CAPS United F.C.
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CAPS United F.C. is a Zimbabwean football club based in Harare. Formed in 1973, the team rose to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s when it was home to some of the finest ever Zimbabwean players. These include the feted striker Shacky "Mr. Goals" Tauro, the late Stanley "Sinyo" Ndunduma, Joel "Jubilee" Shambo, Stanford ”Stix“ Mtizwa, Friday "Breakdown" Phiri, Clever Muzuva, Size Torindo and Brenna Msiska. During this period, CAPS United got the nickname "Cup Kings" as it virtually monopolised championship to knockout tournaments like Chibuku Trophy, Roseball Charity Shield and the Independence Trophy. Its avid fans nicknamed it "Makepekepe".
The creation of Black Rhinos F.C, bankrolled by the Zimbabwe Defense Forces in mid-1980s, nearly sank the CAPS United ship as almost all of their cream players joined the army side because of its financial potency. However, CAPS United soldiered on and would still claim some knockout tournaments with such players like Abdul Karim, Carlos "Murehwa" Marx, Tobias Sibanda, Never "Maswera Sei" Chiku, Eddie Muchongwe, Silver "Bonzo" Chigwenje, Maxwell Cheche Biliart and Basil "Bhashi" Chisopo, Kudzanai "Kau Kau" Taruvinga, CAPS United virtually swept all before it, powering to an inevitable glory. According to Robson Sharuko, a Zimbabwean sports journalist, that was the “finest attacking team ever assembled in the ‘90s” in Zimbabwe.
A bad patch came to haunt the club in the late 1990s when it was almost relegated to Division One League football because of financial constraints faced by their sponsors, CAPS Holdings Limited. A host of players left for greener pastures to either South Africa or Europe. The sponsors decided to sell the CAPS United franchise to a hitherto little known soft spoken Harare businessman Twine Phiri. Although he struggled in the early days of running the club, Phiri remained determined to transform the club into a force to reckon with and immediately turned the club into a professional outfit. His efforts were rewarded in 2004 when the team won the Championship for the third time in its history. With Charles Mhlauri as the head coach, the team had such star players like Cephas Chimedza, Lloyd "Lodza" Chitembwe, Leonard "Aghahohwa" Tsipa, Brian "Marcopolo" Badza, Raymond Undi, Ashely Rambanepasi, Blessing Makunike and the Zambian duo of Laughter Chilembe and Ian Bakala.
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