By Eddie Chikamhi
Denver Mukamba yesterday crossed the Great Divide to join CAPS United from Dynamos on a one-year loan, but the move has been pegged on the big condition that the midfielder should not feature when the giants clash in the Harare Derby this year.
The Green Machine also welcomed back gangly defender Denis Dauda from Yadah Stars.
Mukamba left DeMbare following a spectacular fallout with the Glamour Boys coach Lloyd Mutasa over his truant behaviour.
But as part of the conditions for his release to their bitter rivals, the Glamour Boys have inserted a clause which makes it clear the talented midfielder will not be considered for the Derby.
Makepekepe have pledged to provide a stable environment to the 25-year-old midfielder, who starts training this morning, and they will be hoping to get the best out of him during his one-year loan. The Green Machine also completed the signing of former Warriors utility man Milton Ncube on a two-year contract and striker Simba Nhivi who returns to the club on a one-year deal.
Mukamba’s handlers yesterday said the former DeMbare and Bidvest Wits man was excited by the move and has committed himself to reviving his career in a new setting.
His manager Gibson Mahachi said Mukamba was looking forward to the move. “Yes that is the agreement (not playing in the Derby). It’s something that is between the two clubs but I understand CAPS United are still engaging Dynamos on that,” said Mahachi.
“Denver is excited about the move. We are talking of someone who has accepted that he has made mistakes in his career and is determined to move on after recognising his shortcomings. That is where Denver is at the moment.
“Considering the love that he had for Dynamos, it took a lot from him to accept. But he is ready to move on. I spent a lot of time trying to explain to him that he was no longer wanted.
“He was very worried the last few days with what has been happening. Imagine, the executive tells you to go to training and when you get there the story is different.
“It really affected him but I am glad he has managed to absorb it and he is ready to play on. Football is his livelihood and I hope he will be able to thrive again at a new environment,” said Mahachi.
The Green Machine have promised a safe haven for the troubled midfielder.
Club chief executive Cuthbert Chitima said they were excited to have Mukamba in the fold.
“I think this is a good move for the player. Denver is a talented boy and as CAPS United we welcome him to the side.
“We have our own targets that we are chasing as a team and we hope he will fit in perfectly. And, considering the way he left Dynamos and all the things that had been said, you can see he is someone keen to make a fresh start in his career.
“I am sure he has something to prove and we will try and give him the environment to do well,” said Chitima.
Mukamba will hook up with his former DeMbare teammate Wisdom Mutasa who has also been roped in by Chitembwe this year.
Chitima said Mukamba was just part of the bigger picture as the Green Machine, who won the title in 2016, look to dominate the domestic league again this year. He said Ncube’s arrival from How Mine yesterday was also a big scoop and revealed a decision is yet to be made on striker Rodreck Mutuma who has been training with the club this month.
“Milton’s talent is unquestionable. He is a player who can fit in many positions on the pitch. He can play in defence, in midfield or as an attacking option and with all that experience, obviously his presence in the team will help bring stability.
“We are almost done with our squad. Maybe in the next two or so days we should be finalising everything. Mutuma is still training, no decision has been made yet,” said Chitima.