By Anashe Murombedzi
CAPS United legends have expressed concern over the current state of affairs at the team after it slumped to an all time low following a 6-2 drubbing by log leaders Manica Diamonds last weekend.
The writing was on the wall but somehow those within the institution chose to turn a blind eye.
Sentiment aside, the team had gone for four matches without a win and that’s not a good sign if you were privileged enough to watch the trailblazing CAPS United of 1996 and the equally flawless 2004 side.
CAPS United have also gone for five matches without victory with just four points from four draws while the fifth match was a disaster of monumental proportions.
Whichever way you look at it, losing 6-2 to Manica Diamond is an embarrassment by CAPS United’s standards.
Former CAPS United striker Alois Bunjira is concerned about the current set up at the Green machine saying everything is structurally wide of the mark.
“When we look at the structure of the club at this moment it doesn’t really look good and build confidence for the future because there are no junior structures. There are no youngsters that are coming through from the development side to have guys assembled all over the place and it’s very difficult for the coach to knit a good combination, but that approach doesn’t work all the time because when you look at the successes of the previous team, it was always based in developing players from the juniors and then fills in with others from another side,” Bunjira lamented.
Although there’s a lot to be done in the Caps United camp, Former CAPS United defensive pillar, Dumisani Mpofu and David Sengu who captained the side during their glory days refreshed the tension of panick saying there is need to remain patient and stay positive.
Noted Mpofu: “I don’t think we have to panic it’s good it has happened early where there’s time to settle things right. We are confident in Lloyd Chitembwe after revamping the current team there’s hope the team will rise again because they are still far from relegation so let’s keep on supporting them till they turn things around.”
“There’s no need for the panic button and also it’s just a phase we are just five games into the season and over the weekend they are playing their sixth game and I have trust and faith in the coach and the playing staff and we have to put everything behind of everything happening at Caps and ahead of this, we need to win and see how the boys can be put together and intact to afford future games,” Sengu said.
It remains to be seen whether the Green Machine will rise from the ashes like a phoenix when CAPS United face equally struggling Whawha at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.