Time CAPS make the right decisions

HARARE - CAPS United have been in the headlines for “helping” Dynamos win their fourth straight league title in succession.

Many theories have been thrown around to explain why CAPS have become Dynamos’ friend in need. The first theory says that Taurai Mangwiro, who coached CAPS United before his resignation last Friday, had Dynamos links having played for the club sometime back.

The second theory says that the current crop of players at CAPS did not come from the club’s junior ranks and so the players do not have CAPS blood and they do not know what it means to play for it. 

Before I make my submissions, I will explore each of these two theories, in detail. When Taurai Mangwiro accepted the job to coach CAPS, some two to three years ago, he knew that he was accepting one of the most difficult jobs in Zimbabwean football given the stature of CAPS as one of the biggest clubs in Zimbabwe. He, obviously, had heard about what Moses Chunga, who had coached the club before him, had gone through.

The accusations and threats he had received from CAPS fans each time the team lost especially to Dynamos and his unpleasant departure from the same club. Mangwiro accepted the job and the expectation was that he had learnt one or two lessons from the Chunga experience and was going to perform to the expectations of the CAPS United fans, “his employers.” Yes, “his employers” because in football, the fans have a role to play in the retention or sacking of a coach.

As fate would have it, Mangwiro failed to win the hearts of “his employers” because he was not able to beat the number one enemy – Dynamos, for the duration of his stay at CAPS except for once when he won in the ZNA Charities semi-finals. CAPS fans take a lot of pride in beating Dynamos even if it means missing on the title. It’s also the same with Dynamos fans. That’s what makes football exciting. Mangwiro also had problems with the CAPS Ufaithful because each time Dynamos needed a hand from him, he would gladly give it. In 2013, when Harare City just needed to beat CAPS to deny Dynamos the league title, CAPS played the game of their life and in the process handed the title to Dynamos.

In 2014, although Mangwiro did not sit on the bench as he was away on Fifa business, CAPS again played the game of their life to stop ZPC Kariba from denying Dynamos their fourth straight title under Calisto Pasuwa.

I salute the CAPS players for their professional approach to the game, but to the die-hard CAPS fan, like “ZiSupa re Green,” or “Mupostori wepa Copacabana”, professionalism is meaningless if it is only meant to benefit Dynamos year in year out.

It must also benefit the CAPS fans. The die-hard CAPS fan would argue that they are certain matches this year when the body language of some CAPS players would tell you that these guys were not up to it because they had not been paid their dues. The games against Bantu Rovers, Chiredzi and Shabanie quickly come to mind. The die-hard CAPS fan would ask this question: If it is true that there were some money problems at CAPS throughout the season, then what explains the polished performance against ZPC Kariba? Is fighting for a Dynamos cause more important than fighting for the preservation of the CAPS United brand?

Coming to the second theory, the current CAPS squad has virtually no one from the junior ranks, except maybe for Honey Chimutimunzeve, who was groomed by CAPS technical official Josphat Rwafa before he left to join Underhill and Black Mambas about six years ago. The rest are mere employees who have no attachment to the club. You know the attitude of some employees is that they are not concerned about the status of the company they are working for as long they are getting their dues at the end of the month and this is why some employees are quick to run away if the company faces challenges.

Way back, players like Friday Phiri, Joe Mugabe, Silver Chigwenje, Cheche Billiat, Morgan Nkhatazo and others would die for the cause of CAPS and would not do anything that would make Dynamos happy, even if it means getting nothing after beating their nemesis. The reason is that these guys got to know about the importance of preserving the CAPS brand at a very young age and they had green “blood” in their veins because of the nurturing they received during the time they played for CAPS junior teams. This is why they would not even cross the floor to Dynamos.

In short, we have mercenaries at CAPS who are masquerading as CAPS players. This trend has been there for quite sometime now, and this is why we have guys like Stephen Alimenda, Tafadzwa Rusike, Oscar Machapa, Simba Sithole, Clive Kawinga and Washington Pakamisa (all former CAPS United players) now at Dynamos. Most of these guys did not come through the CAPS production line and they did not know what it meant to play for CAPS. It will not be surprising to hear that three or more players in the current CAPS squad will play for Dynamos next year.

Some have asked me this question: does one only need to come through the junior ranks in order to be loyal to the club? My answer has always been a big NO.  Loyalty is also brought by mere love for the club. We have guys who came through the CAPS junior ranks who at some point deserted the club, namely: Leonard Tsipa, Pakamisa, Ashley Rambanapasi and others (their loyalty can be questioned) and yet we have guys who joined the club from elsewhere and remained loyal to it. Names that quickly come to mind are that of Lloyd Chitembwe, Alois Bunjira, Dumisani Mpofu, Brenna Msiska and others.

As we get into 2015, after the Mangwiro era, and as the CAPS executive sit to deliberate on the appointment of a new coach to take CAPS forward, I am hoping that the voice of reason will prevail. It will be in the interest of the club and its loyal fans to appoint a coach who knows about the CAPS United culture, preferably a former player like Phiri, Chigwenje, Msiska, Chitembwe and Bunjira – if they have the right qualifications.

If this fails, guys like Josthein Mathuthu, Norman Mapeza and Saul Chaminuka have the pedigree to bring the glory days back at CAPS. My choice of these three guys has more to do with the fact that they once had a successful stint at CAPS. Why not give them another chance.  It will be catastrophic to hire another Dynamos son to coach CAPS United. Do not say we did not warn you. CAPS need to be re-branded and its culture of yesteryear need to be revived.

*Professor Fainos Mangena teaches Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Zimbabwe and he supports CAPS United, Real Madrid and Arsenal. His e-mail address is fainosmangena@gmail.com and his WhatsApp number is 0775 885 953.

Comments (4)

Well said Professor Fainos. Caps Utd needs its own sons to coach it. Just like what Chiminya of Dynamos did & glory prevailed.

Newton Murangari - 9 December 2014

magona professor the other thing is they must not bring in former dynamos players plse also they must bring in a coach who have caps at heart as u have correctly said so guys no rush on choosing the coach take ur time lets meet 2015 at the same time let me take this opportunity to wish u a happy and prosperous 2015 all u CAPS UNITED FANS I LOVE U ALL

specialone - 9 December 2014

well said professor. It hurts most when dynamos sons openly betray us their paymasters when they are entrusted with coaching our team.never again should we have a coach with blue blood taking charge of our beloved green machine after these experiences.

Dodzo C. - 12 December 2014

well said professor. It hurts most when dynamos sons openly betray us their paymasters when they are entrusted with coaching our team.never again should we have a coach with blue blood taking charge of our beloved green machine after these experiences.

Dodzo C. - 12 December 2014

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