Mwanjali, Goriyati want out?
17 May 2018
CAPS United have denied that out of favour Godwin Goriyati and Method Mwanjali are trying to force moves to join rivals Harare City.
Lloyd Chitembwe, whose team has much depth, mostly relies on Dennis Dauda and Stephen Makatuka as his central defenders.
“That didn’t reach me. So we cannot then speak about issues that are just speculation.
“Until such an issue reaches us or the technical team speaks to us, that is when we can speak about that,” CAPS United chief executive Cuthbert Chitima told H-Metro yesterday.
Considering that coaches normally want to keep the central defence combination intact, chances are slim that Chitembwe will try rotation.
Fitness issues on Makatuka’s part could however be an opportunity for the coach to make changes, but as things stand Justice Jangano is favourite to take up the position.
Speculation that Mwanjali and Goriyati tried to force a move were fueled by the fact that the Sunshine Boys are looking for a central defender.
This is after Elisha Muroiwa terminated his contract with the Harare City by mutual agreement.
Former Chitembwe number two Mark Mathe, who is now Mark Harrison number two, is also believed to be a huge admirer of both Goriyati and Mwanjali.
If such a move happens, it could further strengthen Harare City at the expense of CAPS, at a time when Harrison’s charges are dark horses in the title race.
CAPS United are one of the teams in the Premiership with much depth on all positions.
Although Chitembwe has proved to be one of the best when it comes to man-management, analysts say at some point, cracks will develop if some of his stars are not playing.
“We have our own unique situation as CAPS United and we wouldn’t want to compare ourselves with anyone.
“We are happy with the squad that we have and we are confident of retaining all the players we need,” Chitima said.
At 16 points, CAPS United are 13 points behind log leaders Ngezi Platinum after 11 games.
It is not a start that the 2016 champions were expecting but they remain favourites to make a comeback.
On Sunday Makepekepe face Highlanders away in what is expected to be an explosive encounter.
Bosso had lost rhythm in the few past matches but there is no prize for guessing what the Barbourfields atmosphere can do to the visitors.
Highlanders manager Madinda Ndlovu has already indicated that they rely much on the support from their fans.
Chitima said: “We are not really worried about the team’s form. We understand that this is football. You win some and you lose some.
“There are so many points to play for so there is every reason to believe in our team.”