CAPS United are bracing themselves for a mass exodus of players and have started a recruitment drive to replace those expected to leave in the current players’ transfer window.
Makepekepe already lost two vital players from last season in Tendai Samanja and Kelvin Bulaji who have joined city rivals Harare City and Dynamos respectively, while Tafadzwa Dube’s contract died on December 31 and the goalkeeper has reportedly joined the City bandwagon.
A host of other senior players are angling a move out.
Striker Dominic Chungwa and another reported 11 have approached the courts through the Footballers’ Union of Zimbabwe to renege on their contracts due to alleged breaches.
Tapuwa Kumbuyani, who captained the team last season had his contract expiring at the end of the season and told the club, reportedly in a financial mess, to show him the money first before he could commit himself to a new deal.
Caps United lost the whole technical team led by Taurai Mangwiro to Harare City and have since appointed Mark Harrison as new coach.
The Englishman will be assisted by the club’s former player, Fungai “Toastao” Kwashi, in a technical set-up that has club legend Brenna Msiska as goalkeepers’ coach.
Harrison’s credentials include being a goalkeeper for English Premier League side Stoke City and coaching Golden Arrows and Black Leopards in the South African Absa PSL.
While the club have sorted out the technical team issue, it appears their problems with the current squad are far from over.
It appears they have resigned to lose the core of their team from last season and are looking to rebuild the team.
According to the club’s spokesperson Joyce Kapota, their recruiting team has covered a lot of ground and have so far visited the Midlands and Bulawayo in their pursuit of the next big star.
Tomorrow, on the same day the team is expected to begin preparations for the 2015 season, the recruiting team will be at Chitungwiza Community Hall holding trials before heading for Highfield the following day for a similar event at Zimbabwe Grounds.
“Our trials for the senior team have been a great success as we were in Mutare, Kadoma, Kwekwe, Gweru and Bulawayo and now Chitungwiza,” Kapota said.
“We encourage all the youth, aged 15 to 23 to come as this is an opportunity to showcase their talent and possibly earn a place in the team for the upcoming season,” she added.