Confederations of African Football (Caf) Confederations Cup representatives CAPS United yesterday named a 17-member squad which flies out of the country for Sudan this morning.
The 2004 and 2005 champions are set to meet that country’s representatives Al Hilal on Sunday night in one of the last 16 matches dotted around the continent.
CAPS manager Wilson Mutekede named the relatively inexperienced side which features the likes of veteran striker Leonard Tsipa, defenders Gilbert Mapemba, Douglas Walaza and goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda.
The Harare giants were weakened after the departure of six senior players who joined South African sides. The former senior players who joined the great trek down south are ex-captain Method Mwanjali, goal poacher Nyasha Mushekwi and Lionel Mtizwa who all joined South Africa’s richest club Mamelodi Sundowns while Oscar Machapa was captured into the Moroka Swallows’ nest.
Exciting winger Tafadzwa Rusike and Khama Billiart moved to Cape Town where they will be staring for Ajax Cape Town.Despite the setback, Mutekede put up a brave face saying they were confident of upsetting Al Hilal who have former Dynamos striker Edward Sadomba on their books.
Mutekede said: “We will make the best out of what we have. Yes, we lost six players but such is football. There will always be movement of players. We are positive we will get a good result with this team.
“We have the likes of Tsipa, Mapemba and Marvel Samaneka who have the necessary experience to carry us through. We know very little about our opponents except that they played in the African Champions League mini-league stage last year.
“We are leaving early for us to be able to acclimatise with the hot and humid weather in Sudan. We want our players to adjust to the weather.”
Meanwhile, Dynamos manager Nyika Chifamba said all was going on well in the African Champions League mini-league representatives camp ahead of their opening match against TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Sunday. The Harare side has pegged $10 for the rest of ground as the cash-strapped side try to raise money to pay the outstanding bonuses and allowances for their players.
CAPS United Squad
Goalkeepers: Edmore Sibanda and Itayi Chiwara
Defenders: Douglas Walaza, George Karimupfumbi, Blessing Mazorodze, Nyasha Mukumbi, Pardon Marime, Ronald Sengu and Gilbert Mapemba
Midfielders: Thabani Goredema, Courage Denias, Marvel Samaneka, Pride Tafirenyika and Yves Ebabali
Strikers: Tendai Nyamadzawo, Leonard Tsipa and Vincent Nzombe.