Harrison faces eviction

HARARE - CAPS United coach Mark Harrison faces eviction from his Borrowdale apartment due to non-payment of rentals.

With the Harare giants experiencing financial challenges, Harrison, who joined the club from South Africa at the start of the season has not been spared and has since been given a notice by his landlord to pay up by Thursday or vacate the house.

Without giving finer details of his rental figures, Harrison told the Daily News yesterday that he owes his landlord rent for the month of April and is now in a catch 22 situation “since a new month is approaching”.

Harrison, who last week told this paper the club was at a serious risk of disintegrating if a solution to the cash problem was not found, said he now fears for his wellbeing.

“My landlord told me I should look for the money or a new place,” a dejected Harrison said.

“I am in a difficult position now where I don’t know my next move. I am seated here with my wife pondering the next move. We might end up on the streets. 

“I have got nowhere to go. The most difficult thing is that I am a foreigner and I don’t know whether I should leave the country or what.

“What I need now is help. I am now in a difficult situation whether I should look for a new job or what. I am running around trying to see if I can get the money by Thursday.”

If Harrison does not pay his rentals by Thursday, he risks getting into a similar predicament like that of Irishman Sean Connor, who was evicted from his lodge in 2012 after Makepekepe stopped paying his rentals.

Harrison, who had coaching stints with South African Super Diski clubs Chippa United and Golden Arrows, says he has tried talking to the club president Twine Phiri but to no avail prompting him to approach the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).

“I can’t keep on working on empty promises. Every time I try talk to Mr Twine (Phiri) he tells me ‘I am taking care of it’. It’s very frustrating I tell you.

“I always find myself talking to the players before our matches to convince them to play. I am spending more time talking to the players than doing my job on the field. It’s really difficult for me.

“I have also engaged Zifa to try and see if they can bail me out but nothing has materialised.”

Contacted for comment, Phiri insisted everything was in order at the club.

“There is nothing like that happening at CAPS United,” said Phiri.

Harrison, a former player with English south coast Premiership side — Southampton — joined Makepekepe at the beginning of the season to replace the former technical team led by Taurai Mangwiro.

Ironically, Mangwiro and his lieutenants ditched United for Harare City after enduring a turbulent time with the Green Machine, again, over monetary issues.   

The Briton maintains he has a good project in place which might just collapse due to monetary constraints.

United are in eighth place on the log with eight points after six matches despite the cash problems.

Comments (1)

Phiri ngaasiyane na Tafadzwa Mapako formerly Macheso. Pose paenda amai ava vanhu vanosara vachichema. Ask Slomo and team, amai ava vaodya munhu kusara asina kana pantie chaiyo. Phiri seek advise from Macheso regarding this woman. Siyana naye before its too late.

Silver - 29 April 2015

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