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31/12/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
New Hubby? ... Twine Phiri Caps United owner

CAPS United Football Club players have blasted the owner and president of the club Twine Phiri saying he cared more about his own affairs than their welfare.

Players who spoke to NewZimbabwe.com claimed that Phiri splashed money on his lavish secret wedding in Malawi something which they said saw them going for Christmas without receiving their winning bonuses.

The players said it hurts to hear that their boss decided to spend money on his romance in Malawi when they are languishing in poverty.

The players took a swipe at Phiri saying he can wed and marry any woman he decides to spend his life with but he has a duty to also see that they are paid what they are owed.

According to the players, Phiri tied the knot with a senior Malawian diplomat based at the Harare embassy.

The secret wedding took place in Malawi with only close family members and friends being invited, they said.

Speaking on condition that they are not named, the players said they had a bleak festive season and have since approached ZIFA for assistance.

“We had nothing to give to our families despite a season of hard work, and we have since engaged ZIFA to help.”

“Our boss is not taking the club issues seriously, we were all shocked when he heard that the time we needed him most he was busy with his romance in Malawi yet we were being told that he was away on business,” said an angry player. 

Another player said Phiri should surrender the team to other business people who have the interest of the team at heart.

CEO Joe Makuvire said the club was able to pay the players’ salaries despite the prevailing economic conditions.

“On the issue of bonuses we will pay as we progress but I’m happy that we have managed to pay salaries.”

The 2014 season saw players boycotting training sessions over payments.

At the end of the 2014 season, the team lost their gaffer Taura Mangwiro to neighbours Harare City FC. Despite all the challenges, Mangwiro  took the club to a third place finish - their best after a long time.

Information from the local dailies says  Caps United have already lost utility player Kelvin Bujali to rivals Dynamos with his teammate Dominic Chungwa expected to follow him.

Seasoned goalkeeper Tafadzwa Dube, midfield workhorse Tendai Samanja, Tapiwa Khumbuyani and playmaker Hardlife Zvirekwi are also set to leave the club. 


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