By Lawrence Trusida, Sport Editor
HARARE giants Caps United have become the laughing stock of the league after succumbing to their fifth successive defeat following a two-nil defeat by Bulawayo Chiefs at the weekend.
The slump in form has angered the Green Machine fans who have questioned the team’s pedigree ahead of the Harare Derby on Sunday.
The two-nil defeat by Bulawayo Chiefs was Caps United’s fifth defeat on the trot, leaving them in the bottom half of the log.
The Green Machine, who started the season slowly before getting back to their feet just capitulated and have turned out to be a true reflection of the crisis at the team which has been rocked by player revolts over unpaid dues.
Makepekepe last tasted victory over a month ago when they beat Yadah one-nil and that was the last of their four victories this season which have come against minnows Bulawayo City, Herentals and Tenax.
What is even more worrying is that the goals have dried up, with William Manondo and Rodwell Chinyengetere going through a barren spell after starting the year brightly.
It’s now four games without a goal for the former Cup Kings who are now a pale shadow of the team that was among the country’s big three.
With the team wondering in darkness, the looming Harare Derby against Dynamos set for the weekend has left their fans worried.
“This is not the Caps United we know. We are a team that can do better and I think we need younger players who are hungry,” said a soccer fan.
“We did not recruit the right players. These ones are only after money. We had younger boys who wanted to play for the badge, but we sent them away, now look where we are,” said another supporter.
Another added, “I blame the coach because he is the one who brought in his players. We need to do something from administration to the players.”
The Glamour Boys played out to a dull nil-all draw against Herentals at the National Sports Stadium this Sunday, with head coach Tonderai Ndiraya who returned from suspension on Friday calling for more hunger from his players.
“We did not show the hunger that we normally show. We were just not ourselves and with the Harare Derby coming up we need to improve a lot,” said Ndiraya.
A win for Dynamos would have taken them back to the top of the log after log leaders Chicken Inn were held to a one-all draw by Yadah at Luveve Stadium.
Chicken Inn are on 32 points with Dynamos a point behind, while defending champions FC Platinum have slowly crept into the top three after a stuttering start to their title defence.
The Zvishavane-based side is now on 28 points after making a statement of intent by thumping Triangle 4-0 at Mandava Stadium, while their opponents on the day slipped down to fourth but have the same number of points.
In the bottom half, Tenax did themselves a favour after beating equally struggling Cranborne Bullets one-nil at Sakubva Stadium to take their points tally to 17 and move from the bottom four.
ZPC Kariba held giants Highlanders on Saturday but the one point didn’t do much for their cause as they still languish on 16th position with 14 points, while Bulawayo City also earned a point away to Harare City after a goalless draw.
Whawha still anchor the log after suffering their 11th defeat of the season when they went down one-nil to Black Rhinos.