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CAPS, FC PLatinum make eye-catching acquisitions

[Posted 04 Feb 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Will the newly assembled CAPS United under Chunga win trophies in 2011?


It has become a norm in Zimbabwe for CAPS United to start the season as championship favourites because of their top-billing pre-season acquisitions. 2011 season is certainly no different, as the green machine has assembled an eye-carching squad.

One such new name which carries so much hope for most Zimbabweans is that of highly-rated Under 20 striker Simbarashe Sithole. The former Shooting Stars striker was lured to the Green Machine by coach Moses Chunga.

The Young Warriors striker scored twice in the Zimbabwe U' 23 team's victory over Zambia in Lusaka early this year, and played another crucial role in the 1-1 draw in the return leg.

Sithole is currently in the Warriors' CHAN squad in Sudan, and is expected to partner Charles Sibanda or Norman Maroto in his country's opening fixture in Group B against Niger.

CAPS also swooped on another member of the CHAN squad, Charles Chiutsa, who has been signed from former champions Monomotapa. There has been confusion about Chiutsa's transfer after Dynamos registered him in the CAF: Champions league squad. 

The former Monomotapa attacking midfielder is expcted to form a match-winning combination with what is expected to be a deadly strikeforce in the premiership in 2011, that of Sithole and Clive Kawinga. He is known for creating opportunities for strikers.

Yet another option upfront for CAPS in the new season is that of much travelled and experienced striker Evans Gwekwerere, who did the often unimaginable thing of crossing the blue-green divide in the capital of Harare, after leaving Dynamos an unhappy man.

Gwekwerere might not strike one as a complete player, and has often been criticised for being lazy, but the former Moroka Swallows and Jomo Cosmos man knows how to finish off opportunities. He reminds CAPS fans of former shooter Never Chikwu. 

There is the unheralded but talented defender Steven Matangaise, who arrived at CAPS from relegated Lengthens.

Daniel Vheremu is another player who had reportedly signed for the green machine, but appears to be ready to change his mind to join newly promoted rich boys Mimosas, to be known as FC Platinum.

Its not clear if the Warriors defender has not signed a contract with CAPS already. He couldn land himself in trouble if he decided to rescind a signed contract without the consent of the Harare-based club.

Then there is an unknown entity Norest Mukwezvaramba, a potentially great striker.

By the time all the other acquisitions came on board, CAPS had already re-united with former son Washington Pakamisa, whose appeared to have flourished under the guidance of coach Lloyd Mutsa at Kiglon.

News from the CAPS camp is that a good number of youth players will be promoted to the senior national team, making competitions for first team jerseys stiff.

Will CAPS finally bury the ghost of being touted as potential champions every year, only to falter during the campaign. In the past few seasons, Makepekepe has flattered only to decieve in the unbranded premiership.

The Green Machine fans have reason to expect trophies and even the PSL title from their favourite club. What, with CAPS owning 5 of the players who are currently in the Warriors' CHAN team.

On the basis of players who are currently with the national team, CAPS and FC Platinum appear like two teams who will make possibly the strongest challenge on the league title.

New rich boys, FC Platinum have managed to lure some of the best strikers, best midfielders and the best defenders in the country.

The team that campaigned in the Southern division and won the right to join Zimbabwe elite soccer boys, has been probably the busiest on the job market during this off-season.

A quick survey of the current CHAN squad will reveal that it is not only CAPS that supplies the best soccer brains on the land to the CHAN squad. FC Platinum has rights to about 5 members of the sqaud.

Brothers Zephaniah and and Player of the year-runner up Joel Ngodzo dumped Highlanders to join the new 'aristoracts' of Zimbabwean football.

The platinum mining club now has on its books, the reigning Golden Boot winner Norman Maroto, the reigning Footballer of the year Charles Sibanda, including the championship winning captain with Motor Action, Bhekimpilo Ncube.

By any standards, the five acquisitions by FC Platinum are arguably among the best 11 players in Zimbabwe at the moment, amking them a very dangerous outfit going into the new season.

The balance of power in the local PSL will definitely shift in the new season. If Motor Action's performance in the CAF Champions league is anything to go by, the champions are not expected to successfully defend their time in the new season.

Dynamos, CAPS, FC Platinum and to a lesser extent Highlanders are expected to provide title winners in 2011, but many neutrals will put their money on CAPS and FC Platinum to lead the title charge.

Anyone can rule out seasoned campaigners like Dynamos and Highlanders at their own peril.

The Glamour Boys have been quietly doing their business during the off-season, as they prepare for the Champions League campaign.

They have acquired some of the most exciting youngsters in the form of Denver Mukamba, Devon Chafa, veteran striker Francis Kanda, and the still have the likes of Under 23 star Archieford Gutu and Warriors' keeper Washington Arubi, among other veteran players.

Bosso ended the season on fire, but will they be the same team without star players Zephaniah and Joel Ngodzo, as well as Francis Kanda among others who have left the club? Thats the big question in Bulawayo at the moment.



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