HARARE IS STILL BURNING . . . Dynamos, CAPS Utd players continue sit-in THANKS BUT NO THANKS . . . CAPS United players stage a sit in at their training ground after refusing to hold a practice session at Stanchart Sports Club yesterday

Tadious Manyepo and Curtworth Masango

CHAOTIC player-rebellion at Harare giants Dynamos and CAPS United is still reigning supreme, with players from both teams refusing to train for the second day running yesterday. 

Both sets of players are demanding their dues before they can return to the training field. 

With only a few days before they plunge into tricky fixtures at the weekend, there are genuine fears the players could even boycott those games. 

Dynamos host Highlanders in a massive Castle Lager Premier Soccer League tie at Rufaro on Sunday, while CAPS United will be away at Luveve against Chicken Inn on the same day. 

Interestingly, both DeMbare and Makepekepe lost the first legs of the upcoming fixtures on the opening weekend of the marathon in March. 

Now their chances of avenging the defeats are becoming slimmer by the day, although management at both clubs maintained yesterday that the situations were under control. 

CAPS United players are yet to receive their salaries for June, while the club still owes some of them their signing-on fees.

Makepekepe players showed up for training at Standard Chartered Sports Club, and put on their training bibs, but sat on the turf with club chief executive Morton Dodzo’s address doing little to change their stance. 

Dodzo confirmed the strike, but was surprised that the players had insisted on an industrial action even though they had been assured that funds meant for their salaries had now been transferred into the club account yesterday. 

He said CAPS United would settle the dues within the next two days. 

“I can confirm we had a stand-off with players and there are two outstanding issues. 

“We haven’t paid salaries for June. I wouldn’t want to take that issue as outstanding since June salaries are due and we need to pay. We regret having been delayed though we are working on them,” said Dodzo. 

“I feel the reports coming out in the media are exaggerated because our situation is not as bad as they are expressing it.

“The second issue is on signing on fees. The club owes signing-on fees to different individuals, and that is not a group issue it’s an individual issue based on the contract.

“Starting on Monday we will be calling individuals and start settling issues. I also want to dispel rumours that we owe players winning bonuses. 

“We are so fortunate that our directors were directing resources in time. So, the issue of signing on fees is the key issue, but I would want to assure key stakeholders that we are working on it and payments will be done as soon as possible. 

“This stand-off would not put our game against Chicken Inn in jeopardy. We can’t accept a standoff, even after assuring that the money is being processed and still, they fail to train but we have received assurance from the captain that the team will start to train tomorrow (today).” 

Some players who spoke to Zimpapers Sports said they will not train until the money (both salaries and sign-on fees) is paid. 

While the situation at Makepekepe training venue resembled workers in their regalia ready but reluctant to get down to business, it was the exact opposite at the DeMbare’s training ground. 

After staging a sit-in on Monday, the players didn’t show up yesterday morning as they had been told to report at work at 2pm.

The time was changed to 4pm, but by 5:30pm none of the players took to the field.

Later on, Dynamos executive committee member in charge of marketing David Chikomo addressed the players. 

He tried to give a picture of normalcy when talking to Zimpapers Sports. 

“We have engaged them (players) and addressed them. We have come to a consensus and everything is now under control,” said Chikomo. 

“Unfortunately, the engagement was done at a later stage of the day, and as you can see there are no floodlights such that the players can train but now there is no assurance that the team will train tomorrow.” 

The chaos at Dynamos has blighted the excitement that a return of their famous showdown with Bosso at Rufaro, after a five-year absence, would have created.

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