Although club director, Farai Jere, refused to discuss the figures involved, a highly placed source within the club revealed that the 3,2 million rands (about US$412 000) was received by CAPS United after it sold four players. The players are, Method Mwanjali, Tafadzwa Rusike, Oscar Machapa, and Nyasha Mushekwi.
Jere, without giving figures, confirmed that the Green Machine indeed received a substantial amount for selling players to South Africa.
Radio VOP, however, was unable to get the figures of how much each of the players cost. Mwanjali and Mushekwi will be leaving for Mamelodi Sundowns while Machapa is going to Moroka Swallows. Rusike will be joining Ajax Cape Town.
The money that CAPS United received is enough to buy replacements for the departed players. There will be a second player registration period when the season takes a break for the World Cup in June.
CAPS United has also struck a deal with the South African clubs to allow the four players to continue playing for the Green Machine until the South African season starts in August. Jere said the players will continue playing for CAPS United in both the Caf Confederations Cup and the Zimbabwean domestic league.
Mwanjali, Mushekwi, Machapa and Rusike are registered to play for the Green Machine in the Pan African competition as well as the local league.
According to Jere, in the case of Mwanjali and Mushekwi, it was in fact, their new employer who requested that they continue playing for CAPS United in order for them to maintain their match fitness. South Africa”s soccer season is currently on break.
While this is good news for CAPS United fans, it is disappointing news for their opponents as they were hoping to play a far weaker Green Machine.