Caps United hit by players exodus

Caps United assistant coach Brenna Msiska says the Harare giants are confident of a successful campaign under new mentor Mark Harrison despite key players leaving the squad in recent weeks.

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In an interview with The Zimbabwe Mail, Msiska said the former cup kings are unfazed by the recent departures as well as potential exit of more senior players, insisting the club will kick on with players who are committed to the side.

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Already, midfielder Tendai Samanja and goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube have left the team, joining Harare City, while former captain Tapiwa Kumbuyani joined How Mine.

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Striker Kelvin Bulaji moved across town to arch rivals Dynamos, with the the duo of Nicolas Alifandika and Honey Chimutimunzeve, who helped the side secure third place in the 2014 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League after joining from ZRP FC on loan during the mid-season transfer window, also opting to move to Harare City.

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The likes of Dominic Chungwa, Stephen Makatuka and Ronald Pfumbidzai are also reportedly unhappy at the Green Machine and keen to move on to greener pastures.

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With the club likely to lose almost their entire first team ahead of the new season, Msiska, who, along with his fellow assistant coach Fungai Tostao Kwashi, have been taking charge of the team’s training sessions in the absence of head coach Harrison, insists Makepekepe will move on and assemble a squad made up of players who have the club at heart.

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“We are looking for players who are committed to the club, players that have the club at heart who know what it means playing for a big team like Caps United and we are looking for players that will suite our type of play.

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We want players with an ambition,” said Msisika.

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The Caps United assistant revealed that as part of the rebuilding exercise, not a single player was guaranteed of a first team place hence all the players have to excel during the ongoing trials to make it into the 2015 squad.

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“No-one is guaranteed of a place in the squad. Like we have said we are starting afresh and as part of the rebuilding exercise we are treating all the players equally,” he said.

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The former Caps United goalminder is convinced that the ‘restructuring exercise’ will bear fruit as it has worked before for the Harare giants who, two years ago, were faced with the same situation when a number of players left the team.

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“I am confident that at the end of the day the restructuring size will bear fruit. We have done it before and it did work for us in 2013, but what we need is a unity of purpose, and hard work from all the people involved,” added Msiska.