CAPS United’s mid-week Castle Lager Premiership tie against How Mine scheduled for the National Sports Stadium tomorrow evening was by late yesterday hanging in the balance, with suggestions that the match could be shelved, as the Green Machine have three players in the national team preparing for the weekend’s African Nations Championship (Chan) return leg qualifier against Namibia.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
If a club has three or more players in the national team, they have the right to cancel the match should they deem it necessary.
And with the Zimbabwe champions without three of their stars — Ronald “Rooney” Chitiyo, striker Abbas Amidu and midfielder Moses Muchenje — who are with the national team, they were yesterday considering to call-off the match.
Caps United assistant coach Fungai “Tostao” Kwashi yesterday said a decision was still to be made regarding the match.
“Yes, we have three players who are in the national team. We are not sure whether the match would go ahead. We don’t have the official position as yet,” he said.
PSL communications officer, Kudzai Bare said Caps United had the right to make a decision in accordance with the rules governing the game.
She, however, said as far they were concerned, the match would go ahead, as they had not received any communication from Caps United to the contrary.
“We assume nothing has changed, but the rules are clear that if a team has three or more players with the national team, the concerned club has the right to make a decision,” Bare said.
If the match is cancelled, it will be the second time in a week after the Harare derby, which had been scheduled for last week, was also deferred for the same reasons.
This will also mean that their trip to Bulawayo for a clash against Bulawayo City at the weekend will also be called- off.
This situation also follows that the Green Machine will have a lot of some catch up to do, having been lagging behind already due to their participation in the Caf Champions League.
Caps have played just nine matches in the Premiership, while some clubs have played 17.
After they were booted out of the Champions League, they have now shifted their focus to domestic matters, but the involvement of their stars in the national team has affected their bid to clear the back log.
The Warriors, who returned from Namibia where they lost 1-0 to the hosts in the Chan qualifier on Sunday, are not breaking camp as they prepare for the decisive second leg at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.