By Tadious Manyepo
CAPS United are still waiting for the reverse international clearances of two of their star players Method Mwanjali and Oscar Machapa. Both players returned to the Green Machine from their adventures abroad. Mwanjali played for Tanzanian top-flight giants Simba Stars while Machapa opted out of AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Machapa, who had initially been overlooked by coach Lloyd Chitembwe from his squad two weeks ago was roped in as a direct replacement to injured captain Hardlife Zvirekwi who lost part of his lower arm in an accident last week.
But he did not play in that position as Kudzi Nyamupfukudza was deployed for the game against Harare City. And it appears both players will be sidelined for longer than expected as getting their clearance is proving to be an “uphill task” according to club chief executive Cuthbert Chitima.
He said they have written several times to Machapa’s AS Vita Club without reply.
“Oscar Machapa is still waiting for his clearance so that he can start playing for us. But we are facing some challenges in that the team (AS Vita Club) seem not to be very comfortable using English. He (Machapa) will have to wait a bit longer, but we are working on it. We are confident it will be out soon so that he can start playing for the team.
“On Mwanjali’s issue, you can contact the player himself for clarifications because we are waiting for him since he is the one who is supposed to come with his own clearance.”
Mwanjali could not be reached for comment.
CAPS United fans had hoped the duo get their clearances in time for their weekend tie against Bulawayo Chiefs at Barbourfields on Sunday.