Kap­ini drops bomb­shell

‘War­riors player se­lec­tion not on merit’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

EC­CEN­TRIC for­mer High­landers’ goal­keeper Ta­puwa Kap­ini has made sen­sa­tional claims that player agent Gib­son Ma­hachi is im­pos­ing play­ers from his sta­ble on the na­tional team at the ex­pense of in-form play­ers.

Kap­ini, who now plays for South African Absa Pre­mier­ship new­com­ers High­lands FC, said he was sad­dened by what was happening in the na­tional team, as the sit­u­a­tion, if not nipped in the bud, would de­stroy Zim­bab­wean foot­ball.

Writ­ing on his Face­book wall, Kap­ini said per­for­mance at club level was no longer used as the yard­stick for na­tional team se­lec­tion, as one just needed to be­long to Ma­hachi’s sta­ble.

“Am just ask­ing; is the Zim­babwe na­tional team picked on per­for­mance or be­cause Ma­hachi is your agent,” asked Kap­ini.

The goal­keeper reaf­firmed his Face­book post in a tele­phone in­ter­view with and said noth­ing would stop him from ex­pos­ing what he felt was the rot sur­round­ing the War­riors’ se­lec­tion, as do­ing so would be a huge dis­ser­vice to the na­tion.

“Ma­hachi is killing our foot­ball. Play­ers must and should be se­lected on present form, not be­cause one be­longs to a cer­tain sta­ble. If you check, one of the most con­sis­tent goal­keep­ers (in the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship) at the mo­ment Petros Mhari (of FC Platinum) is con­tin­u­ously be­ing over­looked sim­ply be­cause he does not be­long to Ma­hachi’s sta­ble. Surely can we com­pare Dono­van Bernard and even Tatenda Muku­ruva to Mhari? God help our foot­ball,” said Kap­ini.

He said he does not care what peo­ple will say as his con­science is clear.

“I have had my time in the na­tional team; I know some peo­ple will maybe say I am jeal­ous, hence my com­plaint, but I don’t care.

“What I know is that we need to speak up for tal­ented young­sters who are con­stantly over­looked for na­tional team duty sim­ply be­cause they don’t be­long to this so called su­per sta­ble. Ron­ald Chi­tiyo re­cently dumped his agent and joined Ma­hachi, and sud­denly he is in the na­tional team. Zim­babwe, open your eyes and smell the cof­fee; some­thing is not right here,” Kap­ini said.

The War­riors’ To­tal Africa Cup of Na­tions fi­nal qual­i­fier against Guinea had eight play­ers from Ma­hachi’s sta­ble in ad­di­tion to coach Cal­listo Pa­suwa.

The eight play­ers are Muku­ruva, Bless­ing Moyo, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, Lawrence Mh­langa, Evans Rusike, God­knows Mur­wira, Tendai Ndoro and Teenage Hadebe.

“We have a sit­u­a­tion where some peo­ple are us­ing the na­tional team to mar­ket their play­ers. We know these things be­cause we talk to the play­ers, but they can’t openly say it for fear of

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