THERE is total madness at Caps United.These are the words of coach Mark Harrison after another embarrassing day on Sunday when the team arrived in batches, with some players in a pick-up truck for the Premier Soccer League match against Buffaloes at Sakubva Stadium.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
They eventually forced a nil-all draw, their second goalless draw after a tie against Hwange last Thursday at Gwanzura.
Since last Thursday, the team did not train and Harrison only met the players in Mutare on Sunday.
Five senior players — Hardlife Zvirekwi, George Nyirenda, Dominic Mukandi, Gerald Phiri and Steven Makatuka — are alleged to have initially refused to travel to Mutare, but later arrived at the stadium in a pick-up truck.
“I think what is happening at the club are total madness. Just imagine we did not even meet since Thursday after our Hwange match. We did not train and we only met today (Sunday) and the players were demanding their dues,” he said.
“The financial problems facing the club are killing us. They are distracting everything, the fact that we have not been paid our dues, we are owed a lot of money. Theoretically, the club has violated all the players’ contracts and theoretically, we are now on the market. We can’t just carrying doing this. It just a difficult moment for us and we are fighting fires every day.
“I think you have just seen it today (Sunday). We had five players who were behind and we had to plead to the players to come here (Mutare) as they did not want to come. They were just protesting over their money they are owed by the club.”
Well documented financial challenges are derailing Caps United’s campaign this season after the side’s players boycotted the match against How Mine in a humiliating incident that has since raised questions like whether Twine Phiri, the club owner, is still financially sound to continue sponsoring the club.
However, Phiri recently read the riot act to his players, demanding a change of attitude. Phiri was not reachable for comment yesterday.
Caps United, after their 0-0 draw against Buffaloes on Sunday, are occupying eighth position with 13 points from nine matches.