HARARE – CAPS United coach Taurai Mangwiro has sensationally poured out his heart in an interview over the obtaining crisis at his team, blasting his bosses for jeopardising the club’s title quest by neglecting players.
Mangwiro took off the gloves yesterday in an inclusive interview with the Daily News, opening up for the first time since his players boycotted training last month in protest over unpaid dues.
CAPS chief executive Joe Makuvire at the time refuted media reports that the players had not been paid their salaries in three months, blaming external forces for attempting to divert the team’s attention as the Harare club seek its first league title in eight years.
The four-time champions blew a chance to reduce the gap with log leaders Dynamos when they were held 1-1 by Triangle at the National Sports Stadium on Wednesday. The draw left United trailing DeMbare by five points with eight games remaining.
And with CAPS United fans expecting better things this season after a good run by their team, Mangwiro has labelled the optimism as a “distant dream for as long the players’ plight is not addressed.”
“I have been quite for some time now,” Mangwiro told the Daily News yesterday. “I thought it was an in-house issue which will be addressed at a professional level. But from the look of things, it seems nothing will happen anytime soon.
“It is difficult to motivate players on empty stomachs. These players have gone for three months without getting a cent. And to make matters worse, their plight is not addressed.
“Mr Twine Phiri is one of the best administrators in the country, but the people he has chosen to run the affairs of the club seem not to be concerned. They don’t even put an effort to come and talk to the players. As the technical team and players, we have done our part to get the results, but it becomes difficult when you are not appreciated. I felt people should know about this whole thing. The problem comes when the results are not coming and we will be blamed when the real issues are being ignored.
“We can’t talk of the championship when we are in this state. At this point of the season, players should be motivated but it’s different in our camp. We are trying to push the youngsters but it came to a point when you get frustrated. Some of them have families to look after and it’s very difficult.”