BY GERALD MUTSVAIRO
AFTER a week in which he celebrated his 36th birthday, veteran CAPS United defender Method “Yellow” Mwanjali (pictured above) is showing no signs of slowing down following what has been an impressive start to the 2019 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League campaign.
Mwanjali has been a colossal figure in the CAPS United defence, which is yet to concede a goal this season ahead of their fourth league match against basement side Bulawayo Chiefs at the National Sports Stadium today.
The former Warriors captain has formed a formidable partnership with Godwin Goriyati at the heart of the defence, which has been the bedrock of the Green Machine’s promising start to the season.
The Green Machine’s defence is yet to be breached after three matches, in which the Harare side have won twice against Manica Diamonds and Black Rhinos with similar margins of 2-0.
CAPS United also played a goalless draw against Highlanders at Babourfields in a match where controversial Thabani Bamala’s refereeing decision denied them what could have been a genuine last-gasp winner.
Mwanjali, who played in South Africa and Tanzania before returning for home at the beginning of last year for his third and possibly last dance with CAPS United, has credited his team’s early success to teamwork and hard work put in ahead of the new season.
“It all goes down to the team, and we are working hard and I give credit to the whole team especially the defence, they have put in a lot of hard work and it’s beginning to pay off,” Mwanjali told StandardSport last week.
“It’s a good thing that we have not conceded goals in the Premiership so far. It all goes down to hard work as I said earlier,” he added.
While the positive start to the season has suddenly led to a new wave of optimism at the club, Mwanjali, who has made no secret of his desire to end his career at CAPS United, believes it’s too early to talk about winning the championship.
“This season we are focusing on winning each game at a time, that’s what I wish because I cannot talk about the league it’s so early, so winning games will do for me,” he said.
“Personally I am happy at CAPS and I want my career to end here. I feel like that will be enough for me.
Even though I have played for several clubs outside the country’s, borders in South Africa and Tanzania, I am more than happy to be here and would obviously want to finish on a high,” he said.