Dauda joins Yadah

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma Se­nior Sports Re­porter

CAPS UNITED have re­leased de­fender Den­nis Dauda to join Yadah Stars just two days af­ter the gan­gly centre-back was trans­fer-listed for ques­tion­able pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

Dauda was kicked out of the Green Ma­chine af­ter post­ing con­tro­ver­sial com­ments on so­cial me­dia, sug­gest­ing his heart was torn be­tween do­ing his best for CAPS United or Yadah Stars, a club owned by his spir­i­tual fa­ther Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya.

The Green Ma­chine lead­er­ship said they had agreed, in prin­ci­ple, with Yadah Stars to sign Dauda and said re­ports that other play­ers were sup­port­ing the de­fender were not true.

CAPS United will take on five­time African cham­pi­ons Za­malek in a CAF Cham­pi­ons League battle at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium on Sun­day.

Makepekepe, who are bot­tom with three points, still have a math­e­mat­i­cal chance to squeeze be­yond Group B should they win their last two matches and pray the other re­sults go their way.

All the play­ers trained ex­cept for goal­keeper Ed­more Sibanda who limped off af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing his leg in­jury.

How­ever, the big goal­keeper could be avail­able for Sun­day’s game.

Yes­ter­day, the club man­age­ment led by club pres­i­dent Farai Jere ad­dressed the play­ers and the tech­ni­cal team at the gi­ant fa­cil­ity.

Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Cuth­bert Chitima said it was a rou­tine meet­ing in which they needed to touch base with the team af­ter the de­par­ture of one of the se­nior play­ers.

“It was a nor­mal meet­ing. We usu­ally have these meet­ings to hear the con­cerns of the play­ers and map­ping the way for­ward.

“The play­ers raised their con­cerns, there was noth­ing news­wor­thy.

“We felt it was im­por­tant af­ter the de­par­ture of one of the play­ers that we meet with them so that no-one spec­u­lates about what is re­ally go­ing on at the club.

“We also asked if any of the re­main­ing play­ers were in­ter­ested in leav­ing the club, but no other player ex­pressed his in­ter­est to move.

“We are very fo­cused as a club and ev­ery­one is pre­par­ing for the big match.

“Foot­ball is played by 11 play­ers, and this is a chance for other play­ers to prove them­selves. There is no fi­nan­cial cri­sis at the club, but peo­ple tend to ex­ag­ger­ate.

“Be­ing owed May salary to me that is not an is­sue,” said Chitima.

The ad­min­is­tra­tor added that they have agreed in prin­ci­ple with Yadah and gave Dauda the green light to start train­ing with the club.

“Dauda has gone to Yadah. We gave him the green light so that he can start train­ing there. We have agreed in prin­ci­ple. What is only left is to put pen to paper,” he said.

Egyp­tian giants Za­malek ar­rived in the coun­try yes­ter­day ahead of their CAF Cham­pi­ons League show­down against CAPS United.

The White Knights coach Au­gusto Ina­cio re­fused to en­ter­tain the lo­cal me­dia at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

He said they were tired af­ter a 15-hour flight which took them via Zam­bia.

The head of del­e­ga­tion Hani Zadeh, who ar­rived in the coun­try on Mon­day to pre­pare for the smooth ar­rival of the team, said the Egyp­tians needed rest.

Sun­day’s game is a must-win for both teams if they still dream of go­ing be­yond the Group B stage.

The White Knights were fined heav­ily by the club’s chair­man Mor­tada Man­sour fol­low­ing their 2-0 de­feat to USM Al­ger in Al­giers.

All the play­ers were fined $5 512,56 while Tarek Hamed was fined $11 025,11 af­ter he was ex­pelled from the game for pick­ing up two yel­low cards.

The tech­ni­cal team will have one-month’s salary de­ducted from them.

Coach Ina­cio, a for­mer Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional, said it was a dif­fi­cult match where they faced an or­gan­ised and strong team.

The coach ex­pressed his con­fi­dence in pro­gress­ing should they beat CAPS United and Al Ahli Tripoli.

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