Battle of the Cities in doubt as… CAPS United players go on industrial action

By Lawrence Trusida, Sports Editor

The eagerly anticipated Battle of the Cities between Highlanders and CAPS United set for Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday hangs in the balance after CAPS United players embarked on industrial action over unpaid dues.

The industrial action has now gone for three days, casting doubt over CAPS United’s big clash against Highlanders set for Barbourfields stadium this Sunday.

This news crew went to the club’s training ground for the Media Open day this Thursday, but there was no training with the facility disserted.

 Sources confirmed that a handful of players turned up for training but remained in the car park.

This is not the first time that CAPS United players have protested over unpaid dues this season and the last time it resulted in three players being axed from the club.

Contacted for comment, CAPS United Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Jones promised to get back to the ZBC News crew, but was unavailable until broadcast time.

The players have not been paid their salaries and winning bonuses for the past three months a period during which the Green Machine went on a five-match unbeaten run in the league.

The club’s directors have always gone on a charm offensive during crisis talking of deals to be signed, but nothing has materialised.

What is also disappointing to the neutrals is that the club which is threatening to throw the league programme into disarray is owned by PSL Chairman Farai Jere.

Meanwhile, Harare City Coach Taurai Mangwiro has been fined US$1 250 after being charged with misconduct for comments he made in the media following his team’s Chibuku Super Cup first round loss to Chicken Inn last weekend.