BRENNA Msiska is the favourite to take over the reins at former champions Caps United after coach Mkhuphali Masuku was shown the door on Wednesday night.
Masuku’s departure followed the “release” of seven players after an industrial strike over unpaid salaries from last year.
The former Warriors goalkeeper’s coach was Masuku’s assistant in the old set-up. Masuku had stepped in after the ban of Taurai Mangwiro over match-fixing allegations.
Caps United chief executive Joe Makuvire said they will await direction from club owner Twine Phiri before making any pronouncements on the technical team.
Phiri was not available for comment yesterday.
The former champions are due to play Buffaloes this Sunday in Mutare in their second pre-season match after losing 4-1 to South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns last month at Gwanzura Stadium.
Caps have been suffering from the departure of former director Farai Jere, who has snapped up majority shareholding at Motor Action.
The fired players are Washington Pakamisa, Tapiwa Khumbuyani, Asani Nhongo, Itai Chiwara, Nqobile Mpala, Luckson Kaisa and the ageing Shingi Kawondera. Masuku. They were accused of inciting the players to go on strike.
Sources at Caps yesterday said: “It is not a secret that we have no money, but the little that we have will take us to the start of the season and we will work according to that budget.
“A lot of things have been happening behind the scenes and we got wind of that from some of the players and we are disappointed with all this. There is also interference from outside and we will get to the bottom of that sooner or later,” sources said.
Msiska could get his chance to impress this Sunday when Caps travel to Mutare for a date with Buffaloes.
Buffaloes coach Saul Chaminuka said his team was struggling with their strikeforce after drawing 0-0 against Black Rhinos and 1-1 against Harare City.
“We still want to find our way for the upcoming season, trying combinations, but generally I am happy with the preparations. But we are still struggling upfront as we have only scored one goal in two matches,” he said.
“Hopefully against Caps we could score more goals and possibly win the match. We are still assessing some of the players and this is the time for players who are on trial to prove themselves because next week we are going to axe some of the players as we move on.”