Makepekepe re-group for pre-season training

HARARE - CAPS United are scheduled to get down to serious business when they re-group to begin preparations for the 2015 season today.

The Green Machine, who are reportedly facing a mass player exodus, will re-group for their first training session with a number of new players expected to be present.

Makepekepe are reeling under serious financial challenges and are believed to still owe a number of their players signing-on fees, bonuses and allowances from last season causing some senior players to push for exit.

It will also be the first time that new Makepekepe coach Mark Harrison gets a chance to assess his squad after his appointment earlier this year.

The Briton, who was recently in charge of South African side Black Leopards, took over from Taurai Mangwiro, who quit Makepekepe for Harare City at the end of last year. 

Harrison will be assisted by former United players Brenna Msiska and Tostao Kwashi after Mangwiro vacated with almost all his backroom staff.

Msiska is putting on a brave face and is confident they have assembled a team that can mount a serious title challenge.

“We are re-grouping tomorrow (today),” Msiska told the Daily News.

“We are not really worried about who has left the club. We are a big team and we will always attract good players. I think the departure of these players will create avenues for others to shine.

“We are finalising on where we can meet but for now ZB Bank Sports Club is the most likely venue. All I can say to our fans is that they should not panic.”

The Green Machine have already lost some 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.

Tendai Samanja, who was one of the 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.

Honey Chimutimunzeve and Nicholas Alifandika who were on loan during the second half of the season have also signed for Harare City while skipper Tapuwa Kumbuyani signed for ambitious Bulawayo side How Mine.

Other key players like Hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Pfumbidzayi, David Chipala among others are reportedly unsettled and considering moving away from the club.

Harrison becomes the second British coach at the Green Machine after Northern Irishman Sean Connor, who was fired in 2012 following a string of poor results.

The English-born gaffer, who has in the past developed a reputation of moving from one club to the other, told the Daily News upon his appointment on his desire to turn Makepekepe into a formidable side in the country.

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