Chicken Inn face CAPS test

HARARE - Ambitious side Chicken Inn’s title credentials will go under the microscope today when they clash with CAPS United at the National Sports Stadium.

With the Castle Lager Premiership reaching the halfway mark this weekend, the Gamecocks top the log standings with 29 points two ahead of Triangle.

Joey Antipas’s charges have a game in hand as their last league match against Dongo Sawmills was abandoned in the 63rd minute after Chicken Inn goalkeepers’ coach Julius Ndlovu allegedly assaulted the visitors’ medic Wurayayi Chiparange.

Dongo protested against the incident, claiming they could not proceed in the absence of their medic which led to the abandonment of the match-PSL is yet to decide on the match.

However, prior to that match the Bulawayo side registered two consecutive victories against Buffaloes (3-0) and Chapungu (2-1).

CAPS United interim coach Mark Mathe is well aware of the threat posed by Chicken Inn, however, is confident they will get a positive result.

“The match is going to be very tough as you know Chicken Inn is playing well but we hope to collect maximum points,” Mathe told the Daily News on Sunday.

“Our preparations are going on well, everyone in the team is ready for this game.

“As you know, the core business of playing in the league is to win as many games as we can and we are also looking to win this match.

“Many people think we are going to put our self under pressure because we are playing the log leaders but this is like any other game we play in the league.

“Yes, we respect Chicken,  they have a good coach who is also experienced but that doesn’t mean we fear them as you know the game of football is played on the pitch.”

The green Machine currently sit eighth on the log standing with 21 points, eight points behind Chicken Inn.

Going into the match, the Harare giants will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after registered two draws in their previous matches against Flame Lilly and Harare City.

“I am not happy with the position we are currently sitting in.

“As you know — CAPS is a big team, we need to start winning our games, truly we need to pull up our socks,” said Mathe.

“We have our own targets this season but we also need to be realistically as you know we are coming from a difficult period financially.

“I think a top four finish for us will not be bad but we need to start winning our matches before thinking about a top finish.”

The former Highlanders coach is, however, worried about his strikers’ lack of creativity in recent matches.

“Look, we are playing well but we are failing to convert our chances, for the whole week we have been working on that,” he said.

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