Makatuka back at CAPS

HARARE - CAPS United defender Steven Makatuka yesterday finally pitched up for the club’s pre-season training to give the club a boost, quashing rumours linking him with a move away from the club.

Makatuka, alongside striker Dominic Chungwa and defender Ronald Pfumbidzayi, missed the team’s first week of pre-season training and had been reportedly eyeing moves away from the Green Machine.

The trio are part of seven players suing their club over unpaid signing on fees and wages from last season in a case referred for arbitration by the Labour Court last week.

There was however no sign of Chungwa and Pfumbidzayi at their newly adopted training ground at the Reserve Bank Sports Club in Mabelreign.

Team manager George Gumbo told the Daily News that the other two players will be joining their teammates anytime this week.

“Like I have said before it is a transfer season and there is rampant speculation,” he said.

“There are no players who have asked to leave, even those who are owed by the club. The group is together, everyone believes in our project. Makatuka trained with the team today but he was said to be at How Mine.

“I am in touch with these guys are we are expecting them to start training this week. Pfumbidzayi is still nursing an injury and Chungwa has excused himself. They are still CAPS United players and very committed to the cause of the team.”

United appointed former Black Leopards coach Mark Harrison to lead the team for the next three years and will be assisted by former players Fungai Kwashi and Brenna Msiska.

Harrison becomes the second British coach at the Green Machine in recent times 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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