CAPS United are battling a goalkeeping crisis ahead of the CAF Champions’ League Group B match against Al Ahli Tripoli at the National Sports Stadium tomorrow, with both their senior ‘keepers in the casualty room.
First-choice goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda and his deputy Jorum Muchambo yesterday did not train with the team. They are nursing ankle injuries. This leaves Prosper Chigumba as the only fit ‘keeper in the dressing room.
Yesterday, the former Gunners goalie was involved in all drills and workouts which included a shooting session with attackers towards the end of their morning session.
The team’s technical team refused to divulge information on their injury concerns, with assistant coach Fungai “Tostao” Kwashi insisting they would rather focus on fit players. But The Herald can reveal that the medical team has put in some measures to get big ‘keeper Sibanda on his feet for the game by temporarily managing his pain with relief injections.
CAPS United captain Moses Muchenje was fined $800 last week for driving without a valid driver’s licence before being involved in an accident and fleeing from the scene.
Muchenje (25) pleaded guilty when he appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Ruramai Chitumbura.
He faced six counts, including driving without a licence, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident, negligent driving and driving an uninsured vehicle.
On the first count, Muchenje was fined $200 or two months in prison. Three months of the sentence were wholly suspended for five years.
On the second and third counts, Muchenje was fined $100 or 30 days in prison on each count and on counts four and five he was fined $50 or 20 days in prison on each count.
On count six, Muchenje was fined $300 or three months in prison and an additional three months was wholly set aside. He was ordered to pay $100 forthwith and the remainder before June 8.
AFTER local soccer giants Caps United were crowned champions last season, some of the club’s management officials and players visited a fast-rising Mabvuku prophet thanking him for his prayers and prophecies during the season.
Grace Harvest Ministries International founder Tawanda Bondera (30) is famed for predicting that the Green Machine team was going to win the championship, something which came true.
Bondera’s prophecies have catapulted him to fame, with his ministry expanding rapidly in and outside the high density suburb. This paper established that the church that conducts its services near Kamunhu shopping centre has been hosting prominent people especially in the soccer and music fraternities who all come for prayers.
Makepekepe’s forwards Leonard Tsipa and Simba Nhivi, and assistant coach Mark Mathe are some of the team’s personnel who visited the church after being crowned champions.
NewsDay Weekender recently caught up with Bondera at the ministry’s offices in Mabvuku where he shed light on how God began using him is soccer-related prophecies.
“I haven’t been interested in soccer since childhood. As people heard, last year, it came as a coincidence, soccer players heard of how God had been using me and they came. Fortunately, I gave them some prophetic words. The whole of last year all of them were coming to church, I led them, as a prophet God gave me the messages to give them and all the messages I gave them came to pass. This is until they got the championship,” Bondera said.
Bondera said it is no secret that after Makepepe victory, a number of soccer players and other team officials visited him for prayers.
“When they came, when I gave them some prophetic messages of what was going to happen, in fact, everything that I would speak to them it was to come to pass. They consistently came to the church, every time before a match I would pray for their uniforms, I would tell them what was going to happen.
“By so doing, we started attracting many players from football clubs like Harare City and Dynamos and even up to today they are consistently coming,” he said.
The soft-spoken man of the cloth said he has powers to predict scorelines and champions. He said he is currently praying to God that He reveals to him what will happen this season as far as soccer is concerned.
CAPS United have abandoned the use of chartered flights for their Total Caf Champions League Group B away matches for security reasons due to the unpredictable political situation in North Africa.
The league champions believe commercial flights will be reasonably cheaper compared to a chartered flight, whose journey can be easily interrupted in foreign lands.
Caps United were drawn together with five-time champions Zamalek of Egypt, Libya’s Al Ahli Tripoli, who play their home games in Tunisia due to the political turmoil in their home country, and Algeria’s USM Alger; teams all based in North Africa and the journey begins over the weekend of May 12-14 with a trip to Cairo.
“Those are high risk areas and to travel in our own plane might not be safe. We need to use commercial flights, which I think are very safe compared to a chartered plane. It’s risky to travel alone as a team and besides, commercial flights to those areas could be cheaper,” said Caps United president Farai Jere.
Ngezi Platinum remained on top of the log standings with 10 points from five starts while Makepekepe retreated one place into eighth position with six points from four outings.
The Green Machine appeared on course for victory after goals by Tafadzwa Rusike and Abbas Amidu who was playing as the main forward. But, just when it seemed like they had won the game, the hosts fought back.
Makepekepe skipper Hardlife Zvirekwi was disappointed with the draw.
“We managed to get a point away from home but to me it was so disappointing, we needed maximum points in this game and we had done everything for it.
Caps United 1 – 1 Tsholotsho
CAPS UNITED coach Lloyd Chitembwe’s decision to rest some of his senior players back-fired terribly when the champions had to scramble for a point in this Castle Lager Premiership tie against Tsholotsho yesterday at the National Sports Stadium.
The Green Machine had to come from behind to salvage a point after the visitors, who were reduced to 10-man, had found the lead in the first half through Nkosana Siwela in the 36th minute.
Caps United then levelled the terms in the 64th minute when defender Ronald Pfumbidzai headed home a delivery from Dennis Dauda for his second goal in as many matches.
But the champions’ decision to leave out Ronald Chitiyo, Hardlife Zvirekwi and captain Moses Muchenje from the starting line-up could have contributed to their challenges.
CAPS United coach Lloyd Chitembwe has played down his team’s troubled week, which saw them losing two matches, both in the Independence Trophy tournament, in a space of just three days.
The Green Machine were beaten 1-0 by Dynamos in the Independence Trophy semi-final on Sunday, before losing to FC Platinum by a similar scoreline in the tournament’s third and fourth place play-off two days later.
The two defeats were the league champions’ first in the eight competitive matches they have played across all competitions so far this season.
“We set our targets for the Champions League as well as the domestic league, and not necessarily in these invitational tournaments. Winning league games as well as a good run in the Champions League is where our focus and targets lie,” he said at the team’s weekly Press conference.
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.
GIANTS Dynamos edged bitter rivals CAPS United in Independence Cup semi-final soccer tie at the National Sports Stadium to set up a dream date against Highlanders.
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