Mathe braces for Harare City

HARARE - CAPS United interim coach Mark Mathe has vowed to maintain the success enjoyed by the club under his predecessor Mark Harrison, who quit the Green Machine two weeks ago.

Harrison dumped Makepekepe to join Botswana Be Mobile Premiership side Township Rollers.

The Briton resigned from the club citing personal and professional damage that he suffered due to an unfortunate operating environment prior to the recent changes at the club.

Before Farai Jere took over as majority shareholder CAPS went through a difficult financial crisis failing to pay players as well as staff with Harrison at one point admitting he would quit as well if situation at club did not improve.

Despite return to normalcy after Jere acquired an 80 percent stake in the team to leave Phiri with 20 percent equity, Harrison threw in the towel opting for a job at Botswana’s side Township Rollers.

Harrison left the Green Machine sitting on seventh place with 20 points nine behind log leaders Chicken Inn after just 13 matches. .

Mathe was then handed temporary reigns at the Green Machine and begins his campaign with a clash against Harare City at Rufaro Stadium on Saturday.

It is, however, the way Harrison had transformed United into a formidable side under those difficult circumstances which made Mathe to feel he should maintain same level.

“CAPS United is one of the biggest clubs in the country and you are always under pressure but I believe in myself and I accept this challenge without a problem,” Mathe told the Daily News yesterday.

“I will, of course, make changes, but I want to keep the level that CAPS has already achieved under Harrison. We have been talking about it as the technical team and the players.

“I am prepared to give my best and I am ready. We need to maintain the same momentum going forward.”

On their game against Harare City, Mathe feels their opponents will start as favourites but they will go out to collect maximum points.

“We have been preparing well for this match,” he said. “I think Harare City will start as favourites because they are on top of us. As Caps we are a big team we need to go there and compete well and get the three points.

“We took advantage of the break and re-charged our batteries and everyone is ready to go now. Some of the players who were injured are now back which is good for us.”

On the other hand Harare City, who made almost a complete overhaul of the team from the technical bench downwards, would want to collect maximum points from United.

After a disappointing 2014 season, City had plunged into the transfer market to reinforce their squad after appointing a star-studded technical team led by former CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro.

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