Dauda breaks silence on Caps sacking

Dennis Dauda

VETERAN defender Dennis Dauda has broken his silence on his sacking by Caps United after he was accused of playing a role in the players’ protest ahead of their league match against Cranborne Bullets two weeks ago.

While he felt he was not treated fairly, he said he had no hard feelings and was awaiting new offers so that he could continue with his career elsewhere.

Dauda was sacked together with goalkeeper Simba Chinani and striker Clive Augusto for their involvement in the boycott threat ahead of the match against Cranborne Bullets demanding outstanding bonuses and a review of their salaries.

The players’ protest caused a 45-minute delay to kick off. Caps United, however, lost the match 2-0 and club president Farai Jere, angered by the conduct of the players, wielded the axe on the three players while the other three- skipper Ronald Chitiyo, Devon Chafa and Rodwell Chinyengetere were pardoned having initially been fired.

And Dauda, who had not spoken since the incident, yesterday told NewsDay Sport that he respects the club’s decision even though he was not given the chance to defend himself.

He said he was invited for a hearing after he had already been sacked, but he has since put the issue behind him and is moving on awaiting offers ahead of the transfer window which opens next month.

He believes he still has two more seasons of topflight football in him.

“I respect their (Caps United) decision. I have no hard feelings. They didn’t give me the chance to tell my side of the story. They had already terminated our contracts and then they wanted us to come to a hearing and I thought it was better to move on and right now I am waiting for offers. I will then decide where I would go,” he said.

“I think I still have two more seasons to play and I will retire from the game after that. I will have to consider offers first but so far there hasn’t been any, it’s a bit too early, as you know the window will open in June,” he said.

The lanky centreback, who had become a regular member of Caps United since joining in March, had been playing in India before returning home.

Dauda, who won the coveted Castle Lager Soccer Star of the Year in 2014 while still playing for ZPC Kariba, also played in Zambia where he turned out for Lusaka Dynamos and Napsa Stars before moving to India.

In Zambia, he spent a combined three years at Lusaka Dynamos and Napsa Stars. He won the league title with Caps United under Lloyd Chitembwe in 2016.

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