CAPS United’s bid to end a nine-year Premier Soccer League title drought could suffer a blow after players yesterday threatened to boycott this afternoon’s meeting with Triangle at Gibbo.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
The players were protesting over unpaid salaries and winning bonuses.
The team left Harare for Triangle last night after the initial departure time had been scheduled for 9am.
Defender Ronald Pfumbidzai was reported to have been axed from the team after emerging as the vociferous player in demanding dues.
Pfumbidzai’s close associates say he is interested in joining Dynamos or Chicken Inn.
Club president Twine Phiri was unreachable throughout the day but sources at the club said he has fallen out with another board member who was financing the team, a few months after Lewis Uriri resigned from the board.
“We had agreed not to travel to Chiredzi if we were not paid but the team manager told us point blank that there is no money. We do not see us winning in Triangle because the mood is so low,” said a player.
Club spokesperson Joyce Kapota rubbished the unrest in the Makepekepe camp.
“Everything is in order. I am not aware that players were refusing to travel to Chiredzi but we just decided to depart Harare in the evening because of the hot afternoon weather. We also faced some travelling logistical problems,” she said.
A similar scenario occurred last month as CAPS United travelled to Bantu Rovers at night, resulting in a 0-0 draw.
CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro could be a Dynamos son but has launched a bitter struggle against his former club for the Premier Soccer League title.
In the 1980s, Dynamos founder member Freddy Mukwesha coached CAPS but failed to land the league title.