Reconcile for the good of CAPS United

HARARE - The strike by CAPS United players this week, demanding their outstanding dues, is another chapter in a sad tale for the club and Zimbabwean football in general.

Not only does the latest development highlight the plight faced by the perennially overburdened Zimbabwean footballers, it also exposes the sheer arrogance, duplicity and lack of sensitivity on the part of those in the position to alleviate the players’ suffering and give them a sense of well-being.

On Thursday, the players besieged the offices of former co-director of the club, Farai Jere, pleading with the Harare mogul to help them out of their predicament.

Because of the bad blood between CAPS and Jere following the two parties’ acrimonious split last year, the club reacted with unrestrained anger to the players’ action; accusing them of clandestinely seeking audience with a man who is no longer part of the club, therefore, as the undertone suggests, capable of becoming a bad influence.

Thinly-veiled accusations of an unholy alliance between Jere and the players were uttered in the heat of the moment.

If there is any substance in these allegations, we believe, then it is well within CAPS’ rights to institute a probe and punish anyone found on the wrong side of the law.

But without taking sides, we unreservedly sympathise with the players on this one, and feel that any measures to be taken must recognise that the players, many of whom are reeling in poverty and face eviction from their residences due to non-payment of rentals, are the victims here.

In their desperation, the players approached a man they acknowledge had their welfare at heart during his time at the club.

Jere might have left the club in a huff, but in their hour of need, the players turned to him, perhaps as a brotherly figure, after other avenues had failed.

This brings us to the underlining issue, the relationship between Jere and Phiri.

The players’ clear sign of desperation to turn to Jere is indication that CAPS still need their chief sponsor. The two, Jere and Phiri, must let go their inflated egos and reconcile for the good of the club.

Football in Zimbabwe is seriously underfunded, and under these circumstances, the game needs every available cent.

Anyone willing to put their money in a game of football — in these trying circumstances — and in a country with other areas of higher priority, must be embraced — not vilified.

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benard dube - 21 September 2013

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