Fifa con­grat­u­lates Caps

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

FIFA pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino has sent a con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage to 2016 Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier Soc­cer League cham­pi­ons Caps United, urg­ing the club to con­tinue on the path of hard work for more suc­cess.

Makepekepe, un­der Lloyd Chitem­bwe wrapped up a mo­men­tous sea­son with a 1-0 win over Cha­pungu United at Ascot Sta­dium on Sun­day, a vic­tory that guar­an­teed them their fifth league ti­tle in his­tory, hav­ing tasted their first league tri­umph way back in 1979.

The Green Ma­chine had to wait for 17 years be­fore their sec­ond walk to the gold medal podium with their third and fourth ti­tles com­ing un­der Charles Mh­lauri in 2004 and 2005 re­spec­tively.

Eleven years later, Chitem­bwe has led them to their fifth feel of the win­ners’ podium and the right to rep­re­sent Zim­babwe and the right to fight for the $2.5mil­lion Caf Cham­pi­ons League win­ners’ prize.

In the con­grat­u­la­tory let­ter ad­dressed to the Zifa pres­i­dent, Philip Chiyangwa, In­fantino saluted all par­ties whose in­put pro­duced a cham­pi­onship win­ning team.

“Please pass on my per­sonal con­grat­u­la­tions to Caps United on their per­for­mance.

“This is a true team vic­tory, and all of you de­serve to share in the ac­co­lades; the play­ers and the coach of course, but also the tech­ni­cal and the med­i­cal staff, and, not least the loyal fans. The dy­namism and com­mit­ment of the Caps United team have en­abled them to win this ti­tle,” wrote In­fantino.

He high­lighted the im­por­tance of foot­ball in com­mu­nity devel­op­ment.

“Foot­ball is prov­ing more than ever that it can tran­scend tra­di­tional bound­aries to be­come a real driver of devel­op­ment.

“Foot­ball truly is a school for life and I am con­vinced that ev­ery­one, and in par­tic­u­lar the young peo­ple of to­day, can ben­e­fit from play­ing on both a so­cial and per­sonal level.

“That is why I urge Caps United to con­tinue their work, lead­ing the path of suc­cess,” the let­ter reads.

In what could be a truly mo­men­tous sea­son for Caps United, their tal­is­man Leonard Tsipa could cap it all by win­ning the Soc­cer Star of the Year ac­co­lade whose winner will be an­nounced at a func­tion in Harare this evening. Tsipa has al­ready grabbed the Golden Boot gong, which car­ries with it a $4 000 purse. — @skhu­moyo2000

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