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Show me the greenback, Khumbuyani tells Caps

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TAPIWA Kumbuyani says he will decide his future this week and is likely to sign for a club before January 15 but has told his former side Caps United to show him the money before he commits to a new deal.

HENRY MHARA
SPORTS REPORTER

Kumbuyani’s contract with the Green Machine died on December 31 and since then he has been linked with various local clubs.

“I have not made up my mind on my next move since I was on holiday. It’s over now and I have started going through the offers that I have,” said Kumbuyani.

He added: “Obviously Caps have the first preference but they would have to match the other offers. I have already spoken with them. They want me to sign and they have promised to pay later, but I have told them that I’m not very comfortable with that arrangement.

“I have told them I will only sign if I see the money. Like I said I’m still considering offers and everything will be clear by Friday this week and I think I will have signed by the 15th of this month,” he added.

Kumbuyani is one of the many Caps senior players who have their contracts out and could be leaving the club in the current transfer window.

Tendai Samanja and Kelvin Bulaji have already left for Harare City and Dynamos respectively while goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube has said will not renew his contract which also expired on December 31.

Caps United are reportedly in a financial mess and this has triggered a massive exodus of key personnel in the last few weeks since the season ended.

A source yesterday revealed that while the club has managed to pay outstanding salaries for their players they still owe their winning bonuses for nine games at $150 each per game.

Coach Taurai Mangwiro has left for Harare City and dragged with him his entire backroom staff. The technical team is yet to be replaced.

However, despite a myriad of problems in camp, Caps United chief executive officer Joe Makuvire believes they can convince Kumbuyani to sign another deal.

“Those other guys had their contracts expired and we didn’t renew so they are free to join other clubs. Kumbuyani’s contract has also expired, but we are retaining him. We are retaining all our players who still have running contracts,” said Makuvire.

Chungwa has reportedly signed for Dynamos although he has 12 months on his deal with Caps United to go.

However, the “dream move” has been hindered by Caps United who does not want to issue him with a clearance.

The 24-year-old former Hippo Valley striker has already approached the Footballers’ Union of Zimbabwe (FUZ) with his case.

“FUZ is currently dealing with my case and I understand that Caps will not budge so the only other route to get the papers is through the courts. FUZ is helping me in that regard,” said Chungwa from Hwange where he is currently on holiday.

“I should be going back to Harare tomorrow (today) so that we can start the court procedures. I have been battling to get that clearance from last season when it became clear that the club was failing to honour the contract. The club still owes me my signing on fee and a lot from unpaid bonuses so they should not refuse to release me because they are the ones in breach of our agreement,” added Chungwa.

“Terms have been agreed and what is holding me back is that clearance. But it’s not a done deal as yet because I’m still considering some other offers. A number of teams have approached me including How Mine, Triangle and FC Platinum. But I cannot say a lot at the moment because I’m yet to get my clearance. But I’m ready to fight for it and I’m almost certain that I will not be playing at Caps United next season,” added Chungwa.

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