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CAPS United F.C. is a Zimbabwean football club based in Harare. Formed in 1973, the team rose to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s when it was home to some of the finest ever Zimbabwean players. These include the feted striker Shacky “Mr. Goals” Tauro , the late Stanley “Sinyo” Ndunduma, Joel “Jubilee” Shambo, Stanford ”Stix“ Mtizwa, Friday “Breakdown” Phiri, Clever Muzuva, Size Torindo and Brenna Msiska. During this period, CAPS United got the nickname “Cup Kings” as it virtually monopolised championship to knockout tournaments like Chibuku Trophy, Roseball Charity Shield and the Independence Trophy. Its avid fans nicknamed it “Makepekepe”.
History
The creation of Black Rhinos F.C , bankrolled by the Zimbabwe Defense Forces in mid-1980s, nearly sank the CAPS United ship as almost all of their cream players joined the army side because of its financial potency. However, CAPS United soldiered on and would still claim some knockout tournaments with such players like Abdul Karim, Carlos “Murehwa” Marx, Tobias Sibanda, Never “Maswera Sei” Chiku, Eddie Muchongwe, Silver “Bonzo” Chigwenje, Maxwell Cheche Biliart and Basil “Bhashi” Chisopo, Kudzanai “Kau Kau” Taruvinga, CAPS United virtually swept all before it, powering to an inevitable glory. According to Robson Sharuko , a Zimbabwean sports journalist, that was the “finest attacking team ever assembled in the ‘90s” in Zimbabwe.
A bad patch came to haunt the club in the late 1990s when it was almost relegated to Division One League football because of financial constraints faced by their sponsors, CAPS Holdings Limited . A host of players left for greener pastures to either South Africa or Europe. The sponsors decided to sell the CAPS United franchise to a hitherto little known soft spoken Harare businessman
Twine Phiri . Although he struggled in the early days of running the club, Phiri remained determined to transform the club into a force to reckon with and immediately turned the club into a professional outfit. His efforts were rewarded in 2004 when the team won the Championship for the third time in its history. With Charles Mhlauri as the head coach, the team had such star players like Cephas Chimedza, Lloyd “Lodza” Chitembwe, Leonard “Aghahohwa” Tsipa, Brian “Marcopolo” Badza, Raymond Undi, Ashely Rambanepasi,
Blessing Makunike and the Zambian duo of Laughter Chilembe and Ian Bakala.
Nickname
The team’s fans christened the club “The Green Machine” because of its colours and were regarded in the Zimbabwe Media as a threat to vegetation as they would cut tree branches to use as regalia in supporting their team. Despite losing other star players like Blessing “Yogo-Yogo” Makunike (accident), Artwell Mabhiza, David Sengu and Raymond Undi who migrated to England in 2005, the team went on to retain the Championship the same year, with a
Malawi international midfielder Joseph Kamwendo shining the whole season.
CAPS United always remains a threat to other traditional heavyweights Highlanders and Dynamos who are its major rivals.
Contribution to the Zimbabwe Warriors
Caps United has had several of their coaches coaching the national teams; Charles Mhlauri is the most notable one who went on to qualify for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt and won Cosafa Cup 2005.He won a Treble in 2004. Another notable coach is Steve Kwashi who did well with the Zimbabwe junior national team.
Several players from CAPS United have played for the Zimbabwe National team. The list includes Solomon Kaseke, The late Misheck ‘Zuda’ Nelson, Brenna Msiska, Abdul Karim, Energy Murambadoro (goalkeepers), Shacky Tauro , Stanford Mtizwa, Joel “The Headmaster” Shambo, Friday “Amayenge” Phiri, Charlie Jones, Carlos Marx, Dumisani Mpofu, Edelbert Dinha, Lloyd Chitembwe, Charles Yohanne, Morgan Nkatazo, Mpumelelo “Era Muna” Dzowa,
Leonard Tsipa , Blessing “Yogo Yogo” Makunike , Alois Bunjira ,Cephas Chimedza, Raymond ‘left drive’ Undi, David Sengu and Brian Badza. Caps has also had other international players like Ian Bakala, Laughter Chilembe (Zambia), Joseph Kamwendo, Hadji Tambala (Malawi).
The Green Machine led the soccer revolution through acquiring professional players from neighbouring countries as well as making strategic partnerships with European countries like Belgium. The club helped transform the Zimbabwean football with the introduction of Caps academy the brain child of their most successful coach Charles Mhlauri. This helped bridge the gap and develop a lot of juniors to eventually play for the senior team. The most successful products of this academy are Lionel ‘Stix’ Mtizwa, Oscar Machapa, Washington Pakamisa, Tsungi Mudzamiri, Tichaona Nyenda, Takesure Chiragwi, Charles Manjera, Danger Fourpence , Matthew Tafiremutsa and Musset Zengeni most of whom went on to represent the country at junior and senior Zimbabwe national team.
