FORMER CAPS United forward Fungai “Tostao” Kwashi says he is delighted to come back to his boyhood team as one of the assistant coaches to Englishman Mark Harrison.
Harrison was unveiled as the new Caps United manager by the football club’s leadership in the capital on Wednesday after resigning from Black Leopards.
He will be assisted by former goalkeeper’s coach Brenna Msiska who makes a return after a long time on the sidelines with Kwashi also coming in as a second assistant.
Kwashi who has been playing in Vietnam in the past eight years having started his football career at Caps United at a tender age of eight years said he was happy to come back and launch his coaching career with the club that gave him the platform to showcase his talent.
“I grew up at Caps United where I started playing at the tender age of eight years. I played in all the junior teams at Caps United before I graduated into the senior team and I am happy to be coming back home, thanks to Caps United president Twine Phiri for giving me this wonderful opportunity to launch my coaching career,” Kwashi said.
His boss Harrison said he would help him develop his coaching career. Kwashi who made his senior team debut at Caps United in 1997 before leaving for greener pastures in 2001 last played for An Giang in Vietnam.
He has been here since last year and said he has now been cleared by his former club. “I have been around since last year. I have been waiting for clearance from my former club but now everything is in place. I am now looking forward to a great season with Caps United,” Kwashi said.
Caps United have also appointed George Gumbo as the team’s welfare manager while former team manager Luis Maio will head the club’s business development unit.
Speaking at the coaches’ unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, Caps chief executive officer Joe Makuvire said they would address the financial problems bedevilling the club.
“We want to assure you that we are going to address the financial constraints which the club is facing through hard work,” said Makuvire.
The financial problems have seen Caps lose their coach of the last two years Taurai Mangwiro to the more stable Harare City.
Midfielder and 2014 Soccer Star of the Year finalist Tendai Samanja has followed Mangwiro to City, alongside goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube.
Kelvin Bulaji is now at Dynamos while striker Dominic Chungwa is also angling for a move to the champions, although he still has a year’s running contract with the Green Machine.
Harrison said he was motivated by coaching Caps and not money in jumping ship from South Africa Black Leopards to Harare.
Leopards claim Harrison has a year left on his deal after taking over last November and he unprocedurally broke off the contract on Monday to sign for Caps. The South African side is now considering legal action.
“I am happy to be coming here to coach Caps United. The reason I am here is the desire to make the club better. The desire to make Caps United the biggest brand in Zimbabwe and the desire to take it into Africa.
“I have worked with Zimbabwean players in South Africa and they are physically stronger than South African players but technically the South Africans are better and I am here to try and improve the players and to make the club better. But it’s a big challenge which require a lot of hard work, patience and consistence not to continuously change coaches,” Harrison told reporters.
“I have coached the Bangladesh national side. I have never been afraid of taking on challenges. I enjoy working in different environments. It is not a problem to me. I am here to make things happen. If we do things correctly, Caps United will be a stronger club. I am a coach who expects high performance from players. I enter into any game to win even if it’s a friendly match. But the most important thing is that the team is built by unity. If we stand together we will be successful.”