CAPS delay naming coach

HARARE - The 2015 Castle Premiership season is fast approaching but CAPS United have continued dithering on announcing a substantive coach, a development that has left the club’s fans worried.

With less than two months before the new season gets underway, United have kept their fans guessing on the identity of their new technical team, which putting the club’s preparations in disarray.

Club chief executive Joel Makuvire had earlier told reporters that the new set of coaches would be unveiled yesterday only to be cancelled at the eleventh hour without giving any explanation.

Public relations officer Joice Kapote then sent a press release, stating that unveiling will now be today.

The Green Machine are without a coach since the highly-rated Taurai Mangwiro left to join ambitious side Harare City last month.

Mangwiro, who endured a difficult spell at the club last year, took with him his entire backroom staff of assistant coach Mike Madzivanyika and goalkeepers’ coach Richard Tswatswa.

This current position is likely to give the new coach a difficult task to assemble a competitive squad for the upcoming season as he will not have sufficient time to study the players.

Makepekepe are reeling under serious financial challenges and are believed to still owe a number of players signing on fees, bonuses and allowances resulting in a lot of players to push for an exit.

There is already a mass exodus of players looming at the Green Machine with several players engaging the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe demanding to be released. 

The Green Machine have already lost four of their key players from the previous season in which they finished in third place, their best finish since they last won the championship nine years ago.

Striker Dominic Chungwa, who was the club’s top goal scorer with six goals last season, is pushing for a move to join rivals Dynamos while striker Kelvin Bulaji has already completed a move to Dynamos on a two-year deal. 

Tendai Samanja, who was part of 2014 Soccer Star of the Year finalists after a brilliant season, and goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, have both followed Mangwiro to Harare City after the expiry of their contracts.

Meanwhile, Jostein Mathuthu, who was with Black Rhinos last season, is tipped to succeed Mangwiro at the helm while former midfielder Lloyd Chitembwe alongside ex-club striker Alois Bunjira could come in as his assistants

Former coach Gishon Ntini is also being mentioned in some circles as a possible candidate.

While United are struggling to tie down a new coach their biggest rivals Dynamos and Highlanders have swiftly moved to appoint their new technical teams and preparations for the upcoming season are already in full swing.

The Glamour Boys recently appointed David Mandigora to succeed Calisto Pasuwa and they have already completed the signing of four new players ahead of the new season.

Bosso have also announced what appeared a strong technical team led by former Zimbabwe Saints player Bongani Mafu.

Harare City have also made their intentions clear by appointing a star-studded technical team led by Mangwiro and the Sunshine Boys are also busy on the transfer market.

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