CAPS line up Mutasa

HARARE - Former Dynamos midfielder and coach Lloyd Mutasa has emerged as front runner for the vacant CAPS United coaching post in what could set the club on a collision course with fans at the volatile team.

Makepekepe, who finished in third place in the just ended 2014 Castle Premiership season, are searching for a replacement for Taurai Mangwiro, who quit the club two weeks ago to join fellow Castle Premiership club Harare City.

Mangwiro’s resignation caught the Green Machine by surprise and the club is now running around to tie down a replacement before end of year.

Newly-appointed chief executive Joel Makuvire, who has recently bounced back at the club, has been at the forefront of the club’s hunt for a new coach.

A club source told the Daily News yesterday that Mutasa, who resigned from FC Platinum in August, could make a surprise return to the top-flight with Makepekepe.

But Mutasa could face resistance from die-hard CAPS fans who have been clamouring for a coach whose background is firmly rooted at the club.

Mangwiro, who like Mutasa also played for Dynamos, often clashed with a section of the club’s fans due to his links with the Glamour Boys – bitter rivals of CAPS.

Fainos Mangena fan, a Philosophy and Ethics professor at the University of Zimbabwe, called on the club to appoint a home-grown coach in an article contributed to this paper last week.

“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,” wrote Mangena, prominent CAPS United fan.

“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.”

But Mutasa appears to be well and truly in the race to replace Mangwiro.

“Mutasa is now the frontrunner to replace Bla Tau and the club CEO is likely to sit down with him anytime soon,” said a highly-placed source.

“Although CAPS were reportedly reluctant to hire a coach with a Dynamos background, Mutasa’s emissaries have approached the club saying that he is willing to join.

“The one thing that Mutasa has got on his side is the fact that he has a good record against Dynamos, which has caught CAPS’ attention.”

CAPS last beat Dynamos in the league back in 2009 and during that period the Glamour Boys have gone on to dominate their city rivals.

During Mangwiro’s stay at CAPS, he failed to change that, contributing to the frosty relationship with fans and probably also led to his departure.

“I would also like to think that I deserve to be at a club where there is peace. You saw the turbulence during the last campaign. I wouldn’t want to take anything away from CAPS United, get me right there, but it was there for everyone to see,” Mangwiro said at his Harare City unveiling last Wednesday.

Mutasa and Makepekepe are however, considering joining forces in the hope that their fans will give the coach a chance to establish himself.

In the event that he delivers that much sort after derby victory over DeMbare next season, then the union would be sealed to last the distance.

Meanwhile, CAPS are also said to have made an offer to former Dynamos coach Kelvin Kaindu, but the Zambian’s financial demands are reportedly out of reach for the four-time Zimbabwean champions.

Kaindu, who was sacked by Bosso towards the end of last season, is reportedly asking for a hefty $7 000 salary and a winning bonus of $1 200.

Former Makepekepe coaches Lloyd Chitembwe and Gishon Ntini are also some of the coaches that have been sounded out alongside ex-Hwange and Platinum coach Tenant Chilumba.

Chilumba left the country in June 2013 after resigning from Platinum to join Power Dynamos in his native Zambia.

The Zambian is reportedly eyeing a return to Zimbabwe if the offer from Makepekepe is lucrative.

Comments (5)

Hey CAPS guys i am supprised you are whinching about hiring Loyd Mutasa what else can you do if you can not nature and brew coaches from CAPS United. Look guys the whole Castle Lager Premier teams are coached by former Dynamos kids 1.Masimba Dinyero 2. Loyd Mutasa 3.Bigboy Mawiwi 4.Taurai Mangwiro 5. Biggie Zuze 6.Moses Chunga you can name them on and on so i would advise you hire LLoyd Chitembwe though he is lacks respect of players who by the end of the day make him get paid. I understand he is very rud and rough to players.

Chimutanda - 16 December 2014

so I was lost all along. I thought Kaindu was with Bosso no hear that he was on Dynamos payroll

mbatatisi - 16 December 2014

Blood is thicker than water, what do you think we can achieve with these De-mbare prodigal sons? How many Dembare sons have been hired so far and what was achieved? Have ever listened to some of them commenting after leaving Makepe-kepe. Give any one of the following guys and I tell you you will see a change Lloyd, Alois, Brenna, Chigwenje............Consider these before its too late.

Wadzanayi Kamoto - 16 December 2014

Caps forever!! Cry my beloved team! Lodza for Caps!! GOD forbid. Better someone from the back of beyond, who never played for the arch rival.

Alf tin mak - 19 December 2014

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