Zimbabwe/Zambia: Caps to Sign Zambian Striker

AFTER losing out to rivals Dynamos over striker Simba Sithole, Caps United have set their sights on signing Zambian forward Jeffery Kapelwa, who impressed the technical team during a two-week trial.

Coach Taurai Mangwiro told journalists at his weekly press conference yesterday that he was impressed by Kapelwa and is looking to make him his first signing for next season.

The player has since returned to Zambia where he will finish off the season at his club Red Lions while negotiations continue between the clubs.

Caps is expected to snatch the player who could also attract interest from elsewhere.

The Green Machine has exhausted its quota after registering another striker Nqobile Mpala who was a free agent after ending his stint with South Africa's Pretoria University.

Mangwiro expects Kapelwa, who won the Cosafa Under-20 championships with Zambia, to be a success at Caps, describing him as a robust and aggressive player who can score.

"He impressed us, he is hard working, aggressive and has got a good eye for goal," said Mangwiro. "We have since made our recommendations to the directors and all things being equal he should be coming to join us next season.

He is a good player who would add value to what we have, so for me it is important that we get him."

Caps strikers have been struggling for goals this season hence the move to seek talent in Zambia.

Caps will bid to continue their renaissance at Mandava stadium tomorrow where they take on FC Platinum in a Castle Lager Premier League match.

Mangwiro is looking at nothing short of a victory but admits the task is a tough one considering that Platinum have also hit a purple patch.

"We still need to cover lots of ground so we require all three points and we will go there and take the game to them. I am well aware that this is going to be another tough match. FC Platinum have been playing well and still fancy finishing higher than they are now. A draw that side would probably have been a good result for us under other circumstances, but in this case we are desperate for three points and that's what we will aim for."

Mangwiro hinted at starting off with David Rediyoni and Shingi Kawondera on the bench, saying the two have played better coming on as substitutes.

"We are still looking at each player's strengths and with Kawondera and Rediyoni they have done very well each time they are introduced as substitutes. They may find themselves on the bench; sometimes it's not that they are not good enough, we know how they raise the game and that has worked well for us in recent matches."

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