Castle Lager Premier Soccer League giants, Caps United have agreed terms with midfielder Devon Chafa, who was expected to sign a two-year deal with the club yesterday.
BY HENRY MHARA
The former Dynamos player had been training with the Green Machine for a couple of weeks, where he impressed coach Lloyd Chitembwe.
Tafadzwa Rusike is also set to rejoin Caps United with his deal expected to be finalised before the end of the week.
Fullback Gilbert Mapemba has also been training with the club and is also in line to rejoin five years after leaving the Green Machine for South Africa.
Caps United manager, Shakespeare Chinogwenya yesterday said they had agreed a two-year deal with Chafa.
“We have agreed terms and he is signing today [yesterday],” he said. “We have made contact with his handlers and there is a high possibility that he will sign today so, yes, he is joining Caps United. We have agreed a two-year deal with him,” he said.
“On Tafadzwa, we will give him a chance to play for us. He is in our plans and I think by Thursday he should have signed. We are still discussing the terms but it’s likely that he will also sign a two-year contract.”
Chafa becomes the second high-profile player the club has added in their books in a space of four days after confirming snapping Brian Abbas Amidu on Friday.
The club has been busy in the transfer window, as they seek to build a strong squad to challenge for the league title having finished fifth last season.
After losing midfield workhorse Dominic Mukandi to Dynamos, Caps have strengthened the side with some notable additions, which include former Soccer Star of the Year Dennis Dauda, Cabby Kamhapa and Allan Gahadzikwa while Edmore “Zikeeper” Sibanda and Ronald Pfumbidzai have also rejoined.
Defender Method Mwanjali and striker Simba Nhivi are also set to be part of the squad this season, having been training with the club since last season, but had not been registered.
Despite having assembled what looks like a galaxy of stars, Chitembwe remains modest about his squad’s targets.
“There is never a coach who is satisfied with his squad and I’m no exception, but I think I have a decent squad in terms of quality,” he said.
Unlike Paulo Jorge Silva of Dynamos, who has openly declared he is going for a clean sweep of trophies in the forthcoming season, Chitembwe is coy about the team’s objectives.
“The target is to try and do well, better than we did last year and I’m sure that is achievable. What is more important for us is to try and win games. We will not talk a lot [about winning the championship], but our work in the field will talk for itself.”
Chitembwe also gave an update of the team’s preparations for the season saying he has shut the door on prospective newcomers.
“Everyone who is supposed to be here is here now except for those who had gone with the national team [Hardlife Zvirekwi, Steven Makatuka and Joel Ngodzo]. In terms of fitness, I can say 75% are almost there, but there are a few individuals whom we feel are not at a level where we expect them to be at this time of the year. Abbas and Gidza [Mapemba] are way off and also Tafadzwa, whose general fitness is okay, but in terms of sharpness, he is still lacking,” he said.