CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro might be forced to throw Ishmael Thindwa into the starting line-up in their league match against Triangle at the National Sports Stadium this afternoon as the Harare giants look to bounce back from their weekend defeat at FC Platinum.
The highly rated Malawi international joined the Green Machine at the start of the season, but could not feature for the club as he had not been cleared. He had his papers sorted early this week, making him available for selection this afternoon.
Mangwiro could not disclose if he would hand the striker, nicknamed “Killer T” by the Caps United fans, his league debut.
Other strikers Leonard Fiyado and Tongai Magwendere are out injured, and Pervington Zimunya is failing to justify his selection in the team. The Malawian is favourite to start upfront alongside Dominic Chungwa.
“He has been training with the team all along and we know his capabilities. I cannot say at this moment if he will start or not, but he is part of the final team and is available for selection. The fans should not put him under pressure,” Mangwiro said.
Chungwa was himself a major doubt for this match due to an injury, but Mangwiro said the striker had recovered. Another striker Kelvin Sibanda, signed from Bantu Rovers, has recovered and is likely to play a part in the match.
Mangwiro said Magwendere had started training with the rest of the players while Fiyado would be out for three to four weeks.
“We would want to redeem ourselves after what happened last weekend, but it will not be easy. We are, however, confident of getting all the three points,” Mangwiro added.
Caps United are currently on 10th position with five points, the same number of points as their afternoon opponent.
It has been a difficult two weeks for the Caps family as club president Twine Phiri lost his mother before the Platinum match while director Farai Jere lost his nephew on Tuesday and burial was set for Murehwa yesterday.
Unlike Caps United, Triangle will be coming into the match on the back of a draw, earned against Chicken Inn last Sunday.