CAPS discuss way forward

HARARE - After a turbulent weekend which saw their players almost refuse to fulfil the trip to play Hwange at the Colliery, the CAPS United board meets today to map out a way forward.

Makepekepe players had refused to travel for Sunday’s match in protest over outstanding salaries and winning bonuses only to back down after the intervention of club president Farai Jere.

The club’s board chairperson Lewis Uriri admitted there were challenges at the club like at any institution or company in Zimbabwe but they will soldier on in the hope that they will capture their first league title since 2005.

“We have relied largely on shareholder funding but then also given the difficult environment that we are operating in, there have been delays in the payment of players’ salaries,” Uriri told the Daily News.

“That’s to the extent that we owe one month salary but knowing that it’s coming from an individual’s pocket with other interests outside football, I think we have acquitted ourselves very well.

“There are people that have got corporate sponsors that are still paying January salaries but no one is worried about them and no one is talking about them but when it’s CAPS United, it becomes an issue.

“People want to talk about us when we only owe one month salary and two game outstanding bonuses.”

CAPS went on to fulfil the fixture against Chipangano and emerged with a credible draw under difficult circumstances to  remain in second place on the  Castle Lager Premiership log just two points behind leaders Highlanders.

Uriri said match day running costs and levies gobble up most of their income especially during this period when number of paying fans is dwindling due to the cash crisis.

“We have small revenue lines like fans paying to watch our matches,” Uriri said.

“If say 10 000 people pay to watch; Zifa takes six percent, PSL take six percent, the Sports and Recreation take six percent and the police want five percent in fact when all the vultures have descended on the income about 40-42 will have gone.”

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