Caps United eye foreign players

Taurai Mangwiro

IT looks like foreign players are the in-thing with the country’s three biggest football clubs — Dynamos, Highlanders and Caps United.


Dynamos are eyeing players from Portugal and Cameroon, two Canadians have arrived at Highlanders and now Caps want to join the queue.

Dynamos and Caps United’s plans are still on paper, while for Highlanders, the two players have already joined their pre-season camp at Entokozweni Safaris in Inyathi.

An informed source at the Green Machine told NewsDay Sport yesterday the foreign assistant coach recommended by head coach Taurai Mangwiro was set to bring some players with him to join Makepekepe.

“It’s correct. A foreign coach has been recommended to the board. He should be coming next month. There have been delays because he is supposed to bring in some players with him,” the source said.

Last season, Caps had Gerald Phiri from Malawi, while in previous years Ian Bakala, Hadji Tambala and Joseph Kamwendo featured for the former Zimbabwe champions.

It’s the second time Caps United will be engaging a foreign coach after bringing in Northern Irishman Sean Connor to take charge of the Harare giants in a failed 2012 campaign.

Connor, who arrived at Caps United with a poor record having lost 23 consecutive games in his last job in his home country, was fired in August of the same year following a spate of poor results, with the 3-2 defeat to Hwange proving to be the final straw.

The Harare giants are set to unveil the assistant foreign coach to strengthen their technical team decimated by the departure of Saul Chaminuka to newly-promoted ZPC Kariba.

Already, the Harare giants have interviewed former Eagles coach Mike “Dread” Madzivanyika for one of the positions of assistant coach.

But Mangwiro, aware of the need to strengthen his technical bench, has recommended the appointment of a foreign coach as one of his assistants.

Former goalkeepers’ coach Brenna Msiska is one of the coaches who have been affected by the reshuffling at the Harare giants.

The club management is still to decide on his future, but he looks set to be re-assigned to the juniors.

Veteran goalkeeper’s coach Richard Tswatswa is set to bounce back at the Green Machine as a direct replacement for Msiska after he was also recommended by Mangwiro to be one of his assistants.

Tswatswa, who is also the goalkeepers’ coach of the Warriors, is, however, yet to be interviewed for the job as he is still in South Africa with the national team for the African Nations Championships.


  1. Let’s stop this show off thing of bringing in foreigners at the expense of local talent! What’s so special about these foreigners besides their huge, I mean very very huge packages which ends up being disputes in labour courts after failing to honour their packages?

  2. Foreign coaches only do wonders at Highlanders not Caps United. They have tried it many a times and it brings them disaster. They Fewdays Musonda, Forbes Kabole and Connor but it was disaster. At Highlanders Eddie May was a success and Kaindu is not bad either. Instead of wasting the little they have for future uses, they want a foeigner yet the rest of last season they were newsmakers for wrong reasons.

  3. I think local coaches and players are good enough. After the Connor nightmare, management at Caps United should play their cards wisely. Even Ba Gari can coach that team, if Mangwiro cannot trust Caps United sons like Ba Gari yet he did well during his suspension….saka pane nyaya. Mangwiro is bringing in a new philosophy that might destabilise the team. Zvimwe sezvo ariye murairidzi anoziva zvaari kuita. Time will tell.

  4. Ana Pagels vakazvitadza,ma coach enyu amunotora aya anenge achitova ma coaches kumaSecondary schools kune dzimwe nyika.musatambise mari veduwee

  5. I’m always very sceptical when our teams bring in foreign players into this league.Becoz nine times out of ten these are useless,over-paid and overrated players who are just out to make a quick US$.At some clubs last season,players went for months without getting paid and suddenly those very same teams have cash to splash on foreign players (and even foreign coaches).So what message are these teams sending to their local players,that the only cash they’ve got is for buying foreign players.We’ve got enough talent in here,let’s not waste our scarce resources on useless acquisitions.

    • Sure it does not make sense to fail to pay local players and coaches then have money to even buy foreign players and coaches. This is poor corporate Governance! What is the difference with what is happening at PSMAS and ZBC. Confusion all over. Let us stop this kind of confusion. Somebody compares Barca to CAPS what a poor analysis. The foreign clubs buying foreign players have the resources not the likes of CAPS, Highlanders and Dembare.

  6. Caps had Nti Behene Bonsu ( GHANA), Fewdays Musonda (ZAMBIA) , Fordson Kabole (ZAMBIA) , Sean Connoras ( Northern Ireland) as Foreign Coaches……….

  7. its surprising that our clubs still do not understand the politics behind the failure of zimbabwean football. Credit to Mhembere who wrote the fisr comment. In deed it is not talent that we lack in Zimbabwe like in South Africa. We have the talent. What we do not have is the finance to keep that talent in our country as a result they go and search for greener pastures elsewhere. Instead of bringing foreign players let us keep the talent that we have thru paying them handsomely.

    • Bosso did not buy any foreign playaz.Dos Canadians wil b on attachment and somebody else is paying for ol the expenses not Tshilas.

  8. Pliz, pliz think twice about baba vaGari. He is our Caps son with the team at heart. We really need him in that setup.

  9. Ah ku Dynamos vangangouya zvavo but to their own risk. Nyangwe benzi chairo can tell that things are not well in the coaching department; which is trickling down into the team. We are just watching to see as to whether their local new signings will be fielded in ahead of some incompetent players in their ranks.

  10. l wish caps unt the best in their decisions but let me remind the executive that we want the league this year.

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