Mangwiro slams CAPS players, fans

HARARE - CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro has slammed the behavior of his players and fans before and after the league defeat to Triangle on Sunday.

Makepekepe players refused to proceed with their journey to Chiredzi for Sunday’s match at Gibbo Stadium over unpaid bonuses and salaries.

The Green Machine were supposed to leave the capital on Saturday morning but the players demanded to see club president Twine Phiri first.

At the meeting Phiri offered the players $50 each but this did not go down well with defender Ronald Pfumbidzayi.

Phiri reacted by directing the technical staff to drop the full back from the travelling party.

The rest of the Makepekepe squad declined to continue with the journey in solidarity with their axed teammate.

The squad finally left Harare at 9pm after some deliberations with the club bosses. 

“I felt at this point in time we needed to focus on playing football. It’s not the players were wrong to ask for their dues but it shows there is an anomaly with the way things are being run,” Mangwiro told the Daily News yesterday.

“These are the things that affect our team especially at this crucial stage of the season. We are in a good position to win the championship. We don’t want to have these clashes where players ask for their money.

“We hope to pick up in the next fixtures but it’s not something that will be easy considering our situation at the club.”

Shortly before kick-off, a number of Makepekepe supporters confronted the players as they wanted to mete out instant justice.

The supporters were alleging that the players had been paid by Triangle officials to lose the match.

In the end, the police had to step in to quell the situation as they made a number of arrests.

It was not the ideal preparation for such a crucial match for the Makepekepe players, a situation Mangwiro slammed.   

“Also the supporters; their behavior was uncalled for clashing with the players. I would want sanity to prevail at the club.

“I know people get disappointed when we lose matches but it’s not we would want to lose the matches. I am surprised that some people doubt the players’ commitment to the club.

“But if you have watched that match against Triangle. They played fairly well just that we couldn’t hold on to our lead.

“We need the supporters especially at this point. The other time it was a board member, then come Twine Phiri, Mangwiro and now it’s the players. We are one family and we should move as a family.’

With Sunday’s defeat, Makepekepe lost valuable ground to catch up with log leaders Dynamos, who were held 1-1 by relegation-threatened Chapungu.

Makepekepe remained in third placed on the log with 45 points while DeMbare moved to 50 points. Second-placed ZPC Kariba is on 47 points.

A win over Triangle would have meant that CAPS would have moved into second place and trail DeMbare by only two points.

The Green Machine’s season which had showed a lot of promise is now slowly unraveling owing to their off-field troubles.

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