Caps play­ers turn down 100% bonuses

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

CAS­TLE Lager Premier Soc­cer League lead­ers Caps United play­ers re­port­edly turned down a 100 per­cent in­crease in bonuses of­fered by man­age­ment as the cham­pi­onship race hots up.

Makepekepe lead the pack by two points with two games to go. FC Plat­inum are sec­ond, while High­landers are four points be­hind in third place head­ing into this week­end’s du­els.

Caps United are home to Chibuku Su­per Cup win­ners Ngezi Plat­inum Stars, while FC Plat­inum take on High­landers at Man­dava Sta­dium in Zvishavane on Sun­day.

Makepekepe have been on fire in the sec­ond half of the sea­son, los­ing only once, 1-3 to Bu­l­awayo City, and con­fi­dence is now high in the club’s hi­er­ar­chy that this is their year.

In a bid to psy­che the boys, Caps United pres­i­dent and ma­jor­ity share­holder Farai Jere of­fered his boys $400 win­ning bonuses, up from $200, but his play­ers al­legedly turned it down.

Caps United chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cuth­bert Chitima, how­ever, re­futed the claims, say­ing if the club wanted to of­fer an in­crease, it would have been done in the mid­dle of the sea­son and not to­wards the end.

Caps United were hit by player re­volts over salary is­sues twice this sea­son, with the last be­ing in the Chibuku Su­per Cup first round en­counter against Tsholot­sho where they de­layed the start of the match as they protested.

This was in vi­o­la­tion of Order 31.2.17 of the PSL rules and reg­u­la­tions which make it an act of mis­con­duct on the part of a player, of­fi­cial, ser­vant or duly au­tho­rised representative of a club, of­fi­cial of the league, mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive or mem­ber of any sub-com­mit­tee who be­haves in a man­ner which brings the league or any of the spon­sors into dis­re­pute or en­dan­gers the wel­fare of the league.

The club was fined $1 500 for that.

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