CAPS United Special Report: 'Twine has failed'

HARARE - Most of the CAPS United supporters feel club president and majority shareholder Twine Phiri has failed the club.

The Makepekepe followers feel the late club legends Shaky “Mr Goals” Tauro and Joel “Jubilee” Shambo must be turning in their graves at the current state of affairs at the Green Machine.

Craig Katsande: “It’s a saddening chapter in our local football that a big team like CAPS United fails to pay players and a coach they hired at the expense of local coaches.

“Twine should just leave the team to those who can run it well. Secondly, for a team owned by the PSL chairman and a Zifa board member, this shows us the lack of seriousness on the part of the custodians of local football.”

Another United fan, Dile Svovanepasi said: “Twine should look for new investors. I am sure there are people out there who are willing to partner United.”

“CAPS is a big brand and if a formal approach is made, I tell you, a lot of people are willing to come on board.

“It seems he (Phiri) can’t let go because of maybe money he has invested but very soon the club will be in Division Two.

“He needs to admit that he has failed and seek new partnerships whilst the brand is still attractive.”

Innocent Rukuni feels Phiri has overstayed his welcome at the Green Machine and he should let Farai Jere, who has a 25 percent stake in the club, handle the day-to-day affairs of the team.

“Twine Phiri ari kuita mafunnies neteam yedu. Ngaabaye asiye team. (Twine Phiri is not being serious with our team. He should just leave),” he said.

“Look, the players want to leave and Phiri is not doing anything. He is quiet, as if everything is normal at the club.

“Anytime from now, the team might be liquidated because of debts.

“He should let Jere handle the business while he takes a back seat.”

Wellington Magaraba, a staunch CAPS fan, said: “The state of the economy is not favourable. It was always going to catch up with CAPS United at some point.

“We have not been doing well since our last championship and in the process we lost a lot of supporters.

“The team’s performance has kept a lot of supporters from coming to their matches.

“Unlike the other two giants, Dynamos and Highlanders, who are getting something from their sponsors, United have no sponsor and it’s difficult especially in an economy like ours.

“Phiri has held onto the team for too long. He failed to allow a fresh capital injection into the team. He failed to accept the dynamics of change in ownership.

“The evidence is there and he should have read between the lines. Look at clubs like Motor Action, Douglas Warriors, Monomotapa among others, who were owned by individuals.”

“The solution is very simple. Look, CAPS is a big institution and Phiri must look for partners even if it means he holds less equity.”

Tomorrow, CAPS will have to begin life without start striker Roderick Mutuma when they take on high-riding Chapungu at the National Sports Stadium.

Mutuma, who joined the club at the start of the year from Dynamos, quit Makepekepe after going for many months without a salary and winnings bonuses.

Former Makepekepe players speak
Godknows Matarutse

FORMER CAPS United utility player Mpumelelo Dzowa says Twine Phiri should have made contingency plans to ensure the club remained financially viable.

Phiri is battling to save the club as creditors are pushing for the liquidation of the Harare giants at the High Court.

Last month, the club was ordered by the Labour Court to pay six players a combined $60 000 or they could face more legal woes.

With no end in sight for the current cash problems, Dzowa feels Phiri should have been proactive rather than wait until it reached to this alarming level.

“I’m very disappointed it has come to this. Twine is a seasoned businessman. He should have seen it coming and made timely decisions to avoid a crisis.

“If I had the resources I would have bought the club yesterday. The club is saddled with huge debts and the economy is not helping either.” According to the former defender, who is now based in the United Kingdom, Phiri will be a big loser if the liquidation goes ahead.

“As the situation stands, no offers are on the table to buy the club. The smart move would be either to offer the club to a coalition of those owed money or those willing to step in to save the brand.

“I understand it is very hard to let go but the reality is the brand is much larger than his ego, we must save it.”

Carlos Max, another former United defender, feels the liquidity crunch in the Zimbabwe economy is the main reason why Makepekepe find themselves in this current situation.

“Unfortunately, there is not much I can say as with the current economic climate in Zimbabwe,” he said.

“There’s very little Twine Phiri can do, even if he does what most CAPS supporters think he should do which is to sell the club.

“He can only do that at a very reasonable amount as he has invested a lot in the club over the years so he will need to get some form of return.

“Financial problems are not at CAPS alone; it’s affecting all clubs in Zimbabwe.

“Personally, I feel that private ownership of clubs has been the downfall of Zimbabwean football,  and until such time as clubs can be wholly company sponsored and administered, then the situation won’t change.”

‘Msiska, Kwashi sabotaging CAPS’
Austin Karonga

Prominent CAPS United supporter Elijah “Mupositori Kepekepe” Mutasa is convinced the club’s assistant coaches Brenna Msiska and Fungai “Tostao” Kwashi are sabotaging the Green Machine.

Mutasa, who is ever present at most of United matches, blamed the recent spates of rebellion in the Makepekepe dressing room on the pair.

Star striker Roderick Mutuma, who joined at the start of the year from arch-rivals Dynamos, quit the club on Tuesday saying he can no longer stand the ill-treatment of players at the club.

The usually vocal United supporter said Msiska and Kwashi are not happy that coach Mark Harrison appointed former Highlanders coach Mark Mathe as part of his backroom staff.
“We have Msiska and Kwashi fuelling discord in the camp. They influence the performance of a certain clique of players because they are not happy with the presence of Mark Mathe at CAPS.

