Jere warns CAPS fans not to expect much

HARARE - This has been a season fans of the once revered Cup Kings of Zimbabwean football will want to consign to history.

A “clean-up exercise” that claimed the scalps on an entire technical bench mid-season and the expulsion of key players, coupled with an awful first half of the Castle Premiership season, saw United go off the rails.

And the whitewash season defeats at the hands of sworn enemy Dynamos, the latest being the 3-0 annihilation in the Mbada Diamonds semifinal at the weekend, further shattered the hearts of the Makepekepe faithful.

Yet, club co-director Farai Jere has warned the Makepekepe faithful to brace themselves for more, calling for “patience” as CAPS continue their rebuilding exercise into next season.

“Expectations at such a club like CAPS are always high,” Jere told the Daily News yesterday.

“This season has been difficult. We chased away those players and coaches. No one gave us a chance. But we fought our way out of relegation (and) when the results started coming, we lost our coach. You can’t underrate that. When we talk of football you talk of coaches and that affected us.”

Jere said rather than to malign, fans must take heart from CAPS’ showing in the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
“Actually to be in the last four of the Mbada Cup is commendable,” he said.

“The young players did very well. Some of these players were playing together for the first time.”

Jere says the club’s rebuilding exercise is in full swing, with the former pharmaceutical side having already acquired the services of three Zambian players to bolster their squad for next season.

“We have quite a number of players joining the team. We were assessing three players from Zambia and they should be joining us soon. We are also eyeing a couple of guys.  Next year the fans should not expect much from the team,” he said.

Jere warned of a massive cleanup exercise to weed out the “ageing” players in the side.

“We want to have an average of 23-year-olds. We need to move on. We can’t still have old players in the team.”

With the Castle Premiership teetering to an end, CAPS will this season have to contend with a bottom-half finish as they currently occupy ninth place with 35 points from 28 games.

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