CAPS United, still reeling from their ill-fated tour of the United Kingdom that saw six first-team players staying behind last week, are facing a further crippling player exodus with Malawian
international midfielders Joseph Kamwendo and Hadji Tambala reportedly on their way out of the club.
Sources close to the club said Caps and Zifa officials are battling to curtail the possibility of further desertions by the players who returned from the trip but could still find their way back to the UK on their one-year multiple-entry visas issued for the ill-fated tour.
But Caps general manager Joel Makuvire yesterday told IndependentSport that his club would not stand in the way of any player who decides to leave the club.
“We do not hold jurisdiction over players’ travel arrangements,” Makuvire said. “They are free to travel anywhere, at any time, as long as they are approved to do that. Our role is strictly administration and honouring the players’ contracts with us. We don’t have control over their private lives.”
Six Caps players – David Sengu, Raymond Undi, Silent Katumba, Artwell Mabhiza, Elton Chimedza and Tichaona Nyenda – failed to return to Harare after going to the UK for a friendly match against domestic rivals Highlanders, who also returned home without two players, Luckson Mutanga and Dalisizwe Dlamini.
The British Home Office in London this week said “steps are being taken to identify, locate and remove” any of the eight players who disappeared in the UK.
Both Kamwendo and Tambala confirmed to this paper yesterday that they are preparing to leave the reigning league champions.
Kamwendo could be finally signing for South African side Moroka Swallows, while Tambala is said to have struck a deal with an undisclosed club in Mauritius. He has already passed a mandatory HIV test required to get a work permit in Mauritius.
Kamwendo, a young player gifted with deft ball skills, has been a revelation at Caps this season, while countrymen and former teammate at Malawi’s Telkom Wanderers, Tambala, has mostly risen from the bench to stir Caps to victory.