We need time to heal - Harrison

HARARE - CAPS United coach Mark Harrison says the Green Machine fans must not expect instant success as “they need to undergo a healing process first”.

Makepekepe returned to normalcy after Harare businessman Farai Jere acquired an 80 percent stake in the team to leave Twine Phiri with 20 percent equity at the weekend.

The two shareholders quickly appointed a seven-member board that will deal with the day-to-day operations of bringing to end cash struggles which had been rampant at the club.

Harrison, who also endured dark days during his short stay at United, says stability at board level will help the team find their feet on the field.

“We are normalising and it’s a great feeling,” the Briton told the Daily News.

“We should not expect an instant turnaround of things. We have to take one step at a time. Our situation is returning back to normal; it’s the beginning of new life.

“Everyone is happy at the team. Of course, we have always been doing our job but the players need to heal first. They are coming out from Intensive Unit Care (ICT) and they have to start again.

“It is a great relief no doubt about that. Everybody is happy but the important thing is we have got a job to do.

“I hope we will quickly settle and keep on with the good work like we have been doing lately.”

After 11 matches, United are in eighth place on the log with 16 points and this weekend they travel to Bulawayo to face Castle Premiership debutants Tsholotsho FC at White City Stadium.

Harrison saluted his players for the way they have conducted themselves despite the difficult conditions they have faced in recent months.

“These players are fantastic; I think the best I ever worked with. Their commitment is unbelievable and their work ethnic unquestionable,” he said. “You can never ask for better players.”

The Briton said they are now looking forward to their next match against Tsholotsho in Bulawayo.

“We have to quickly focus on our next match. We are playing away again in Bulawayo and it will not be an easy match,” he said.

“Look what they did to Dynamos. If they come to Harare and hold the defending champions it means we need to respect them. We are preparing and we hope to go there and come up with maximum points.”


Friday: Harare City v Chapungu (Rufaro Stadium)

Saturday: Chicken Inn v Buffaloes (Luveve Stadium), FC Platinum v Highlanders (Mandava Stadium), Dynamos v Triangle United (Rufaro Stadium)

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