CAPS courts Samanja

HARARE – Following Harare City’s relegation from the Castle Lager Premiership, speculation has arisen about certain players futures.

One of those players is the key man, Tendai Samanja. The midfielder has impressed many in the just ended season which comes as no surprise and is now heavily linked with a move back to his former club CAPS United.

The Sunshine Boys are faced with a difficult task to keep most of their stars having opted out of the Caf Confederations Cup and concentrate on Division One football next season after being relegated from the Castle Lager Premiership in the just ended season.

CAPS United

CAPS United

City had qualified to represent the country in Confederation Cup after crowned Chibuku Super Cup champions following a 3-1 win in the final against How Mine but they opted out to fully concentrate on working towards a quick return into the top flight.

Already left back Edwin Madhanhanga, who had an outstanding season for City, is being linked with a move to champions FC Platinum while other senior players like Martin Vengesayi, Jimmy Tigere and Maxwell Nyamupadengu face uncertain future at the club.

And Samanja is the latest player to be linked with a move away from the Sunshine Boys with sources close to the goings-on saying negotiations with CAPS United are set to start soon for a possible return to the Harare giants.

Samanja, who left Makepekepe three years ago to join Harare City, still has one year left on his contract but it is believed the midfielder is not keen on returning to division as several clubs are interested in his signature.

And while other clubs like Ngezi Platinum Stars and Triangle are also believed to be interested in Samanja it is however the Green Machine that appears to be in a pole position to land the midfielder.

“He is certainly on his way to CAPS United. Efforts to bring the player back are already underway and something should happen very soon,” said a source close to the deal.

“As you are aware that some players will not be renewing their contracts with CAPS at the end of the, so Samanja has already been earmarked as one of the senior players to join the team.”

But despite the speculation, Harare City chief executive Tafadzwa Bhasera insists no club has approached them yet.

The Green Machine, who finished fifth on the log table a distant 14 points behind eventual winners FC Platinum, find themselves in a fix as some of their key players like Dominic Chungwa, Devon Chafa, Moses Muchenje, Joel Ngodzo and Valentine Musarurwa among others could all leave for free during this off-season as their contracts are set to expire on December 31.

Soccer Star of the Year finalist Chafa is already being linked with a move to Ngezi Platinum Stars. The Daily News understands that Ngezi Platinum Stars have earmarked Chafa as their main target as they seek to assemble a strong squad that can fight for the title next season.

After surrendering the title fight to FC Platinum towards the end of the season, Ngezi coach Tonderai Ndiraya has since set his sights on winning the championship next season and is not leaving any stone unturned in a bid to achieve his set targets.

Chafa was one of the standout players for Makepekepe both in the league and the African Champions League where he put in some outstanding performances.

Chungwa has also been linked with a move outside the country after he bagged the Golden Boot award with 17 goals.

Striker John Zhuwawo, who showed a lot of potential after he was registered by the club in the second half of the season, is believed to be nearing a move to South Africa’s Absa Premiership side Ajax Cape Town.