However, the club had an unforgettable cruise in the African safari after it was suspended for 3 years from the African Champions League in 2006 after using an unregistered player.
On 30 August 2010; Lloyd Chitembwe’s 20-month stint as CAPS United’s head coach ended when he left the Green Machine yesterday after his contract was terminated by mutual consent, following a poor run of results that has torched a rebellion among the club’s fans. [1]
On 12 January 2012 Sean Connor[2] was appointed manager, the
Northern Irishman had previously managed Sligo Rovers , Bohemian F.C. and Galway United in the League of Ireland, leading Galway on the worst season in their history with a record run of defeats[3] and relegation to the League of Ireland First Division (though the club withdrew from the league before they could take their place).
Management
Manager: Freddy Mukwesha
Assistant Manager: Stephen Kwashi
Assistant Manager: Brenna “Baba Gari” Msiska
Honours
CBZ Cup: 1
2008
ABC Super8 Challenge: 1
2008
Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League: 4
1979, 1996, 2004, 2005
Zimbabwean Cup : 9
1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2008
Zimbabwean Independence Trophy : 4
1992, 1993, 1996, 1997
Zimbabwean Charity Shield: 1
1996
Defence Forces Charity Shield: 5
2013
Zambezi Challenge Cup – Malawi: 5
2014
Performance in CAF competitions
CAF Champions League: 3 appearances
1997 – Second Round
2005 – second Round
2006 – disqualified in second Round
CAF Confederation Cup : 2 appearances
2009 – First Round
2010 – Second Round of 16
CAF Cup: 3 appearances
1993 – withdrew in first round
1994 – disqualified in first round
1998 – withdrew in first round
CAF Cup Winners’ Cup : 4 appearances
1981 – Second round
1982 – Quarter-finals
1983 – Quarter-finals
1988 – First round
Current squad [4][5]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Tafadzwa Dube
GK Joram Muchambo
GK Cris Mverechena
DF Blessing Zabula
DF Stephen Makatuka
DF Ronald Pfumbidzayi
DF Tapiwa Kumbuyani
DF Asani Nhongo
DF Tongai Mangwendere
DF Tinashe Dhlewa
MF Dominic Mukandi
MF Madaliso Mwanza
MF Ishmail Thindwa
MF Hardlife Zvirekwi
No. Position Player
MF Takudzwa Mahori
MF Moses Muchenje
MF Benson Maglas
MF Gerald Phiri
MF Tinashe Makanahiri
MF Keith Chikotora
MF Timothy Pukunyani
MF Clemence Zimhondi
FW Dominic Chungwa
FW Leonard Fiyado
FW Pervington Zimunya
FW Kevin Sibanda
FW Tinovimba Muswe
Notable players
The players listed represented their nation at international level.
Joseph Kamwendo
Peter Mponda
Ian Bakala
Boyd Chanda
Laughter Chilembe
Quincy Antipas
Brian Badza
Alois Bunjira
Nicholas Chazika
Cephas Chimedza
Heavens Chinyama
Lloyd Chitembwe
Edelbert Dinha
Luke Petros Jukulile
Edzai Kasinauyo
Newton Ben Katanha
David Kutyauripo
Tostao Kwashi
Gift Lunga
Oscar Machapa
Blessing Makunike
Edmore Mashiri
Asani Matora
Albert Mbano
Dumisani Mpofu
Lionel Mtizwa
Energy Murambadoro
Stewart Murisa
Nyasha Mushekwi
Gift Muzadzi
Method Mwanjali
Melusi Ndebele
Morgan Nkathazo
Malvern Nyakabangwe
Washington Pakamisa
Ashley Rambanapasi
Tafadzwa Rusike
Agent Sawu
Simba Sithole
Mike Temwanjera
Walter Tshuma
Raymond Undi
Managers
Rahman Gumbo (2002–03)
Fewdays Musonda (2003)
Charles Mhlauri (2004–05)
Lloyd Chitembwe (2008–10)
Moses Chunga (2010–11)
Sean Connor (2012)
Mkhuphali Masuku (2012)
Taurai Mangwiro (2013–2014)
Mark Simon Harrison (2015-)
References
1. ^ http://www1.chronicle.co.zw/inside.aspx?sectid=11646&cat=5
2. ^ CAPS United to unveil Irishman as new coach — Nehanda Radio
3. ^ Relegation brings end to disastrous season for United | Galway City Tribune | galwaynews.ie
4. ^ “Caps United FC” . FootballZone. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
5. ^ Mashava, Dakarai (16 March 2012). “CAPS Utd

News

CAPS United have unveiled six new players including returning players at a function held at Harare Sports club
Former national team skipper Method Mwanjali joins the club on a free contract after being released by Mamelodi Sundowns
Another player that marked his return to CAPS United is Oscar Machapa . Dominic Chungwa may be joining as well but the club says his deal is yet to be concluded. Chungwa though was present alongside other players that have signed.
The other players to be presented were Justice Jangano, Phenias Bhamusi , Michael Mweni, and Equatorial Guinea midfielder cum striker Pedro

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