Zimbabwe Premier League giants CAPS United have set their sights on acquiring some Nigerian & Zambian talent.
Via The Herald, an anonymous Harare Businessman revealed that the Green Machine have consulted him to facilitate and finance deals for a couple of quality foreign players.
“It’s time to make our contacts work to facilitate (the establishment of) a better squad,” the source told the publication.
“I will be facilitating and co-ordinating the raising of support for the foreign players who make the grade. We are expected to also invite defenders from Zambia.”
FAQ: Which players have we signed so far?— Caps United FC (@capsunitedfczw) January 9, 2020
Answer: The club is still in the process of assembling a squad believed to be strong enough to challenge for honours. Unveiling of new players, and the list of released ones will be published as soon as the technical department is done. pic.twitter.com/d4pvasaSYy
In addition to the deals' background, the publication shared an exclusive letter from CAPS United that confirms the invitation of the footballers - including names. The clubs Administration Manager, Morton Dodz is quoted:
“Please, kindly accept this letter as a formal invitation and request to attend trials by CAPS United Football Club, a team domiciled in Zimbabwe, a member of the Zimbabwe Football Association registered to play in the Zimbabwe Premier Division League,” Dodzo wrote.
“The club would like to have Mr Wakeel Adenkule Okunade, a Nigerian national, to join the club on a two-week official football trial, during our pre-season as from 16 January 2020.
“We also request that you ensure you have a travel visa and a police clearance with you before departure.
“After the trial period, CAPS United, if impressed, may offer the football player a professional employment contract subject to medical and physical examination.”
Another CAPS official also revealed further details to The Herald: “While invitations have been sent to the Nigerians, it’s not the only country, in terms of players, which we are targeting,” said the source.
“As long as we can get a good player from any other country, who suits what we want to achieve, we will try as much as we can to get him. The trend, in recent years, has been that we lose our best players to foreign teams because we can’t afford to pay them what they get in those countries.
“But we have come up with a plan that can help us sustain the presence of these foreigners, if they are good enough to make a difference in our team, here in Zimbabwe.
“There is a prize you get for being ambitious and we want to have a different CAPS United that is geared to deliver silverware and also to have a strong appeal to the corporate sector while giving a chance for promising young players to rise through our ranks.
“Last year really hurt and everyone at the club has been saying we can’t have such heartbreak again and the time has now come for us to flex our muscles and create a strong team which our fans and corporate partners can be proud of,” concluded the official.
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