'No big name signings for CAPS

HARARE - CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro says the Green Machine will not go all out in search of high-profile signings in the off-season, but insists they will be in with a chance of winning the title next season.

Although Mangwiro and his team experienced a turbulent season in 2013, the former Monomotapa and Masvingo United gaffer believes United emerged a stronger unit from those disturbances and will prove a different kettle of fish next season.

Makepekepe had an indifferent campaign in 2013 that began with the club having to operate without Mangwiro, who was serving a suspension due to his involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.

Mangwiro returned to the dugout in April and positioned United into a good position to challenge for the title.

But cash flow problems, however, crippled the club with players going on industrial action at crucial stages of the season. That phase saw the Green Machine lose ground against the leading pack before finishing fifth on the log table.

“We are still working on improving our squad, and we have a base of young players who are eager to make names for themselves,” Mangwiro told Daily News yesterday.

“These players can have a special bond and they are on the way upwards, they are not over the hill. They will be better next year and that is why I am confident we will be stronger next season.

“We had a fantastic end to the season. Our target now is to transfer that confidence to the start of the new season next year and it is vital for us to have a good start.

“We have a strong squad and if we are to strengthen our team we will have to look at our juniors. With or without additions we can be title challengers next season.

“We are not looking for namesw. What is more important is the quality of the player. It’s better to promote quality youngsters from our juniors than going on the market for so-called big names.”

Despite finishing the season empty-handed after crashing in the semi-finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup and coming short in the league championship race, Mangwiro is hopeful to make the cut next year.

Mangwiro also dismissed rumours of mass exodus of players and revealed he is in constant contact with his men and expects everyone to report for pre-season training on January 15.

“There is no player who has left the team. Those are mere speculations. I am in touch with the boys and everyone is looking forward to an exciting 2014,” added Mangwiro.

Comments (1)

yeah Feke Feke will be in with a chance to win the championship,that good talk from good dreamer,after all dreaming is not a sin,so who can blame Big Tau.

jerry murs - 2 January 2014

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