Harrison ponders CAPS exit

HARARE - Mark Harrison says while his heart is at CAPS United he could be forced to quit over unpaid salaries and ongoing financial problems at the club.

Harrison, who was visibly disgruntled, during an interview with the Daily News yesterday, regretted that in spite of his commitment and dedication to the club some elements could not find pleasure in his hard and selfless work.

United are experiencing serious financial challenges and Harrison, who joined the club from South Africa at the start of the season is owed at least a two months’ salary.

Harrison, has been credited for transforming Makepekepe into a formidable side under harsh circumstances, but now fears for his wellbeing as he now faces eviction for failing to pay his rentals.

“I don’t want to quit but I got to a point where I have to and I think that’s what Twine wants,” Harrison told Daily News yesterday.

“I think Twine has to be frank with me; it seems he has constructed my dismissal where he would starve me out of the club.

“It seems he doesn’t want to sack me because he will be in for lawsuits. I think he is trying to starve me out of the club, literally. He wants me to appear as the one breaching the contract when in actual fact has breached everyone’s contract.

“I really don’t know where it’s going. He doesn’t address issues that’s the problem. He just sweeps everything under the carpet. It’s a crazy, crazy scenario which we are in and I don’t see where it will end. Maybe in battling that’s all I can say.”

Harrison, who had coaching stints with South African Super Diski clubs Chippa United and Golden Arrows, says he has been given until tomorrow to either pay for his rentals or move out of his Borrowdale apartment.

“The landlord told me I should leave on Wednesday (tomorrow). He came to the house this morning (yesterday) and told us to leave unless if we come up with some money. I have been under a lot of pressure for some time now and I don’t know where we are going from there,” he said.

“I am getting to a point where if Twine doesn’t come up with something then I have other two things either to look for another job in Zimbabwe or get out of the country.

“He got to be frank with me because even if I am to fly out I don’t even have money. I am at the point where I will go and knock at the Sports ministry’s door to ask for help. That’s how bad the situation is.

Harrison’s wife Julie added that they were sold a dummy by Phiri into signing the contract and if they knew about it they would not have come here.

“We come here in good faith and signed a three year contract. Like he said he never asked for big money but ever since we came here. To be honest he had lucrative offers in SA. He is owed money and we don’t even know what to do next,” she said.

Harrison added: “When we came this side, Phiri had sold me the vision of what he wanted to do and bring my experience and the European model of how we run the clubs. He wanted professionalism where we start by building youth structure upwards.

“It’s a long term process and that’s why I had agreed because I am sick and tired of moving and that’s what excited me. It was averaged deal. I could have tripled that in SA but it was the long term which made me to want to come here.

“If it was about money I would not be sitting here in the first place. But since I have been here it turned out not to be how I expected.

“CAPS is a massive institution and their fans are fantastic and that’s what huge clubs in Europe does. But unfortunately we are running like a Vodacom team in SA. In fact Vodacom teams are better because they are well structured.”

Twine Phiri could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone was not reachable.

Comments (2)

this is so bad for a foreigner

gulalikabili - 13 May 2015

Highlanders are struggling in thee coaching department. The guy may be a solution to the Basso problems

Mbiko - 14 May 2015

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