Caps United have begun the hunt for a new coach to fill in the gap left by Taurai Mangwiro who is serving an Asiagate ban.
Mkhupali Masuku was expected to start the season as the head coach but the Harare giants have decided not to elevate him to the hot seat, preferring to look elsewhere.
After cutting their wage bill considerably by getting rid of six senior players, Caps are looking to start on a fresh page with younger players and a new coach, as they seek better fortunes after years of relegation dog fights.
Independentsport has learnt that some of the fired players, dismissed after industrial action over delay of salary disbursement, were earning as much as US$2 000 in salaries added to winning bonuses, and had been earmarked for the chop even before the clash.
Caps entered some of the contracts during Farai Jere’s involvement with the club, but after his exit the Harare giants are looking to do tear up such deals.
Players at teams like Dynamos and Highlanders get an average of US$600 as salaries in addition to winning bonuses of US$300 per match.
Striker Washington Pakamisa has set his sights on joining Caps’ bitter rivals Dynamos whom he trained with yesterday, while captain Tapuwa Khumbuyani has been spared the axe.
“Those players were always going to go even if they had not engaged in that industrial action,” said club president Twine Phiri. “This is not a rich club and those players are free to join the rich clubs. Caps are going to employ players that share its vision. There were many over-paid players here whose performance was not commensurate with what they were getting.
“Caps has been fighting relegation for many seasons with these so-called stars so it’s time to give the youngsters a chance under a new coach. We will advertise for that post and hope to have a head coach in place soon. We have offered Mkhupali to remain as assistant.”
Phiri would not go into details of what the players were getting, but said they preferred to keep players willing to work hard and produce results which he said they would reward.
Caps have been on the prowl for young players from lower divisions and some from the Castle Lager Premier League.
Some of the senior players that survived the chop that claimed Asani Nhongo, Itai Chiwara, Shingi Kawondera, Nqobile Mpala and Luckson Kaisa, are Rahman Kutsanzira, Khumbuyani, Blessing Zabula, Hardlife Zvirekwi and Leonard Fiyado.
Former Caps midfielder Lloyd Chitembwe has been in and out of the Caps dressing room but this time he is unlikely to bounce back as the Green-Machine administration looks for fresh ideas.
Top coaches jobless at the moment include Norman Mapeza, who still has to serve a few months of his Asiagate ban.