CAPS United lack ambition

HARARE - I was in Bulawayo when I read an article in Tuesday’s issue of the Daily News entitled: “CAPS line up Mutasa,” in which I was quoted by Nigel Matongorere as one of the prominent CAPS fans who is against the appointment of former Dynamos sons at CAPS.

For a minute I asked myself the question: Will I able to get to Harare on time to give my thoughts on why I continue to make noise against the idea of having Dynamos sons at CAPS?

Thanks Nigel for being spot on. I support CAPS and have no regrets. First, I wish to point out from the onset that I have nothing personal against Dynamos sons.

I have serious problems when the authorities that be at CAPS try to justify the hiring of Dynamos sons in the name of “business interests.” What “business interests?”

What is that kind of business that has no returns? For the past nine years, we have not done anything meaningful because of this “business interests” rhetoric and the CAPS brand continues to plummet while we are watching.

Where is our ambition as a club? Where does our bigness lie? Doesn’t bigness have something to do with preserving this brand? How do you preserve a brand like the CAPS brand?

The world over, ambitious clubs preserve their brands by, among other things, hiring coaches that best serve their interests in terms of culture, identity and  the production of good results. Why can’t we do that?

The world over, ambitious clubs also respect the opinions of their fans and the role they play in giving the club bigness.

Why can’t we do that? I cannot even imagine a former Barcelona player managing my beloved club Real Madrid or a former Manchester United player like Ryan Giggs, Garry Neville, Roy Keane managing my beloved Arsenal or a former Arsenal player like Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Ian Wright managing Manchester United. 

Coming closer home, a former CAPS player will not be allowed to coach Dynamos. That is a taboo. 

What is it with CAPS that they want to go against the world’s tradition and still expect to get good results?

Why do they want to go against the “force of gravity” and hope to remain mortal beings?

Coming to the issue of the CAPS United Supporters Association, I wish to state that I have never been in this association for the simple reason that the association, in my view, is just there for window dressing purposes, its not allowed to make important decisions for the club and this is despite the fact that the association represents the fans that, week in week out, make huge financial sacrifices to watch their beloved club.

Why should I be part of such an association when its views are not respected and it’s not consulted when crucial decisions, such as hiring a coach for the club, are made? 

Assuming that the association is consulted – as we are sometimes made to believe – I want to reiterate the important point that an association that is made up of genuine CAPS fans will not allow the executive to appoint coaches with a Dynamos link every time the need arises.

Such an association would ask the question: Why isn’t Dynamos doing the same? Why isn’t Highlanders doing the same? I can’t even imagine Willard Khumalo coaching Dynamos given the rivalry that exists between these two clubs.

Coming to the issue of Lloyd Mutasa, I want to admit that he is a good coach given the team he assembled at Dynamos in 2010 and at FC Platinum a few years later.

I like his type of play and besides he is a cool character.

However, those two qualities will not guarantee him success at CAPS. Mutasa thrives on identifying and nurturing talent and he would probably need something like a year or two to familiarize himself with the culture at CAPS and to build a competitive outfit.

During that time the team will lose some matches and he will, no doubt, clash with the CAPS fans given that their team has gone for close to a decade without a major trophy.

Besides, in the eyes of the CAPS fans, he is not any different from Taurai Mangwiro or Moses Chunga and if he fails to beat Dynamos during the time he will be re-building the team, he will lose the confidence of the CAPS fans and that will again be disastrous for him. Die-hard fans like

ZiSupa regreen, Mupositori and Gudo will not take kindly to any decision that will result in CAPS playing second fiddle to Dynamos in 2015.

While at managerial level, it will probably make “business” sense (whatever that means) to hire Mutasa, the truth of the matter is that the CAPS United brand will continue to suffer if good results (winning trophies) are not realized in the shortest possible time. CAPS United fans, just like their Dynamos or Highlanders counterparts, are very impatient.

The executive can go ahead and appoint Mutasa but that will not solve CAPS’ current problems. In my view, the club needs a coach with a “quick fix” kind of solution.

I still maintain that any of Lloyd Chitembwe, Alois Bunjira, Friday Phiri, Saul Chaminuka, Norman Mapeza and Josthein Mathuthu will produce good results for CAPS.

As a club we need to exorcise the ghost of the past that has seen us hiring below average coaches like Alban Mafemba, Fordson Kabole and Maxwell Jongwe. 

At the moment, we are a club that lacks ambition because we have allowed every Jack and Jill to be part of our establishment.

That will not happen at Dynamos, I can assure you.

The other point I wish to make is that CAPS is a very big brand to the extent that we cannot keep on celebrating being in top three or winning all our home matches.

That is not really important.  CAPS United are not Bantu Rovers, Chiredzi or Hwange. It’s a big club with a big fan base.

Coaching such a big club comes with a lot of pressure and high expectations.

*Professor Fainos Mangena teaches Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Zimbabwe. He supports CAPS United, Real Madrid and Arsenal. He can be contacted at fainosmangena@gmail.com. You can also chat with him at his WhatsApp messenger number 0775 885 953.

Comments (2)

Agreed big supporter. I think Mr Phiri need to be a bit away from the day to day running of this club and Invest heavily in those who respects the Caps Culture and Spirit. Also the junior policy to beefed up and we should have at least 5 players in our first team from the junior Caps Junior teams. The green Jersey should be given its yesteryear status.

justice perukayi - 21 December 2014

Why can't Caps produce a long list of former players as coaches, iam sure they have been around for a very long to have a long list of former players +100, what is the problem?, Does it mean only Dynamos have quality former players that can go on to became coaches, Caps management should do some soul searching. On the other hand thanks to Dynamos for operating a system that produces more coaches to the top flight league.

kadyamahara - 22 December 2014

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