CAPS engage out of contract players

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WITH a lot of uncertainty regarding when the football season will start due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CAPS United are already in negotiations for contract renewals with a number of their stars.

The 2020 season should have kicked off in March but had to be postponed after the government declared a nationwide lockdown and banned all sporting activities.
Despite not being able to train and play matches, Makepekepe and the rest of the clubs have obliged to pay their players’ salaries.
The Green Machine has a huge roster after they went on a signing spree during the transfer window as they brought in close to 20 players.
The club leadership had been greatly disappointed by the monumental collapse in the last two games of the 2019 Castle Lager Premiership season.
Makepekepe had been top of the table heading into their final two games but defeats to Ngezi Platinum stars and FC Platinum saw them miss out on the title to the latter.
CAPS has signed a number of players who include Harare City trio of Ishmael Wadi, Tatenda Tumba and Munyaradzi Diro-Nyenye.
They also brought in Chicken Inn’s Innocent Mucheneka and former Yadah FC duo of Leeroy Mavhunga and Enock Karembo.
Goalkeeper Wallace Magalane was signed from FC Platinum while defender Carlos Mavhurume and midfielder Richard Hachiro were lured from Herentals.
Joseph Thulani and Tinashe Balakasi also arrived from relegated side Mushowani Stars while Obey Muleya was signed from second tier side Binga Pirates.
The other new faces in the Makepekepe squad are Tafadzwa Jaravani, Tatenda Munditi, John Chinyerere, Diego Makurumidze, James Marufu, Brendon Mpofu and Ian Nyoni
As the norm in local football, most of these players arrived on one-year deals and are technically free agents as they are allowed to negotiate with different teams since they are into the last six months of their contracts.
Makepekepe vice-president Nhamo Tutisani said the issue is top of their agenda as they hope the game is given the green light to resume.
“So, the issue of contracts is bilateral, like at CAPS United we formulated a programme where we are now talking to our players based on the team’s vision, mission and objectives,” Tutisani told the Daily News.
“For instance, our principle at CAPS United, we should have at least the bulk of our team six months before the season starts then we are left with few slots taking into account the nature of our business-like injuries, there could be transfers and sometimes change of hearts.
“We are seized with that at CAPS United; we are working on it with or without Covid-19. At CAPS United it’s much of an issue, why it’s a cause of concern, remember when a contract expires the issues to do with signing on fees comes in and it has a negative impact on anyone’s financial stability.
“So, it’s something that must be avoided and one of the reasons I’m saying this thing must be negotiated with the players.”
After Covid-19 brought about unprecedented disruption to global football, Fifa set out new guidelines to deal with issues of contracts and agreements between players and clubs.
In these new guidelines, Fifa gave scope to both parties to agree on measures like salary cuts, extension of contracts for the sole purposes of finishing the season and allowing the law of the land to solve frustrated agreements.
“Contracts are bilateral it’s between the employer and the employee. At the same time, we are not operating in isolation. We would need input from PSL, we would need input from Fuz as well as Zifa,” Tutisani said.
“We are fortunate in the sense that Fifa made a pronouncement to say people must try and find each other.
“To me, we should be using this unsolicited window that came by way of Covid-19 to say guys let’s sit down and dialogue about this.
“The reality says a player should be paid for giving a service.
“Clubs have demonstrated benevolence of goodwill by honouring their side of the bargain and the expectation is the players should also do the same but it’s not a forgone conclusion.
“It’s within their right not to reciprocate that gesture. Everybody thought it was going to be a very short period that’s why people continuously say football must resume.
“We all thought by June or July we will be out of this predicament but alas it’s not the case.”

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