Zvirekwi predicts CAPS bright future

HARARE - CAPS United midfielder Hardlife Zvirekwi believes the club can still be a force to reckon with in the upcoming new season despite losing several key players during the transfer window.

Zvirekwi was one of the senior United players who attended the team’s first training session at the Reserve Bank Sport Club yesterday under the watchful eyes of assistant coaches Fungai Kwashi and Brenna Msiska.

Among those who trained was former striker Leopard Tsipa, who helped the club win two league titles under Charles Mhlauri in 2004 and 2005 before later joining Dynamos in between stints in the UK and locally. 

Kwashi and Msiska were standing in the absence of newly-appointed coach Mark Harrison, who is reportedly to be still in South Africa and is only expected to assume his duties on Thursday after being granted with work permit last week.

There was an overwhelming response at the team’s training ground with more than 50 hopefuls turning out to try their luck with the Green Machine.

“I think 2015 is a new year with new things, technical team, players,” Zvirekwi told the Daily News yesterday.

“I think it’s going to bring everything new considering where we are coming from, what we have been going through as a team. This year promises to be a new year with new beginnings.”

George Nyirenda, Moses Muchenje, Jorum Muchambo, Dominic Mukandi and Takudzwa Mahori were some of the players from last season who attended the club’s first training.

Striker Dominic Chungwa, who had been linked with a move to rivals Dynamos, attended the training but did not work out with the team.   

Meanwhile, Tsipa made a surprise appearance yesterday, training with the first team amid indications a deal has already been sealed. Goalkeeper Itai Chiwara also trained with the first team.

Some of the well established players who were in attendance include former Dynamos defender Tendai Gwata alongside ex-Chicken Inn star Charles Mutero. Former Gunners striker Tapiwa Mangezi and Admire Dzumbunu, who was at Gunners, also trained after failing to make the grade at champions Dynamos. 

“Football life is always about movement and players move from one team to another. All that matters is how you are going to replace them. We need to focus on what is at hand,” he said.

“It will be a tall order; it’s not going to be easy. Most of the guys who are coming will be looking up to us as senior players in the team. We have to lead by example. 

“If one comes and join a big club like CAPS United, there are certain demands that are required and I think these guys will meet required standards.”

Zvirekwi also revealed the pain of watching the Africa Cup of Nations from a distance.

He said: “It’s not an easy thing as players not to be part of the Africa Cup of Nations. It’s difficult seeing other countries competing in such a big tournament from home when we knew we could have been there.

“I hope we will be able to do better in the years to come.”

Comments (1)

A strong CAPS is good for the league and the nation

Liberty Shungu - 22 January 2015

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