Caps United coach Taurai Mangwiro is targeting a reunion with former assistant coach Mkhupali Masuku ahead of the new season in which the Green machine is targeting success.
Despite the likelihood of losing some key players whose contracts ran out in December, the Makepekepe family remains optimistic of glory this season if sponsorship deals are concluded, while Zambian and Malawian players should arrive to complement locally based signings.
Mangwiro has drawn up his wish list and will be looking at other trialists when pre-season training commences on Tuesday.
Four players from Malawi and Zambia are expected to arrive in time for the first day of training, and Mangwiro is hoping that technical team issues will be settled before the end of next week.
But if the Masuku deal flops Caps is likely to turn to either Mike Madzivanyika or former Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya.
Mangwiro is keen to work with Ndiraya but is wary of a potentially nasty response from the Caps band of supporters who may not warm up to another former Dynamos player in their dressing room.
Mangwiro is a former Dynamos star who followed in the footsteps of Moses Chunga and Kalisto Pasuwa to sit on the Caps bench.
If Masuku, whose only commitment at the moment is with senior national team as assistant to coach Ian Gorowa is agreeable, the duo will be reunited after the former Highlanders coach broke the partnership early last year when he quit the Green Machine.
Masuku, however, had a fallout with the Caps management which led to his departure but since Mangwiro requested to work with the coach again they may be forced to kiss and make up.
“The coach’s number one target is Mkhupali; I am not sure whether he has been approached yet but Mangwiro has indicated that he wants a reunion with him,” said an insider.
“There are other options, particularly Mike Madzivanyika and Tonderai Ndiraya. Those can only be considered if Mkhupali turns down the offer to return.”
Caps could lose striker Tawanda Nyamandwe, defenders Arnold Chivheya and Tawanda Munyanduri to ZPC Kariba.
The trio is not contracted to Caps anymore but had promised Mangwiro that they would renew their deals. Speculation about their future at the Green Machine could be put to rest when training commences.
Caps is also looking at adding new names amid whispers that the club could announce new sponsorship partners before the start of the season.
Dynamos striker Farai Mupasiri is rumoured to be on his way to Caps with suggestions he is deemed surplus to requirements at the champions.
Caps is also looking at promoting some of its juniors loaned out to Division One clubs while they are also targeting free agents whose teams sank to Division One.