Caps United have received a major boost ahead of Sunday’s big Harare derby against Dynamos after securing the services of exciting rightback Tapiwa Kumbuyani from fellow Castle Lager Premier Soccer League side Blue Ribbon.
The ambitious but struggling Harare giants completed their second major signing this mid-season transfer period having already captured midfielder Tendai Samanja from Monomotapa.
The timing of Kumbuyani’s arrival, who comes in as a direct replacement for the South African Premier League-bound Gilbert Mapemba, couldn’t have been better with the impending high- profile clash against their biggest city rivals Dynamos, having lost David Sengu for that match owing to the red card he received against Gunners on Sunday.
The Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe-coached outfit will also be without Edmore Chafungamoyo who suffered Sengu’s fate in the ill-fated match, which was abandoned after 69 minutes due to crowd trouble with Gunners leading a nine-man Caps 2-0.
Kumbuyani confirmed the deal yesterday after his first training session with his new paymasters.
“I have joined Caps and I have already started training with them, the two clubs have already reached an agreement I only have to go back and thrash out personal terms with the administration. Otherwise I am now a Caps United player and I am looking forward to the challenge that comes with playing for such a massive club,” said Kumbuyani.
He added that he was already looking forward to playing in the Harare derby if selected saying that he was well aware of the importance of such a match. Caps approached Misheck Chidzambwa’s Blue Ribbon two weeks ago for Kumbuyani’s signature with the knowledge that Mapemba was on his way out, possible to Platinum Stars in South Africa, and negotiations had been ongoing since then.
The former had to ramp up proceedings after the weekend for the player to finally switch dressing rooms yesterday in time for Sunday’s preparations. Kumbuyani is almost a certainty to be slotted in the gap left by Sengu as Caps seek revival under a new technical set-up that also includes Alois Bunjira and former Monomotapa and Under- 17 coach Rodwell Dhlakama.
Kumbuyani has signed a three-year contract with Caps who are looking to continue spending until they bring back Champions League football to the Green Machine, a feat looking increasingly unlikely to happen this term.