Fans mull financing CAPS

MUTARE- CAPS United supporters are mulling going beyond just cheering to offering their cash-strapped team financial support until it secures a sponsor, the Daily News has learnt.

The Green Machine’s supporters here are hosting a meeting on Saturday afternoon at the Mutare Museum to map out how their contributions will be administered as they are not keen on placing them into the club’s main coffers.

The Makepekepe fans said their team’s image had been badly battered as a result of recent squabbles over money.

“We want to agree on the minimum contribution from each fan so that we support our team during this lean financial spell until at least the team gets a sponsor,” CAPS United Supporters’ Mutare Chapter secretary general Jonathan Bakacheza said.

“As supporters, we are either hurt or lifted by the team’s performance so this is for our happiness.

“This is our initiative and we are hoping that if this is replicated across the country then we can hold fort until a new sponsor comes on board.”

The Mutare Chapter’s vice-chairperson Clement Saunyama said the plight of the players has moved them to take the initiative to move to their aid.

“We are deeply hurt by the club’s failure to give players their salaries and bonuses after working so hard for the team. We hope to raise money that we would administer to give to the players when they fail to get their salaries or when the club fails to raise money for their away fixtures,” Saunyama said.

He added that they want players to concentrate on winning games for the supporters than spend more time bickering over salaries and bonuses with the club officials.

After a bright start to the season in which they won their opening two matches, United’s season began to unravel at the start of this month when players refused to take the field against How Mine at Luveve Stadium in Bulawayo.

The Makepekepe players were protesting over unpaid salaries and bonuses.

CAPS coach Mark Harrison on Tuesday told the Daily News that the club was at a serious risk of disintegrating if a solution to the cash problem was not found quickly.

“We have been working hard recently on the field but you get to a point where you ask yourself until when?” asked Harrison.

“It’s massively difficult to motivate hungry players. I have never seen anything like this in my football career in the last 38 years.

“They come to training hungry. I feel like one of their fathers but it seems I have failed these youngsters. It’s really a bad situation. Players are owed money. I am owned money. We are in the same situation.”

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