Caps players end training boycott

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BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
Normalcy has returned to the Caps United camp after players ended their training boycott as they prepare for their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match against Black Rhinos on Sunday.

The player staged a boycott over outstanding salaries, but after receiving part of what they are owed, they agreed to return to training.

With the league resuming this weekend after a break since December, the match between Rhinos and Caps which was postponed due to Caps United’s financial issues, was under threat again.

But it looks like all has been resolved and the Lloyd Chitembwe coached side, who have so far played two matches and drew both, can relaunch its bid.

Informed sources said Caps United president Farai  Jere who is expected back home from Cameroon where he had traveled for the Africa Cup of Nations finals and a meeting, managed to arrange for the players to get paid.

A club official confirmed that the issue had been resolved but said that there was no need for the players to boycott training in the first place.

“Its sad that players sometimes are not patient. We expect players to behave like professionals. You can’t have professional players refusing to train just because there has been a delay in salary payments. The club understands it has been difficult. But now things have got back to normal and we expect commitment from the lads, ” said the official.

Caps United started training a week ago well after several teams had begun their preparations  following a lengthy break necessitated by the Warriors participation at the just ended African Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.