30 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Mironga Leaves Caps United

LONG serving CAPS United chief executive Maxwell Mironga has parted ways with the Premiership giants, becoming the second high profile official to leave the club inside a month after vice-president Farai Jere quit in December last year.

However, the Green Machine have quickly moved in to find a replacement, recalling former marketing manager Joe Makuvire who will now take over as as the new chief executive.

Makuvire returns to the club after a stint with the high riding Makepekepe class of 2004 and 2005 when the club won back to back league titles under the guidance of Charles Mhlauri.

CAPS United also won the Buddie Cup and the Independence trophy during that memorble period.

But the former Cup Kings have hit turbulent waters in the last month following the baordroom problems that led to Jere's shock departure.

With Jere turning his back on CAPS United, Mironga, widley acknowledged as The Harare businessman's right hand man in the Makepekepe administration, was always going to find himself in a tricky situation under a new dispenstaion.

Interstingly Mironga rose through the CAPS United ranks in the same period that Jere rose to become the club's vice-presient and chief financier.

Repeated efforts to get a comment from Mironga were fruitless last night but CAPS United president Twine Phiri confirmed that their chief executive had since quit his post.

"Mr Mironga has stepped down and our former marketing manager Joe Makuvire is now our chief executive.

"We are still working on the board and will announce it soon. Everything is in place at the club and there is no need to panic,"said Phiri.

CAPS United are having a quite pre-season in comparison to the lofty standards they had set over the years which were normally charactrised by long training camps to such places like Kariba and Chiredzi.

Phiri, however insisted that the club's preparations "are well on course".

"The coaches will announce their new players after they are done. I cannot say much at the moment but l understand some of the fans might have been unsettled with the weekend"s result against Black Rhinos but they were just Under-19 players and the coaches are still working on new players," said Phiri. It is not yet clear which of the senior players have committed themselves to CAPS United for 2013.

Meanwhile, Eagles director and former Dynamos secretary-general Stan Kudenga has ruled out an immediate return to domestic football administration, ending speculation that he might soon bounce back as one of the directors on the proposed new CAPS United board. Kudenga owned the now defunct Premiership outfit Eagles and an academy -- Chitungwiza United --before deciding to sell the top-flight franchise to Zimbabwe Saints.

A banker and chartered accountant by profession, Kudenga who has now ventured into farming yesterday said he had been surprised by reports linking him with a move to become one of the directors who will drive the Green Machine in the 2013 campaign.

Kudenga said he was still on a long sabbatical from the national game as he had decided to put all his attention on his new business ventures.

"I am now focussing on my farming project and that is what I am working on full time.

"As for football, I started my project with Eagles, which mainly targeted youth development and it rose from Division One to the Premiership and I think I achieved something with them. Even if I were to come back into football the last thing I would do is to join CAPS United in any capacity because I am a Dynamos supporter, I have worked for Dynamos in an offcial capacity before and so it is either I would be doing my own thing again or I will be working to help Dynamos in some role," Kudenga said.

Despite being good friends with CAPS United president Twine Phiri, Kudenga, however, said he had not officially "spoken to anyone at CAPS.

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