CAPS seek change of fortune

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe champions CAPS United will today hold their second management meeting inside a week with the club’s leadership admitting they are desperate to turn around the Green Machine’s fortunes.

The club’s chief executive, Max Mironga, said the meeting will review United’s forgettable 2012 season and try to find ways of assembling a squad capable of challenging for honours in the upcoming season.

Makepekepe placed themselves among the front runners for the championship during last year’s pre-season, only to end up battling against relegation in the later stages of the campaign.

Despite investing in seemingly capable players like Blessing Zabula, Rahman Kutsanzira, Luckson Kaisa, Conrad Whitby and Hardlife Zvirekwi, CAPS eventually settled for a disappointing 10th place on the final log standings.

The Green Machine last tasted success in 2005 when they won back-to-back titles under the guidance of Charles Mhlauri before taking a dip in form that has virtually left them a pale shadow of the former Cup Kings.

Makepekepe even introduced a European flavour last season after hiring Irishman Sean Connor, but the union ended acrimoniously mid-season.

 “There are quite a number of issues that we need to discuss as we seek the way forward especially after poor showing last year,” said Mironga.

 “We are going to deliberate on the best possible preparations that we can have for this year. We will also touch on new players and the technical team itself. It is our hope that we assemble a strong squad that can stand the heat in the Premiership and fight for honours this year.

 “Preparations for the new season will resume next week and there are issues that we need to clarify first. No players have been signed yet, but negotiations are underway with several players.

“There are Zambian players whom we have engaged and they have shown interest in joining us but nothing concrete has been agreed. I can’t divulge names of those we are targeting, but new players will be unveiled next week when we begin our preparations.”

Jeff Akapelwa and goalkeeper Kalililo Kakonje are the two Zambians who impressed the Green Machine during a trial stint last year.

Makepekepe are reported to have embarked on a buying spree as they seek to revive their brand and several high profile players are linked with moves to the Green Machine.

United have already secured the services of exciting Pamushana High School student Takudzwa Mahoni, a left-sided attacking midfielder who captained his school and was voted best player at the RG Mugabe National Under-20 championships last year.

CAPS have also recalled Norest Mukwezaramba who was on season loan to Blue Rangers while negotiations for the Monomotapa trio of Tawanda Nyamandwe, Hillary Mugoniwa and Tendai Ngulube are said to be at an advanced stage.

 Blue Rangers striker David Temwanjira as well as the Gunners trio of Wellington Kamudyariwa, Moses Muchenje and Willard Gondo are also believed to be headed for Makepekepe.

The Green Machine have also not given up on their coach Taurai Mangwiro, who was slapped with a 10-year ban from football activities for his alleged role in the Asiagate scandal.

Mangwiro has since appealed against the ruling with support from the CAPS management but for now, assistant Mukhupali Masuku will be in charge of the team pending Mangwiro’s appeal.

Mironga also revealed that the Green Machine are on the verge of striking a sponsorship deal for the upcoming season. - Godknows Matarutse

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