Caps boss Connor to outline vision


Caps United’s Irish manager Sean Connor will today address a media conference at a local hotel in the capital, where he is expected to share his vision for the club.

The 43 year old Northern Irishman was roped at Makepekepe in January to try and change the fortunes of the underachieving former champions who have not won the league championship since 2005.
Connor heads a bloated Caps United technical department which includes assistant manager Lloyd Chitembwe, Kennedy Nagoli and Joel Luphahla.
At the Press briefing Connor, who started his official duties after getting his work permit end of January, was expected to reveal his plans at Caps United ahead of the start of the 2012 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.
“I will be holding a Press conference tomorrow (today) afternoon where I will reveal my plans for this season and an update of how our preparations have gone so far,” Connor told NewsDay Sport yesterday.
The club’s chief executive Maxwell Mironga said such media briefings would be a regular feature at Caps United in the upcoming season.
“When the season gets underway, the manager will be holding such Press conferences on a weekly basis like what they do in the English Premiership. He will attend such meetings with the club’s captain or any other player or member of the technical team so that the club’s fans know what is happening at the club,” Mironga said.
Connor comes with a big reputation having coached in Ireland and the United States and has also worked as a scout for English Premiership team Stoke City.
The club’s leadership was recently said to be mulling a friendly match with a Zambian club in a bid to ensure the team gets adequate preparation. This followed a training camp in Zambia, which had been preceded by participating in a four-team invitational tournament in South Africa.
Chitembwe, the Caps United assistant manager said preparations had gone smoothly saying he was confident the club’s fortunes would improve this season.
“Our preparations have gone very well. We recently camped in Chiredzi which was good for the team spirit and since we returned, our training sessions have gone very well. On the Zambian trip I’m not sure it’s still on, but I can confirm that we will be playing Quelaton this weekend.
“The Quelaton friendly will be here in Harare, but the actual date and venue will be confirmed later this week,” said Chitembwe.
Caps managed to retain most of their players and added new names like the former TP Mazembe pair of Darryl Nyandoro and Chris Samakweri as well as Rahman Kutsanzira, Luckson Kaisa and former Motor Action midfielder Conrad Whitby.
Caps United impressed at the four-team invitational tournament, played behind closed doors in Polokwane, where they beat South African giants, Mamelodi Sundowns and Black Leopards in January.
Last season the Green Machine fired two coaches, Moses Chunga and Maxwell Takaendesa Jongwe en route to finishing sixth and a massive 12 points behind champions Dynamos.