Harrison calm despite CAPS off-field woes

HARARE - Mark Harrison insists he is unperturbed by the off-field problems bedevilling his CAPS United side ahead of Sunday’s clash against FC Platinum at the National Sports Stadium.

After edging Whawha 2-1 at Ascot Stadium last weekend, morale among the United faithful was dampened after South African-based firm, Zing, severed ties with the club this week under unclear circumstances.

The partnership which was unveiled only last month, was meant to see Zing coming in as the club’s main sponsor for this season.

The deal was widely expected to bring in financial stability to the Green Machine whose title chances over the last two seasons was dented by the club’s balance sheet as players resorted to industrial action after going for months without receiving their salaries.

Morale has been reportedly at its lowest ebb in the Green Machine camp but Harrison was putting on a brave face yesterday after the team’s workout saying it would not break their momentum.

“It’s disappointing for everyone that it collapsed for which ever reasons; I am not aware of it,” Harrison said yesterday.

“I think everyone looked at it bringing financial stability to the club but for whatever reason it collapsed, it’s not our problem because on the playing field we have got to carry on with the job.

“I am sure the club is working hard in the background to make things right. We have got to trust the club at what they do off the field and they have to trust us as well on what we do on the field.

“I don’t wanna cross over the lines. My job is on the training and playing field; their job is to ensure stability at the club.

“So far I think everything is fine. We need to go game by game and try and collect maximum points where we can.

Harrison, said his side is geared up for his next league assignment adding he has added the experienced quartet of Ashley Rambanepasi, Zvikomborero Biseki, Thabani Moyo and Leonard Tsipa to his squad.

The platinum miners drew 2-2 with premiership debutants Dongo Sawmills in their season opener at Mandava last weekend.

“They are probably one of the better sides in the league and they have been fortunate enough to play in the Caf Confederations Cup which gives them a competitive edge,” Harrison said.

“It’s gonna be a tough encounter for us and I am sure we need to be at our best to get a result.

“We are re-building and I think after five or six matches, things will start taking shape. I think it’s important we have a good start without putting too much pressure on the guys.

“We have brought in four more players which brings competition to the guys. We are working hard.

“(Leonard) Tsipa, Thabani Moyo, Biseki and Ashley Rambanepasi are the guys we have signed. We are also in the process of registering Justice Jangano and another DRC player.

“These players have a fantastic attitude and they lead the youngsters by example.”

Harrison also cleared the air on Ronald Pfumbidzayi following reports that the left wing back is pushing for a move out of the club.

“Ronnie is here I’m sure you have watched him training today (yesterday). He is a young guy playing for the national team and he wants to progress his career. I spoke to him and told him to be patient.

“Chiefs (Kaizer) are interested in him, they couldn’t sign him because they exceeded their foreign quota and we will have to see what develops between now and the next window.

“I don’t stand in anybody’s way who wants to better themselves. That’s the nature of the game. The important thing is you need to be patient and wait for your opportunity and when I spoke to him he was comfortable with that,” added Harrison.

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kwadaz - 28 March 2015

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