Mangwiro seeks to end CAPS' title drought

HARARE - CAPS United are hopeful of ending their eight-year championship drought this season by winning the 2014 Castle Premiership title, coach Taurai Mangwiro says.

Despite losing several influential players in the off-season, Mangwiro is convinced the club will take big strides forward when the season gets underway at the weekend.

Makepekepe, who last won the title in 2005, will get their campaign underway with a tricky away assignment against newly-promoted ZPC Kariba. 

The Green Machine finished last season empty-handed after finishing the league in fifth place and reached the semi-finals of the Mbada Diamonds Cup.

“As a coach there is every reason to be confident. I believe we have assembled a strong team capable of competing at the highest level,” Mangwiro told the Daily News yesterday.

“Of course we lost some players but we also managed to retain the ones whom we felt are more important in order to achieve our targets. We have also acquired a number of good players and they appear to be doing well.  

“We have been very active during the off season in which we did fairly well with our major highlight being our trip to Malawi (for a pre-season tour) where we won that cup.

“We have also played a lot of games against Premiership and first division clubs. With the squad that we have assembled our target is to improve from last year. We would want to win trophies this season.

“We are ready to compete and we can only get better as the season progresses. In fact we can’t wait for the season to start.”

A lot has however happened at the Harare giants during the off-season. Nine players that formed the core of their 2013 squad have since departed, forcing the club to embark on an extensive re-building exercise.

Defender George Magariro joined How Mine following the expiry of his contract while midfielders Tawanda Munyanduri, David Redhiyoni and striker Tawanda Nyamandwe joined ZPC Kariba.

Industrious midfielder Benson Maglasi and hard tackling defender Arnold Chivheya moved to ambitious Harare City.

Wingers Rahman Kutsanzira and Gift Phiri joined Highlanders and newcomers Chapungu respectively.

The club was able to retain the services of key players such as Warriors defender Hardlife Zvirekwi and midfielder Moses Muchenje.

Makepekepe hasve also brought in exciting Malawi striker Ismael Thundwa and Zambian defender Modalise Mwanza.

Defender Asani Nhongo has re-joined the club and will be joined by ex-Shabanie Mine midfielder Pervington Zimunya as well as the former Hippo Valley pair of Tongai Magwendere and David Chipala. 

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.

And Mangwiro, aware of the task at hand, has also strengthened his technical bench by recruiting former Twalumba manager Mike Madzivanyika and Warriors’ goalkeepers’ coach Richard Tswatswa.

The club has also moved from their National Sports Stadium home ground and will now be based in Tafara at Lafarge.

Comments (1)

mangwiro is daydreaming,the title is DeMbare's personal property!!!

tttt - 2 April 2014

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