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Caps United greats fear demise of club


Former Caps United greats, Frank Nyamukuta and Basil Chisopo have taken aim at the team’s bosses for what they termed as “greed” at the expense of the club’s legacy as Cup Kings.
Nyamukuta is now based in the United Kingdom while Chisopo is in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Chisopo was a midfieder while Nyamukuta was a centre back.
Reacting after Caps’ 5-0 demolition by Sudanese giants Al Hilal last Sunday, Chisopo and Nyamukuta squarely blamed the owners of Caps, Twine Phiri and Farai Jere.
Jere told this newspaper on Monday that they had expected to be beaten by Al Hilal.
Nyamukuta said: “That 5-0 defeat was an embarrassment. I blame the owners of the club (Phiri and Jere) who are busy selling players to South Africa forgetting that Caps is a big brand. All my friends here were laughing at me.
“I think teams like Caps must be owned by companies but, unfortunately the company is no longer involved.
“Individuals only try to fulfill their desire to make as much money as possible,” said Nyamukuta who was part of the all conquering 1996 squad which featured the likes of Alois Bunjira, Stewart Murisa and Joe Mugabe.
Chisopo, who turned for the then pharmaceutical-owned side in late ’80s alongside legends such as Edward Muchongwe, Carlos Max, Anthony Kambani and Mpumelelo Dzowa was even more scathing.
He said: “The performance by Caps in Sudan was pathetic when you look at the scoreline. These are just warning shots to the club’s owners. Caps are a big club and such results don’t go down well with fans.
“This is time to look back and face reality. There is something wrong with our football somewhere. My advice to those who lead Caps is that they should re-establish the youth policy at the club and start from there.”
Caps United were formed in 1973 and rose to prominence in the late ’70s and early ’80s.
It was home to some of the finest-ever players to be produced in Zimbabwe such as Stanford “Stix” Mtizwa, the late Shacky “Mr Goals” Tauro, Joel “Jubilee” Shambo, Stanley Ndunduma and Friday Phiri.
They were dubbed “Cup Kings” after they dominated knockout tournaments such as the Rosebowl, Chibuku and the Independence Trophies.
Nyamukuta and Chisopo now fear that the big club will turn out to be just another club.

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