Twine denies CAPS' crisis

HARARE - CAPS United president Twine Phiri has described as “baseless” reports that the club is facing serious financial problems due to mismanagement.

In a season that promised so much at the four-time Zimbabwean champions, Makepekepe however find themselves in familiar state of disarray, with players last week threatening to boycott a league match away to Bantu Rovers in Bulawayo over unpaid salaries and bonus.

The 6-0 drubbing by FC Platinum in the ZNA Charity Shield on Saturday summed up the crisis at one of the country’s best supported football clubs. 

Under coach Taurai Mangwiro, Makepekepe have this term launched a sustained title challenge, but the latest disturbances could dent that charge. They last won the championship back in 2005 under Charles Mhlauri’s tutelage.

The players’ industrial action, the second this season, has been caused by dry coffers at the club.

But Phiri, who has chosen to stay out of newspapers throughout this crunch time at his club, yesterday broke his silence in an interview with this paper.

“Let us be honest, we are all living in Zimbabwe. Things are not okay in the country but somehow it seems CAPS is from another island,” Phiri told the Daily News yesterday. 

“The economy we are living in is abnormal, it’s not a secret. Times are hard everywhere else but as CAPS we are working tirelessly to resolve the issue.”

Phiri, who is United’s major shareholder, promise to pay all outstanding dues “by this week.”

“We are going to settle everything this week. Everyone will be happy, trust me. It will soon be a thing of the past. We are managing the team with my partner and we want see everything going the right way,” Phiri said.

“My dream is to see CAPS United sustaining itself from the income that it generates. It is very possible because football is now big business. A team is more like a company and it should run itself not for me to keep on pumping money into its coffers.

“Keeping on financing the team is actually a recipe for disaster. You need to look back and see what happened to some of teams who did that previously. The team needs to stand on its own.

“We are actually working towards winning the championship. We have a good chance of winning the title and we are all behind the technical team and the players in their quest for the title.”

CAPS currently sit in fourth place on the log table with 38 points, four behind leaders Dynamos.

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