has in some friendly games promised to be a sharp attacker this year.
Farai Mupasiri, Simba Sithole, and Patrick Khumbula have all failed to reach the five-goal mark in recent seasons.