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Zifa turn to Caps as Highlanders snub Unity Cup
21/12/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
We can't put a team together ... Peter Dube

CAPS United will clash with Dynamos in the 2015 Zifa Unity Cup final at the National Sports Stadium on Tuesday after Highlanders snubbed the competition.

The initial plan was to have the Mighty Warriors - the senior women’s football team - play South Africa in an international friendly as part of their preparations for the Rio 206 Olympic Games, but that fell through as well before Bosso was roped in.

It was the second time that the Bulawayo giants had snubbed a cup competition after they turned down an opportunity to play Dynamos in a two legged Joshua Nkomo Legacy Cup last week after late notification from the organisers.

Premier Soccer League champions, Chicken Inn, have also said they are not available for the match after giving their players early leave, leaving Zifa with no choice but to call on Caps United.

Chicken Inn will be playing in the 2016 Caf Champions League and resume preparations on January 4.

“We received communication from Zifa on Thursday when I had just arrived from South Africa. Our office closed for business on Friday, so it is so difficult to make logistics for the players to be available,” Highlanders chairman Peter Dube said.

He added: “It is not that we don’t want to play, but after we won the Easycall Cup, we released our players for the holiday. Some are in the rural areas and others are travelling elsewhere.

“We are in a dilemma. We don’t have the players. You might also have read from the Press that the coach is travelling to South Africa. What it then means is that if we are to participate, we will have to gather players from here and there.”

Interim coach Amin Soma Phiri will be in South Africa for an attachment at First National Divsion side Moroka Swallows at the invitation of former Warriors coach Ian Gorowa, who is the gaffer there.

Zifa communications manager, Xolisani Gwesela said: “I have spoken to Highlanders and they are saying they have no capacity to assemble a team.

“We tried Chicken Inn and they have the same problem. Our idea was to celebrate Unity Day through football and the sponsors wanted Highlanders and Dynamos.

“We have to get back to the sponsor to find out what can be done.”

Caps United board member marketing Alois Bunjira confirmed his side will play in Tuesday’s match. Winners will take home $20 000 and the losers $5 000.


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