Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWE international midfielder, Archford Gutu, has decided to join CAPS United, rather than returning to his old club Dynamos, with the Green Machine unveiling him as their latest high-profile acquisition yesterday.
Gutu has been training with Dynamos since his return from Sweden and club secretary-general, Webster Chikengezha, on Monday night told ZBC’s weekly football magazine programme, Game Plan, that they expected to conclude negotiations with the midfielder this week.
Chikengezha said there were some issues that still needed to be sorted out.
However, Gutu has decided to join Makepekepe and was unveiled by the Green Machine yesterday and introduced as a second half substitute of their practice match against Kabwe Warriors of Zambia at the National Sports Stadium. CAPS United lost that tie 0-2.
Gutu’s management team struck a deal with CAPS United on Monday after negotiations with Dynamos broke down.
And yesterday Gutu declared that he is at CAPS United to win trophies and while he had wanted to return to DeMbare, the two parties could not strike a deal.
“For me it was my first day with the guys and I expect to win matches with the team, this is still pre-season but we would be looking forward to winning the matches.
“It was my first day with the guys, I didn’t train with them. I feel good to join the club, it is all about football and I don’t have any pressure.
“My first priority was Dynamos because that is the team I came from and so I gave them first priority just to show them love but it didn’t go well.
“I cannot comment much on that as it’s an issue that was being handled by my management.
“The fans would be expecting a lot from me because I am coming from Europe but I don’t have any pressure dealing with that and I believe that, with their support, I will do well.”
Gutu left the country in 2012 when he joined Swedish top-flight side, Kalmar, and made a huge impression then before fading out of the picture and being loaned to a lower division team. He joins his friend Abbas Amidu at CAPS United.
Last year Amidu was in the United Arab Emirates playing for Masafi.
CAPS United have also signed Devon Chafa, Cabby Kamhapa, Allen Gahadzikwa, Dennis Dauda, Tafadzwa Rusike and Gilbert Mapemba.