Caps United coach Lloyd Chitembwe yesterday dropped Evans Gwekwerere from the squad that is set to travel to South Africa.
Chitembwe announced a 20 member squad that will take part in a four-team invitational tournament in Polokwane tomorrow and Gwekwerere’s name was sceptically absent from the list.
The two are reportedly involved in a tussle, which reached unparalleled proportions on Tuesday when Gwekwerere allegedly walked out of the team’s training session after he had been ordered by Chitembwe to train with the junior team.
Gwekwerere‘s exclusion from the travelling list is set to raise more suspicion. Chitembwe yesterday played down the reported fight. “There is nothing like that. Evans is not the only player that is not travelling.
I dropped him because I feel he is carrying a lot of weight and not yet fit to play in a competitive match. I have given him a special training programme which he should follow.
He will be working with some technical members that are remaining behind. It’s not true that I exchanged words with him. I don’t do that to my players but I tell them what to do,” said Chitembwe.
The 30-member Caps United delegation were set to leave the country by road yesterday evening.
Caps play hosts Sundowns tomorrow at 10am before they engage Black Leopards seven hours later.
The tournament, which will also feature Zambian champions Power Dynamos, has been reduced to practice games after the South African Premier Soccer League refused to sanction it citing an agreement between Caf and its affiliate federations not to stage any official matches while the Africa Cup of Nations is running.
The matches will now be played behind closed doors.
Caps United Squad: E Sibanda, I Chiwara, D Sengu, D Walaza, T Kumbuyani, A Nhongo, A Kuvheya, N Mukumbi, L Kaisa, E Chafungamoyo, T Munyanduri, P Tafirenyika, W Pakamisa, R Kutsanzira, D Nyandoro, C Kawinga, M Samaneka, C Samakwere, T Samanja, C Whitby.