CAPS United begin preps

HARARE - CAPS United, relishing the prospect of ending an eight-year title drought, are scheduled to get back to serious business today as they re-group to begin preparations for the 2014 season.

Despite finishing the season empty-handed after crashing in the semi-finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup and coming short in the Castle Premiership title race, Makepekepe coach Taurai Mangwiro is hopeful of some silverware this term.

The Green Machine, who are reportedly facing a mass exodus of players, will re-group at Italian Sports Club for their first training session with a number of new players also expected to be present.

Defender George Magariro has joined How Mine following the expiry of his contract at the end of the year while midfielders Tawanda Munyanduri, David Redhiyoni and striker Tawanda Nyamandwe are understood to be negotiating with newly-promoted ZPC Kariba.

Industrious midfielder Moses Muchenje, whose contract with CAPS expired in December, is said to be on his way out with the army side Black Rhinos his likeliest destination.

Mangwiro, however, was putting a brave face yesterday and officially confirmed the return of former defender Asani Nhongo to the CAPS family while capturing the services of former Black Mambas defender Ben Nyahunzvi and Pervington Zimunya from Shabanie Mine.

The Harare giants have also returned the services of Keith Chikotora and Collin Dhuwa from loan spells at Masvingo United and Motor Action respectively.

“There could be some changes in the team but it all depends on who has left and who has not. We are starting our pre-season preparations tomorrow (today) and I think that’s where we can get a clear picture,” Mangwiro said.

“Our target is to keep the bulk of the players whom we had last season. We will see tomorrow when we begin our preparations. The good thing is that there are also other players who are willing to join us.

“I understand there are some players who are seeking greener pastures but we haven’t cleared anyone as of now. We will be guided by the movement of players at the club.

“We have, however, released Brian Mapfumo and Gift Phiri and we wish them all the best in their careers.”

The Green Machine’s 2014 aspirations have already been underlined by what appears to be an ambitious set-up after the club president Twine Phiri appointed a board of directors aimed at bringing stability to the team.

The Green Machine last achieved success in 2005 when they won back to back titles under Charles Mhlauri.

Comments (1)

Thank you for keeping us hoping for stability, tranquillity, and a state of respectability at this once mighty club. But our major worry is sponsorship. May the directorship instil that much needed sense of security to current players and prospective new recruits. Please mr Twine Phiri run this team professionally. We wish all the best. Go KepeKepe Go

MPOFU - 15 January 2014

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