CAPS United now in danger

HARARE - It is high time Twine Phiri the CAPS United president and his advisors admit that there is a serious problem at the club.

Elsewhere in today’s edition, we carry a story which details the Labour Court judgment in the matter involving CAPS and seven players; Kelvin Bulaji, Dominic Chungwa, Stephen Makatuka, Tendai Samanja, Tafadzwa Dube, Ronald Pfumbidzayi and Dominic Mukandi.

The players are owed various amounts of winning bonuses and signing-on fees from last year.

In his verdict, Labour Court Independent Arbitrator Kenneth Nhongo slammed the CAPS United administrators for unfair labour practices.

“It is important to mention that the manner in which Respondent (CAPS United) has treated its players is disconcerting and reprehensible and must be deprecated.

“Players sacrifice their limbs on the soccer pitch because it is a job for which they must be paid,’ said Nhongo.

“I am of the firm view that it is very wrong indeed and unacceptable for club owners and administrators not to pay the players what is, contractually, agreed by both parties.”

Reading Nhongo’s verdict it points to the fact that Makepekepe acted in an “unscrupulous manner” when dealing with this case.

At the start of the week, two former CAPS directors also filed a lawsuit at the High Court demanding $143 000 from the club.

Last week, Makepekepe players refused to take to the field to take on How Mine in Bulawayo in protest over unpaid salaries and bonuses.

This episode brought about a lot of embarrassment to the league since SuperSport had scheduled to broadcast the match across Africa.

A few weeks earlier, CAPS were also embroiled in a messy “divorce” with their principal sponsor Zing, a South African mobile technology firm.

Zing pulled the plug on the arrangement citing a lack of professionalism at CAPS.

Phiri is also chairman of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL), and it is under his leadership that the league must strive to reach world class standards.

Charity begins at home and how will Phiri be able to lead the PSL when his own club is in a shambles?

All these issues point to a club that is spiralling out of control while the owner and administrators continue to act as if everything is in order.

Comments (1)

How do you operate in this harsh environment . Go and cheq their accounts and you will find out that they are actually dry. What is thriving in Zim is politics only dzeZAN ndo nyaya yasara. Ska todya izvozvo here.

Unopenga chete - 13 April 2015

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