Zimbabwe: Troubled Caps Fire Key Players

TROUBLED Castle Lager Premier League giants Caps United have dismissed their leading goal-scorer and goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda in a disciplinary measure.

Sibanda was fired yesterday together with former captain and centre back Nyasha Mukumbi and both were absent from the training session. The 'Green Machine' has plummeted to depths of mediocrity in the past two months after suffering seven straight defeats in the league.

The duo of Sibanda and Mukumbi follow another former captain, David Sengu, out of the former champions' dressing room after Sengu was dismissed for leading an industrial action.

Ironically, Sibanda - the goalkeeper - is the team's top goal scorer with three this season, one of which he scored in Caps' last win against Hardbody on June 11.

Yet after all their troubles, Caps remain confident Sunday's away game against Buffaloes will be the turning point.

"We are confident that the results will soon come, we have been doing everything and working hard at training such that we need just one win to get the confidence back," said coach Taurai Mangwiro. "What we are going through is not peculiar to us alone; Motor Action has been in the same situation and they have now recovered and it looks like Shabanie have also hit a bad patch. It happens to every team."

While the fans are worried about results and the league position, the long period without winning bonuses has taken its toll on players.

"It is difficult as most players have got families to look after but our welfare is in our own hands; it is us who have to win the matches so that we get the money and we are working hard towards that," said striker Washington Pakamisa.

Caps last won against Hardbody despite lack of incentives from management.

Caps United players get salaries of around US$300 and have a promise of winning bonuses of US$350.

Meanwhile, after failing in their bid for striker Simba Sithole's signature Caps are taking a closer look at former Highlanders striker Nqobile Mpala who is back in the country after a stint at Pretoria University.

The former Highlanders attacker has since started training with Caps with a view to clinching a deal.As a free agent Mpala can be registered with the club despite the transfer window being closed.

Elsewhere Dynamos are enjoying a fine run which has seen the Harare giants win four of their last five matches, the latest being their Denver Mukamba inspired 2-0 win over FC Platinum. DeMbare will be involved in another Harare derby when they take on former champions Gunners who face relegation worries after a poor run.

Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said they were looking to extend their winning streak and maintain pressure on log leaders Highlanders who face a tricky tie against Motor action.

Bosso will have to do something they have not been able to do in the last four years -- beat the Mighty Bulls at Barbourfields stadium if they are to maintain the three point buffer.

Dynamos see this as an opportunity to close the gap on Bosso.

"We are looking at continuing on the winning track, we want to keep going forward and getting better with each game," said Ndiraya. "Every game will be tough for us considering the pressure that comes with fighting for a league title and we know the same applies to Highlanders, Monomotapa and any other team that still has a chance. We know Gunners will be tough but we want to collect three points again and maintain the title push."

Edmore Sibanda has been given marching orders by Caps United management

Gunners who sold their top players to Caps and Dynamos in July have managed just one point from a possible 15 in the last five matches.

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