CAPS United F.C.
CAPS United F.C. is a popular Zimbabwean football club based in Harare. Formed in 1973, the team rose to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s.Used to be nicknamed Manchester Road Boys because of their former address.Its nickname is "Makepekepe" or The Green Machine.
|Full name||Central African Pharmaceutical Society United Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Makepekepe, Green Machine, Kepekepe Bhora, Madzetse|
|Ground||National Sports Stadium (Zimbabwe), Harare|
|Chairman||Dr. Lewis Uriri.|
|League||Castle Lager Premier Soccer League|
Popularly known as the Cup Kings or Makepekepe for their dominance in most cup tournaments. It is Harare's second most popular team after their rivals Dynamos F.C.whom they call their fans Madzvinyu(lizards). But the team have few trophies than Dynamos.Caps United is a team that has produced some of the country's best players and legends including Shaky Tauro, Brenna Msiska, only to name a few.
Steven Kwashi won the 1996 championship. Charles Mhlauri took over in 2004 and won back to back championships. In 2004 they won the league in style losing only one game the whole season, a 3-4 home defeat to Highlanders in a thrilling game at the National Sports Stadium.
On 30 August 2010; Lloyd Chitembwe's 20-month stint as CAPS United's head coach ended when he left the Green Machine after his contract was terminated by mutual consent, following a poor run of results that has torched a rebellion among the club's fans.
On 12 January 2012 Sean Connor was appointed manager, the Northern Irishman had previously managed Sligo Rovers, Bohemians and Galway United in the League of Ireland, leading Galway United on the worst season in their history with a record run of defeats and relegation to the League of Ireland First Division (though the club withdrew from the league before they could take their place).
The club has a strong rivalry with Dynamos, their games, Harare derby, attract huge crowds . They do have another rivalry with Bulawayo side Highlanders, the matches between these two giants have been dubbed the Battle of the Cities. These matches in the past have been associated with violence. In 2004 season their match at Barbourfields stadium vs Highlanders was abandoned due to crowd trouble in the 88th minute after Caps United came from 3-1 down to level 3-3.
- BP Cup:4
- 1979, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2016
- 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983,1989, 1992, 1997,2004, 2008
- 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997
- 1996; 2017
Performance in CAF competitionsEdit
- CAF Champions League: 4 appearances
- CAF Confederation Cup: 2 appearances
- CAF Cup: 3 appearances
- CAF Cup Winners' Cup: 4 appearances
The players listed represented their nation at international or played extremely well for the club.
- Sarupinda [wasu] zim
- Ashton Nyazika [zim]
- Lovemore Nyabeza [zim]
- Freddie Mukwesha [zim]
- Nti Bihene Bonzu [Ghana]
- Shaky Tauro [zim]
- Kabole [Zambia]
- Mafemba [zim]
- Friday Phiri [zim]
- Steve Kwashi [zim]
- Brenna Msiska [zim]
- Luke Masomere [zim]
- Justin Mathuthu [zim]
- Rahman Gumbo (2002–03)
- Fewdays Musonda (2003)
- Charles Mhlauri (2004–05)
- Lloyd Chitembwe (2008–10)
- Moses Chunga (2010–11)
- Sean Connor (2012)
- Mkhuphali "Mike" Masuku (2012)
- Taurai Mangwiro (2013–14)
- Mark Harrison (2015)
- Lloyd Chitembwe (2015–)
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