The Sunday Mail
A FEAST is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things, so reads Ecclesiastes 10 verse 19 in the King James version.
At Caps United money, NetOne money, appears to have answered all things.
Murmurs about overdue salaries and sign on fees disappeared as soon as the sponsorship deal was unveiled in the capital on Wednesday.
Across town at Dynamos OneMoney is yet to answer all things.
DeMbare players refused to train in protest over deductions made to their salaries.
Isn’t it amazing how the same amount of money, $350 000, can have such contrasting effects?
Makepekepe are an oasis of tranquillity, DeMbare the epicentre of clangour.
However, one thing both teams have in common is a desire to get one over the other in this afternoon’s ZNA Charities semi-final at the National Sports Stadium.
Kickoff is 3pm.
It’s all for charity but there will be no love lost.
Neither team will go about business like a relief organisation — there will be crunching tackles and every goal will be celebrated passionately.
That’s just how fierce the rivalry between the two Harare rivals is.
“The ZNA charities match will not necessarily be a measurement of our capability, we are looking at the bigger picture that is the league.
“But I think it is important that we field a team that is a true representative of what we want to be as Caps United.
“I am happy we have made progress although as a coach one is never satisfied, there is always room for improvement,” said Caps United coach Lloyd Chitembwe.
Makepekepe have been working hard on the 4-5-1 set up that has delivered glory for Chitembwe before but there are some personnel changes.
John Zhuwawo is now leading the attack while Joel Ngodzo is trying his hand at being the second striker, the man who makes the play just outside the box.
Zhuwawo played the deep lying forward’s role ever so well as Dominic Chungwa led the attack during the second half of last season.
Devon Chafa trained with Caps United all week and could play against his former team.
However, the midfielder appears to be on his way to Zambia amid revelations that Buildcon FC have put in an offer.
“There is an offer from Buildcon but am yet to consult with the player,” revealed the midfielder’s manager Gibson Mahachi.
That Dynamos will pitch up for battle is not in doubt, how they will line up is open to hypothesis.
Coach Lloyd Mutasa watched haplessly as his players refused to train all week but club president Keni Mubaiwa last night claimed that sanity had returned to the club.