CAPS United’s rebuilding exercise is taking shape with reports suggesting gangly Yadah FC centre-back, Dennis Dauda is on the brink of a return to the Harare football giants, just six months after he was sent packing for unprofessionalism.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
With negotiations said to be at an advanced stage, Dauda will become the club’s second signing in this transfer window, as they bid to put together a strong squad for the upcoming season, following the capture of former FC Platinum striker, Brian Muzondiwa earlier this week.
If the deal goes through, as is hugely expected, it would be great news for the Green Machine.
Caps United were forced to transfer-list Dauda, widely regarded as one of the best central defenders in the domestic Premiership, after the 29-year-old wrote on Facebook suggesting he was torn between Caps United and Yadah FC owned by Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder, Walter Magaya.
The ill-timed post appeared on the eve of the two teams’ league match, which Caps United lost 2-0, with Dauda being shown a red card.
The debacle proved to be the last straw, as Caps United were forced to act on a player, who had previously been involved in other shenanigans including leading a revolt at the club over salaries and bonuses.
The defender, who helped Caps United to their first championship in 2016, went on to join Yadah FC, but since then, his game has taken a huge knock.
In contrast, his former peers have attracted interest from foreign clubs following a good showing in the Caf Champions League — a development, that is believed to have motivated him to reconsider his future.
When contacted for comment, his handler, George Deda said Dauda was still contracted to Yadah FC and referred questions to Caps United and Yadah FC.
“I can’t comment because Dauda is still contracted to Yadah FC. Why don’t you speak to the interested club?” he asked.
Repeated efforts to get comments from Caps United chief executive, Cuthbert Chitima and Yadah FC were fruitless yesterday.
However, informed sources maintained Dauda was on the verge of rejoining the Green Machine.
“He (Dauda) is keen to rejoin Caps United. He has realised Caps United can offer him the platform to take his football to another level. He has been surprised by the development of his peers, who have joined foreign clubs after their participation in the African Champions League. Had he not moved to Yadah, surely he could have been among the first group of players to attract interest from clubs abroad. He now regrets his move,” a source said.
The Green Machine have over the last six months lost no less than six key players, which has cast doubts on their chances of winning the championship next season.
Those that have left for greener pastures are Ronald Chitiyo and Abbas Amidu, who joined Tunisian and Egyptian clubs, respectively, while Ronald Pfumbidzai moved to South African club Bloemfontein Celtic.
Last season’s Golden Boot winner, Dominic Chungwa and goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda joined other South African sides Polokwane City and Witbank Spurs respectively, while Devon Chafa and Moses Muchenje are currently on trials in Egypt.