Harrison quits CAPS United

HARARE - Mark Harrison has resigned from his post as CAPS United coach and is now linked with a possible move back to South Africa.

The Green Machine released a press statement last night, written by club board chairman Lewis Uriri, confirming the Briton’s departure.

“Notice is given to the CAPS United Family and the broader football fraternity that on Sunday June 14 2015, I received coach Mark Harrison’s resignation as CAPS United Football Club coach,” reads the statement.

“A resignation, by its very nature, is a unilateral act which requires neither the employer’s consent nor concurrence therein.

“Coach Harrison has, in his resignation, cited the damage to his personal and professional life occasioned by the unfortunate operating environment prior to the appointment of the present board at CAPS United FC during the first four months of his tenure.

“Additionally, coach Harrison has taken into account certain personal and professional imperatives that he feels he cannot compromise on.

“The Board of CAPS United Football Club (Private) Limited wishes Coach Harrison the best in his future endeavours.

“The Board of CAPS United wishes to advise that Mark Mathe takes over as caretaker coach until the end of the season. He will be assisted by Brenna Msiska.”

Harrison was appointed by the club just before the 2015 Castle Lager Premiership season commenced.

The former Black Leopards coach lead the Green Machine to back-to-back wins over Whawha and FC Platinum in their opening two matches.

The club’s precarious financial position began to take centre stage when United players refused to take to the field in a league match against How Mine in Bulawayo at the beginning of April.

Makepekepe players were protesting against their unpaid salaries and winning bonuses.

With major shareholder and president Twine Phiri struggling to find an investor, the situation deteriorated at the Green Machine.

Harrison together with the players were owed various amounts of money by the club.

At the height of the problems last month, star striker Roderick Mutuma, who was the club’s marquee signing at the start of the season, quit CAPS. 

Normalcy finally returned to Makepekepe after Harare businessman Farai Jere acquired an 80 percent stake in the team to leave Phiri with 20 percent equity.

Efforts to get a comment from Harrison last night proved fruitless as his mobile phone was not been answered.

The Englishman had, however, hinted he wanted out of the Green Machine in the past.

“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,” Harrison told the Daily News in April.

“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.”

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