CAPS to unveil new coach

HARARE - CAPS United are set to appoint a substantive coach this afternoon with Jostein Mathuthu leading a cast that also includes the likes of Gishon Ntini and Lloyd Chitembwe taking over at Makepekepe.

The Green Machine are without a coach after Taurai Mangwiro dumped them to join ambitious side Harare City in December last year.

Mangwiro took along with him his entire backroom staff that included assistant coach Mike Madzivanyika and goalkeepers’ coach Richard Tswatswa.

Without shedding more light on the identity of the new technical team, Makepekepe chief executive Joe Makuvire revealed that they would appoint coaches with CAPS’ DNA in their blood.

“We will announce our new technical team tomorrow (today) afternoon,” Makuvire told the Daily News yesterday.

“I cannot reveal names for now but all I can say is they are our former sons and they know the club’s culture. Our fans should not panic everything is in control.”

Mathuthu, who was with Black Rhinos last season is tipped to succeed Mangwiro at the helm while former midfielder Chitembwe and former striker Alois Bunjira could come in as his assistants.

Ntini, who was with Chiredzi FC last season, has also emerged as a strong candidate for the demanding job but negotiations are said to have collapsed due to his demands.

The former Shooting Stars gaffer, whose contract with the Chiredzi expired at the end of the year, started off as a junior coach at Makepekepe before serving as assistant coach to Charles Mhlauri in the 2004-2005 seasons.

The new Makepekepe coach’s first task will be to win the hearts of the hard-to-please United fans, who had a love and hate relationship Mangwiro due to his Dynamos background.

Another pressing matter for the incoming coach will be to assemble a competitive side for the forthcoming 2015 Castle Premiership season.

A mass exodus of players is looming at United with several players engaging the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe in a desperate bid to move away.

United have already lost midfield enforcer Tendai Samanja and goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, who both followed Mangwiro to Harare City, following the expiry of their contracts.

Samanja was part of the 2014 Soccer Star of the Year finalists after a brilliant season in which he helped the Green Machine to a top three finish.

Striker Dominic Chungwa, who was the club’s top goal-scorer with six goals in 2014, is pushing for a move to join rivals Dynamos.

Kelvin Bulaji has already completed his DeMbare move by signing a two-contract with the defending champions.

Comments (1)

All shall be well Makepekepe. After all is said and done, DeMbare bhora!

Kunda Kinde - 6 January 2015

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