Caps United assistant coach Fungai Kwashi believes Friday’s home Champions League Group B match against Al Ahli Tripoli could prove crucial to their campaign.
The Green Machine head into the game at the National Sports Stadium on Friday afternoon sitting second in Group B with three points, with Zamalek top of the standings with four points.
Zamalek, whom Caps beat 2-1 in their last game, also have three points, while Al Ahli Tripoli have picked up only a point from their two outings so far.
“We are playing a team that is desperate for points, so obviously it would be the toughest of the teams that we have played so far,” Kwashi told NewsDay.
“If we lose this one, it would be a huge setback to our chances, so we will have to win at all costs and that makes it the most important match for us because we can’t afford to drop points.
“Our competitors have also picked points against this side, and that means we also have to beat them to remain in the run.”
Kwashi did however caution against getting overconfident against the north Africans.
“But we are not underestimating our opponents. They drew against Zamalek, which means they are a quality side,” he said.
The Zimbabwean champions have been hit by injuries to their back-line, with defender Dennis Dauda out, while fellow defender Hardlife Zvirekwi as well as goalkeepers Edmore Sibanda and Jorum Muchambo, are all doubtful.