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Things fall apart at Caps

Itai Dzamara

ZAMBIAN-born coach, Fewdays Musonda last week sent a relative to collect his property and family from Harare, marking the end of his short-lived affair with Caps United, “Makepekepe”. <

It is reported he is now contemplating his next move while in his native country.

That comes against a background of uncertainty crippling the former champions both on and off the field.

Wellington Chando, the team’s secretary general confirmed to IndependentSport that Musonda had quit.

“I don’t know how he took away his property – whether he sent a relative or came by himself. We suddenly found the house empty,” said Chando.

“It’s been difficult to come to terms with the fact that he has decided to cut ties with us the manner he did because we had a very good relationship.”

Efforts by Caps United owner Twine Phiri, to cling onto the former champions are only exacerbating the quandary in the face of a streak of poor results, while at the same time the club’s followers, usually respected for their good behaviour are baying for his head.

With nine defeats out of 22 league matches – five of them from the last six matches, Phiri and his colleagues in the executive are no longer safe to attend matches where fans openly voice their displeasure at the manner in which officials are running the club.

Riot police had to use tear smoke to disperse angry Caps fans at Gwanzura Stadium three weeks ago after their team had lost 0-1 to minnows Kambuzuma United. Phiri was manhandled by a number of fans and had his sunglasses broken.

A similar riotous scene occurred at Rufaro Stadium last Sunday when the fans once again sought Phiri’s head forcing him to sneak out of the stadium when Black Rhinos scored their third goal towards the end of the match.

Riot police once again had to chase marauding Caps fans from Rufaro.

Things have indeed fallen apart at Makepekepe.

The team’s followers believe Phiri is failing to meet the financial obligations needed to run a professional side like Caps. In addition to the players’ salaries and bonuses comparing unfavourably with other teams, the players are said to be going for months without pay.

The perpetual poor performance is believed in some quarters to be a way of protest.

Against that background, Phiri is refusing to sell the team or part of his shares to interested individuals and members of the corporate world. He is the sole owner of the club, which he bought from Central African Pharmaceuticals (Caps) Pvt (Ltd) three years ago.

Leading cellular network provider Econet, as well as transporters, Pioneer Motor Corporation (PMC) and Kukura Kurerwa are understood to be among the leading contenders for shares in Caps.

In an interview last week, Phiri vowed to hang on to his sole ownership of the green-shirted Harare-based outfit.

“I am not selling any shares. I still have the capacity to run the club and will not be moved by what is happening now, which in any case, I am sure would come to pass,” said Phiri.

Another belief within the Caps United camp is that Phiri is being punished for the manner in which he virtually excluded former great sons of the team.

People such as former player and coach, Freddy Mkwesha, Brenna Msiska and Joe Mugabe who loyally served the team are understood to be unhappy with the way Phiri excluded them from the club.

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