MUTARE – In a first for local football supporters, CAPS United fans conducted a clean-up of Mutare’s central business district on Saturday ahead of their teams’ clash with Buffaloes at Sakubva Stadium on Sunday.
CAPS United Supporters Association (CSA) Manicaland Chapter Chairperson, Kenneth Muchina said the clean-up exercise was meant to demonstrate the fans’ concern for the environment but was just one of many activities his newly formed association was going to engage in.
TAKE THE LEAD: CAPS United supporters cleanup Meikles Park in Mutare’s CBD on Saturday afternoon.
“We are environmentally conscious and we are trying to make sure that our environment is clean. But this is just one of a series of activities we are set out to do going into the next season,” Muchina said.
Early next year, Muchina said, they are working on a footballs and music gala to commemorate 10 years since the passing on of local Makepekepe son, Blessing “Yogo Yogo” Makunike, who died in a car crash back in March 2004.
CSA National Organising Secretary Ben Rambanapasi said they had hoped to conduct the clean-up campaign together with the Buffaloes supporters but failed due to a short notice in which the activity was organised.
He said local supporters owed his team’s visit to the eastern border city to Buffaloes participation in the top flight league and joining its supporters would have helped “communicate peace among football supporters.”
Rambanapasi said the exercise was also communicating the other side of CAPS supporters’ as responsible citizens of Mutare.
“It’s another way of showing our other side as responsible citizens and also encourage other people to support the local game,” Rambanapasi said on the side lines of the clean-up exercise.
Information and Publicity Secretary for the local chapter, Jonathan Bakachesa was upbeat about the way his teams’ supporters were organising themselves and reaching out to their colleagues with such activities.
“We are trying to mould our supporters into responsible actors locally and also in the same vein reaching out to our colleagues,” Bakachesa said.