Mu­sanhu backs Kap­ini on War­riors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo Se­nior Sports Reporter Sports Reporter

UNITED King­dom-based for­mer Dy­namos cen­tre half Chamu Mu­sanhu has come out in sup­port of ec­cen­tric goal min­der Ta­puwa Kap­ini over the sus­pected un­due in­flu­ence of player agent Gib­son Ma­hachi in na­tional team se­lec­tion.

Mu­sanhu, how­ever, feels the con­cerns should have been raised much ear­lier.

Kap­ini, who now keeps goals for newly pro­moted South African Absa Pre­mier­ship side High­lands Park, al­leged on Tues­day that na­tional team play­ers were not picked on merit, but on Ma­hachi’s pref­er­ences.

The player agent con­trols more than 90 per­cent of the War­riors’ play­ers, as well as coach Cal­listo Pa­suwa.

Mu­sanhu said these rev­e­la­tions have come at a very sen­si­tive time when the nation should be look­ing at re­sourc­ing the team for the 2017 To­tal Af­con fi­nals in Gabon, al­though Kap­ini, who made two Af­con fi­nals ap­pear­ances, has a point.

“It’s a good point raised by Kap­ini. These things have been hap­pen­ing for a long time, but I per­son­ally feel it’s not the right time. What we need now is to sup­port these guys who’ve done us proud,” said Mu­sanhu.

Ef­forts to se­cure a com­ment from Ma­hachi failed again yes­ter­day. Mu­sanhu said there were sim­i­lar con­cerns dur­ing their time when some sup­port­ers ac­cused the late Dream Team coach Rein­hard Fabisch of pick­ing play­ers from High­landers, while con­tin­u­ously ig­nor­ing the likes of Mem­ory Mucher­a­howa and Moses Chunga.

“Peo­ple will al­ways com­plain; not ev­ery­one can be sat­is­fied with the na­tional team se­lec­tion process, hence the pre­rog­a­tive ly­ing with the coach.

“We had fans ac­cus­ing Fabisch of a whole lot of things, but as play­ers we un­der­stood why he picked those play­ers. It was on merit, but for an or­di­nary sup­porter it’s some­thing else,” said the for­mer Dy­namos de­fen­sive stal­wart.

How­ever, dur­ing the Dream Team era, player in­ter­me­di­aries were not com­mon in Zim­babwe, with only Peter Ndlovu be­ing rep­re­sented by Win­ston Maka­mure.

“Yes ques­tions will al­ways be asked when the ma­jor­ity of play­ers come from one kraal, but what if they’re good? Let’s con­cen­trate on our prepa­ra­tions for the fi­nals and give credit to the play­ers for tak­ing us there,” said Mu­sanhu.

Mean­while, Kap­ini has re­futed claims that he was jeal­ous fol­low­ing his sen­sa­tional claims. I’ve noth­ing to prove any­more. I’ve done my part for the na­tional team and am proud of it. I can’t be­grudge young­sters sim­ply be­cause I want to be called into the squad, but I mustn’t be si­lenced when I see some­thing wrong,” Kap­ini said — @ skhu­moyo2000. FIFA de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer for South­ern Re­gion Ash­ford Mamelodi yes­ter­day ur­gently urged Zifa to deal with is­sues around women’s foot­ball in the coun­try.

The veteran ad­min­is­tra­tor, who also met with Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Makhosini Hlongwane, is also ex­pected to meet the Zifa board.

“For things like women’s foot­ball, for ex­am­ple, I re­ally don’t know why we should con­tinue to have prob­lems," said Mamelodi.

"This one should have been nipped in the bud. Our view when the new ex­ec­u­tive came in, we made it clear to them as Fifa, that there is a pend­ing

Miriam Sibanda

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