Caps United line up mul­ti­ple spon­sors

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ed­die Chikamhi

CHAM­PI­ONS Caps United have re­vealed that they have lined up a num­ber of cor­po­rate part­ners to come on board their ship to off­set the huge costs that come with run­ning the club which is in­volved in twin com­pe­ti­tions at home and on the con­ti­nent.

Club mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Han­nah Wright said their mis­sion was to re­tain the league ti­tle and make a mark in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League.

“We have got some very ex­cit­ing part­ners com­ing on board,” she told a me­dia con­fer­ence in Harare yes­ter­day.

“In the next cou­ple of weeks we will be hop­ing to sign agree­ments with them. But be­tween my­self, Mr (Farai) Jere (the club pres­i­dent) and the coach (Lloyd Chitem­bwe) we will be work­ing very hard in this eco­nomic cli­mate to bring out the best.

“We are look­ing at part­ners rather than just spon­sors, so we are very happy we have got some spon­sors and part­ners com­ing on board that will re­lieve all the pres­sure from Mr Jere.”

Harare busi­ness­man Jere has been bear­ing the brunt of spon­sor­ing the Harare giants.

Chitem­bwe said he was cau­tious of burn­ing out his play­ers as the Green Ma­chine are set to plunge into a daunt­ing fix­tures pro­gramme which gains in­ten­sity from next month when the CAF Cham­pi­ons’ League group stage matches get un­der­way.

Chitem­bwe rested some of his key play­ers dur­ing the In­de­pen­dence Cup tour­na­ment where they lost both matches to Dy­namos and FC Plat­inum last week­end.

The coach said they are pre­pared to face any op­po­nent in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League as they await the draw which takes place next Wed­nes­day.

Chitem­bwe yes­ter­day said he was aware of the de­mand­ing sea­son and will be care­ful not to throw all his best play­ers hap­haz­ardly into the thick of things.

“The pur­pose was for me just to ob­serve the other play­ers that had not had an op­por­tu­nity to play and for me it was huge be­cause I never had to ob­serve them in a very se­ri­ous game.

“We are one team that is set to play a big­ger num­ber of games than any­one else. For your in­for­ma­tion we are go­ing to play not less than 60 games, which is a huge num­ber of games in less than nine months.

“The rest of th­ese teams are go­ing to play an av­er­age 32 games and that tells you that you re­ally need to make sure you are very sen­si­ble in terms of man­ag­ing th­ese games.

“Not all of your best play­ers will get to play in all the 60-plus com­pet­i­tive games. So you re­ally need to man­age this kind of a sit­u­a­tion. But gen­er­ally I was im­pressed with what I saw,” said Chitem­bwe.

Makepekepe host Tsholot­sho in their next league game at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium on Sun­day.

They wel­come back all their play­ers, in­clud­ing some who were given time off dur­ing the Easter week­end.

Chitem­bwe said the de­feats in the Uhuru Cup will not dampen the spir­its.

“Am not look­ing at that (de­feat) be­cause in terms of our pri­or­ity and our key re­sult ar­eas I don’t think those games, in­clud­ing the ZNA Char­i­ties, were amongst what we de­sire to have this sea­son and I am sure we did set our­selves tar­gets in the Cham­pi­ons League and in the Pre­mier­ship.

“But like I said they did serve a pur­pose to look at our play­ers.

“The good thing is we have a good team that can com­pete and this is the rea­son we qual­i­fied for the group stage of the CAF Cham­pi­ons League.

“It was not by chance, nei­ther was it by co­in­ci­dence. We re­ally meant to achieve the things that we achieved, so we are happy,” said Chitem­bwe.

Makepekepe have four points from two games af­ter draw­ing with Sha­banie Mine in their open­ing match of the sea­son and then beat­ing Harare City in the sec­ond.

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