Caps make climbdown as row set to end

Staff Writer

THE sponsorship wrangle involving defending champions Caps United, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and mobile telecommunications companies Econet Wireless and Net*One is due to be resolved today

ahead of the resumption of league action this weekend.


Caps will today submit a written proposal to the PSL management committee, suggesting ways that the impasse could be resolved. The PSL management committee will then forward the proposal to Econet, the league’s sole sponsor, to decide whether Caps will be finally allowed to play in the league.


The Harare side are said to have already climbed down on their earlier defiant stance to carry the logo of Econet’s rival Net*One on their kit during their league matches.


PSL secretary-general Chris Sambo said hopes were high in the league that the wrangle will end today, allowing Caps to launch the defence of their premiership title in a match against promoted Buymore at Gwanzura Stadium tomorrow.


“We don’t know what they will come out with (Caps’ proposal), but we certainly hope that it will be something practical that can allow us to move forward,” Sambo said.


Caps president Twine Phiri could not be reached for comment yesterday, but the club’s general manager Joe Makuvire confirmed that a solution was being worked out.


“A lot of positive things are happening behind the scenes. At the end of the day we want to produce a win-win payoff for all the stakeholders in the dispute. We are very positive that we will play on Saturday (tomorrow),” Makuvire said.


Meanwhile, league matches resume this weekend with Dynamos and Monomotapa, the only teams to collect maximum points after the first two games of the season, going all out to affirm their worthiness.


Dynamos have a tough assignment against Motor Action at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday, while Monomotapa travel to Kwekwe for a tricky fixture against Lancashire Steel at Baghdad.


The Dynamos/Motor Action match is by margins the game of the week, going by the formbook. Big-spending Motor Action beat Dynamos 2-1 in the an Independence Trophy quarter-final tie in Mutare last week and have their tails up coming into their first league meeting with DeMbare.


A fortnight ago the Mighty Bulls were unlucky to share the spoils with former champions Highlanders who they dominated for most of the game in a match zestful national team prospect Clement Matawu put up another dazzling show in the midfield.


The most encouraging thing about Eric Rosen’s men is that the best performing players in the team so far are retaining players from last season who seem to have been urged on by the arrival of new highly rated players in the off-season.


Dynamos will look up to chief striker Norman Maroto, midfield anchor Leo Kurauzvione and new boy Mtshumayeli Moyo, who have started the season on a high.


Buddie PSL fixtures:

Saturday — Sundowns v Chapungu (Luveve), Railstars v Masvingo (Babourfields), Buymore v Caps (Gwanzura)

Sunday — Hwange v Black Rhinos (Hwange), Lancashire Steel v Monomotapa (Baghdad), Highlanders v Kadoma Wildcats (Barbourfields), Shabanie v Amazulu (Maglas), Dynamos v Motor Action (Rufaro).