CAPS after Manuvire

HARARE - Title-chasing Castle Lager Premiership side CAPS United have joined the race to sign want-away Harare City playmaker Raphael Manuvire.

Manuvire handed in his transfer request last week after falling down the perking order in new coach Moses Chunga’s plans.

The 2015 Soccer Star of the year nominee has not made Chunga’s squad in the last four matches which prompted him to look for an early exit from the club after serving half of his one-year contract.

CAPS United are willing to sign the midfielder to bolster the Lloyd Chitembwe’s options upfront as they bid to win their first championship since 2005.

Joel Ngodzo has been the preferred in the attacking midfield role at Makepekepe this season but the former FC Platinum man has been subdued in recent weeks.

Manuvire could give Chitembwe another besides Ngodzo to operate in the hole behind the strikers.

The Green Machine will however, have to contend with Manuvire’s former club ZPC Kariba and FC Platinum , who have also shown an interest in the playmaker, according to his handler Farai Mushaninga.

“We are still discussing with a couple of local Premiership clubs, who have shown lots of interests in securing the services of Manuvire but most importantly we will be guided by what the player himself wants then advise on what we feel would be the right move for him,” Mushaninga told the Daily News yesterday.

“CAPS United, ZPC Kariba and FC Platinum have all indicated they would want to give the player a go during this transfer window.”

But before Manuvire can expect to move to a new team when the second round of the 2016 league campaign resumes, he has to negotiate his exit from the Sunshine Boys which Mushaninga believes will be smooth.

“We are not worried about the transfer clearance from Harare City at this point in time because they are aware of his determination to move,” he said.

“We have always had an amicable relationship with them and I’m sure everything will go according to plan.

“The player wants to play football, his desire is to progress to even greater heights hence anyway where he’s guaranteed of game time would be the likely destination.”

At the weekend, Manuvire told the Daily News of his frustration of not playing when he had been one of City’s standout performers since joining at the start of the year from ZPC Kariba.

“It’s difficult to come to terms with how I suddenly fell down in the packing order from a first team regular and not to be found anyway near the bench and as a professional footballer whose life hinges of game time, I had a talk with my coach Chunga at training and asked for a transfer,” he said.

“I have served the club for almost half of my contract and would be prepared to pay back the other half since I was paid all my money for the duration of the contract.

“I still harbour intentions to play for my country but I reckon it will be very difficult without game time.”

The talented midfielder will be a great asset to whichever team that will finally land his signature.

The former Douglas Warriors and Mwana Africa playmaker is one of a dying breed of local midfielders that is blessed with a final killer pass.

Manuvire also has an eye for goal and can easily reach double figures per season from midfield.

His cultured left is deadly from set pieces.

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