All three kick start pre­sea­son early CAPS United snap Phineas Ba­musi

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Mar­riot, who has made it pub­lic that DeMbare is his own prop­erty, has also been ac­cused of med­dling too much in the team’s af­fairs and has of­ten faced chal­lenge from sur­viv­ing founder mem­bers like Ernest Kamba.

Dy­namos coach Lloyd Chigowe, who is ex­pected to name Ex­pense Chi­tukutu as his first as­sis­tant, will need a united board­room if his “en­gine over­haul” ex­er­cise is to bear fruits.

Chigowe plans to off­load most of the play­ers that did duty in 2018 and bring in fresh play­ers from the ju­niors.

Veteran play­ers Ed­ward Sadomba and Jus­tice Ma­jabvi are also set to bounce back at the club while talks are on to bring the ex­cit­ing Nigel Makumbe who was on loan at High­landers from FC Plat­inum.

High­landers’ chief ex­ec­u­tive Nh­lanhla Dube has urged his club’s sup­port­ers to ac­cept the sad re­al­ity on the ground.

“While the club is weighed down by ex­pec­ta­tions be­cause of its history, there comes a time when that ex­pec­ta­tion should be matched with re­al­ity on the ground. e will never be able to match pound for pound with these com­pany spon­sored teams in the medium term,” said Dube.

“This change is hap­pen­ing world over, in the English Premier League you have your Manch­ester City, Chelsea emerg­ing as forces be­cause of their monies, and it’s the norm.

“Foot­ball changes all the time but on our part I think we have done the best we can, given our bud­get.”

Bosso have al­ready be­gun pre­par­ing for a come­back in 2019 and have so far brought back striker Prince Dube and cen­tral mid­fielder Nqo­bizitha Ma­suku.

Bantu Rovers prod­uct Bukhosi Sibanda is also now at High­landers, who lost speedy for­ward Gabriel Ny­oni last week.

“We are slowly mov­ing back into the realm of ex­pec­ta­tions, re­mem­ber we started pre­par­ing for 2019 early. We brought in Dube and Bukhosi mid­way last sea­son, we also now have Ma­suku back.

“One of the best play­ers at the re­cently held Un­der 20 tour­na­ment in Zam­bia An­drew Mbeba is our player, our mid­field quar­tet of Adrian Silla, Brian Banda, God­frey Makaruse and Den­zel Khu­malo has an av­er­age age of 21 years.

“We also have the best keeper in the land Ariel Sibanda, so I be­lieve we are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” boasted Dube.

2018 was thorny for Caps United who fin­ished eighth, their worst per­for­mance since 2012 when they ended on 10th po­si­tion.

So poor were Caps United, they only had 200 pay­ing fans for their last home match against Cha­pungu on Novem­ber 24.

Yet only two sea­sons ago, Makepekepe were cham­pi­ons and their spec­tac­u­lar fall has frus­trated coach Lloyd Chitem­bwe, who like his DeMbare coun­ter­part Chigowe, is set to em­bark on a ma­jor clear out ex­er­cise.

Mil­ton Ncube and Peter “Rio” Moyo have been linked with Harare City, Wis­dom Mu­tasa is head­ing to Man­ica Diamonds, Den­nis Dauda has al­ready left while striker John Zhuwawu is also on his way out.

De­fen­sive pil­lar Stephen Makatuka has been linked with Black Rhi­nos.

Skip­per Hardlife Zvirekwi’s con­tract ex­pires to­mor­row.

On the flip side, Caps United have al­ready cap­tured speed mer­chant Phineas Ba­musi and are tar­get­ing veteran at­tack­ing player Ali Sadiki and for­mer Bosso player Ny­oni.

Caps United chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cuth­bert Chitima, who wants to for­get 2018 as quickly as pos­si­ble, re­mains optimistic though. “We are work­ing flat out to bring back the Kepe Kepe that our sup­port­ers want. So far we are al­most through with three big deals but I can’t dis­close the play­ers’ names now.

“There are more play­ers com­ing, we have hit the ground run­ning in our quest to bring back glory to the club,” added Chitima

“2018 is a year we want to for­get quickly. We thought we would com­pete well, es­pe­cially af­ter as­sem­bling ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers but they dis­ap­pointed.

“We col­lapsed spec­tac­u­larly in the sec­ond half of the sea­son, a lot of things went wrong, play­ers let us down,” moaned Chitima.

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