Makatuka goes AWOL

HARARE - The future of defender Stephen Makatuka at CAPS United is in further doubt after he failed to show up for training during this past week.

With the Green Machine currently reeling under serious financing constraints, it seems Makatuka has followed the footsteps of striker Roderick Mutuma, who quit the club two weeks ago.

Mutuma, who joined Makepekepe from Dynamos at the start of the season, said he was leaving the club due to unpaid salaries and bonuses.

The Green Machine players are owed various amounts in salaries, winning bonuses and signing-on fees as the financial problems at the club have hit alarming levels.

CAPS United coach Mark Harrison said he has not heard from the defender since their 2-0 home defeat to Chapungu last Sunday.

“Makatuka has not trained with us for the whole week; I have not heard anything from him,” he said.

“At the moment, I don’t know where he is and I don’t think he will even return. We will have to find out what's up before we make any decisions about what happens next.”

United are already depleted as they do not have skipper Hardlife Zvirekwi, who is away with Warriors in South Africa for the Cosafa Cup.

Defender Ronald Pfumbidzayi still in Belgium for trails and will only return on Tuesday.

“We are trying to do our best under the circumstances,” Harrison said ahead of the side’s trip to Vengere Stadium to face Dongo Sawmills on Sunday.

“We are preparing as normal and we are just waiting for the club to come up with something. I have had a meeting with Twine (Phiri) and Joe (Makuvire) and I think they are pro-active about the situation.

“Of course it’s difficult for the players but we need to soldier on like that for now.”

On their game against Dongo Harrison said: “It’s gonna (sic) be a tough match against Dongo. It will be a bit of a battle. I think it will come down to character and the will to win from the players.”

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.

Tomorrow: Chapungu v Flame Lily (Ascot Stadium), ZPC Kariba v FC Platinum (Nyamhunga Stadium), Buffaloes FC v Harare City (Sakubva Stadium,) Hwange v Chicken Inn (Colliery Stadium),

Sunday: Highlanders v Whawha (Barbourfields Stadium), Triangle United v How Mine (Gibbo Stadium), Dongo Sawmill v Caps United (Vengere Stadium)

Monday: Dynamos v Tsholotsho (Rufaro Stadium)

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