CAPS tour canceled
10 January 2016
CHAMPIONS CAPS United have cancelled their pre-season tour of Mozambique and Zambia.
Instead, the Green Machine will host a four-team tournament involving Zambian champions Zanaco and Mozambican league champions Ferroviario Beira later this month.
CAF Confederations Cup participants, Ngezi Platinum will complete the teams
The Green Machine started preparations for the Africa Safari last week ahead of their assignment away in Lesotho.
Makepekepe will play five-time Lesotho league winners Lioli FC in the preliminary round away from home for the first leg on the weekend of 10-12 February while the return leg will be played the following weekend in Harare.
With CAPS United fancied to progress, the real test awaits in the next round where former African champions TP Mazembe will be waiting.
Organisers of the tournament, Soccer Transfer International led by George Deda confirmed that a tournament will be held in two weeks’ time.
“Initially, that wasn’t the plan. CAPS United were supposed to tour the two countries but things have since changed. Now, we will be hosting the champions of Zambia, Zanaco FC and Mozambique winners Ferroviario. A Malawian side was going to the fourth team but we opted to replace them with Ngezi Platinum. They are representing Zimbabwe and we thought it will be noble to involve them as well,” Deda said.
“Dates are not yet certain but we are hoping for the January 27 weekend. Clubs would have advanced in their training sessions and its good time to experience a real game situations before the preliminary round of matches in Africa.”
Cuthbert Chitima, the CAPS United chief executive officer said training was going on well.
Ronald Chitiyo and Ronald Pfumbidzai, who were excused during the opening days after participating in the Warriors friendly matches, are back at training.
Missing in action is Stephen Makatuka who is said to have joined Amazulu, a national first Division One side in South Africa.
“All is well and the turnout improved this week. I am yet to get a clear picture on Makatuka who is yet to attend training. Otherwise it’s a full house as even players who were on national duty are back. All newcomers are coping well,” he said.