“For instance, 19 players travelled with the team bus to Mutare but were told they would not play before the gang of six (Hardlife) Zvirekwi, (Dominic) Mukandi, (Stephen) Makatuka, (Gerald) Phiri, (Ishmael) Thindwa and (George) Nyirenda arrive at the venue.

“Zvirekwi, Mukandi and Makatuka should also be shown the exit door because they are the ring leaders of this gang of six.

Mutasa added: “Mutuma wanted the players who had arrived early to get on with the match but Kwashi reported them to the gang of six upon their arrival and that is why he’s no longer attending training sessions at the moment.

“In my view its either Msiska or Kwashi should go particularly the young Kwashi; he is sowing a seed of hatred in his short stint with us.”

Buck stops with Twine Phiri
Fainos Mangena
CAPS United, my beloved local football team, is on the verge of collapse.

Listening to coach Mark Harrison’s ZTV interview on Monday night, I was left convinced that major shareholder Twine Phiri and his chief executive officer Joe Makuvire have reached a dead end as far as running the affairs of this club is concerned.

They have tried their best under very difficult circumstances where sponsors are scarce because of the prevailing harsh economic environment.

My heart bleeds for the technical team and the players who, we are told, have gone for months without getting their dues.

This is not fair given the amount of effort that Harrison has put to ensure that CAPS United remain competitive despite these challenges.

Phiri should respect Harrison for the positive influence he has had on the players despite his failure to support the team financially.

Just a few days ago, Roderick Mutuma, one of the key players at CAPS United quit.

It seems as each day passes, CAPS United’s crisis is getting worse. I can go on and on citing the numerous problems at CAPS United but this will not take us anywhere.

All we need to do is to try and look for possible solutions to this crisis.

A few weeks ago, Phiri admitted he was tired of running this club and that people were free to make inquiries with a view to buying the club.

He also said that the Zing deal collapsed because he was “told” not to accept it.  For the first time, Phiri admitted that he was no longer able to bankroll the team.

I liked the frankness and forthrightness he demonstrated.

Two questions, however, remain unanswered: Was he sincere that the club was on sale? Was he telling the truth that he (alone) was not responsible for the collapse of the Zing deal?

It is important to address these two questions since these are the same questions potential sponsors may also be asking.

It is my hope that when Phiri announced on radio that he was pondering selling the club, he had also consulted Farai Jere, one of the shareholders at CAPS United and that the two had agreed on that move.

We need to hear Jere’s version in order to determine Phiri’s sincerity in making that announcement.

It is also in our interest to know what is going on between Phiri and Jere as far as shareholding is concerned.

Phiri must just swallow his pride and give Jere at least 50 percent of the shares and this club will survive.

There is no point in holding on to something that one has no capacity to run.

We also need to know what really transpired with regard to the Zing deal because there seems to be no truthful information regarding the collapse of the deal.

Now, this has the potential to scare away, potential sponsors who may be afraid that the same thing that led to the collapse of the Zing deal may also happen to them.

Only the truth will give potential sponsors assurances that their interests will be protected if they enter into a sponsorship deal with CAPS United.

I do not think that people are not interested in CAPS. My thinking is that Phiri must put his house in order first before he can expect to get serious sponsors. 

The buck stops with him.

*Professor Mangena teaches Ethics at the University of Zimbabwe. He supports CAPS United, Arsenal and Real Madrid. He can be contacted at






Comments (5)

I have supported CAPS United from the time they also used to don a red uniform. This is the team that used to give local and continental teams some headaches in the early 1980s. With a weeping heart, I am now watching my favourite team in intensive care.

machakachaka - 18 May 2015

The 2 Mugabe boys are big fans, ask them to do something. If their father cancells one foreign trip that will be enough to save the club.

Black Diamond - 18 May 2015

haa twine should go before we demand his head

mukepekepe - 18 May 2015

Iim not a Caps supporter bt i surely sympathise with Twine, he should look for investors bt one thing i know is that at this stage sharks want buy the club for a song. Caps is a brand and if he has to sell it he has to get something back he invested a lot of money and he just cant lose out.He indeed has soccer passion and for us to just critisize without offering solutions is a non stater.As supporters why dont u orgainise fundraising activities lets sa if all supporters pay $3 towards per week towards the team dont u think that can help.Food for thot

Pablo - 18 May 2015

The local Psl league has 16 teams. 10 [ Flame lily, Whawha, Chapungu, ZPC Kariba, Buffaloes, Harare City, Hwange, How mine, FC Platinum,Triangle ] are wholly or partially owned by an institution with ties to local GOVERNMENT. This set up tells a lot about the situation of top flight league of ours. If the economy does not improve in the near future we will have 13 GVT linked teams. maybe Black boots, Mambas or Rhinos again Tsholotsho, and Dongo are new to this expensive league of ours and Dongo already is showing signs of crumbling. Zimbabwean teams are managed by money generated somewhere and mostly not by the club itself and if that source of income runs dry everything else falls apart. Caps united followers must approach their team's problems with caution. Firing Twine will not solve their problems. I think its time for religious Caps fans to raise their hands and bring transport and share the wages bill of players and staff. The reality at Caps is money is finished just like any other privately owned company in the country that are closing shop.

X-MAN IV - 18 May 2015

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