CAPS seek 'windfall' profit again

HARARE - CAPS United are hoping to cash in on Malawian prodigy Gerald ‘Papa’ Phiri Jnr, who they have sent out on trials in Poland after just three appearances for the Green Machine.

The Harare giants, who paid Mighty Wanderers $20 000 for the services of the highly-rated attacking midfielder in June on a four-year deal, are ready to release the 19-year-old wizard in the current European pre-season transfer window for a profit of not less than $150 000.

Phiri flew out of Harare on Tuesday accompanied by a CAPS representative for a trial stint with an undisclosed Polish top-flight side, club chief executive Joel Makuvire confirmed to the Daily News on Wednesday.

CAPS have in recent years become a breeding ground for players to move abroad, with the club having made profits in the last five years from the sales of such players as Khama Billiat, Nyasha Mushekwi, Tafadzwa Rusike, Oscar Machapa, Method Mwanjali , Gilbert Mapemba, Simba Sithole and Lionel Mutizwa – who all moved to South African clubs in recent times.

United’s willingness to part with $20 000, a hefty transfer fee by Zimbabwean standards, was motivated by their conviction that they can, as has become the norm at the club, make a good profit if they sell the winger-cum-forward to South Africa or Europe.

Such is the high esteem in which Phiri is held that Wanderers general-secretary David Kanyenda said the Blantyre club would be entitled to 15 percent of the transfer fee in the event Phiri moves abroad as “he is a world-class player; in a few years, he should move to South Africa or Europe.”

While such a deal for Phiri would boost CAPS’ coffers, it will likely raise questions about the club’s ambitions, especially in a season they have shown potential to challenge for honours again after an eight-year barren spell.

United last won the Zimbabwean league title under the stewardship of Charles Mhlauri in 2005, completing a remarkable double that year following another conquest the previous season.

Comments (1)

People should leave Caps United alone and look at their own affairs.What one should take into account is that when a player excels he should be offloaded for a fee which is what Caps is doing.As long as it is not within the relegation zone,let those players who afford the chance of going to other places and clubs do so.

abbie makiwa - 15 August 2013

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