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MARK HARRISON, the Englishman that my club CAPS United employed as head coach at the beginning of the year, has proved to be nothing but a nomadic gold digger who duped us that he was here for the long run — in good and bad times.

I have been a CAPS United fan all my life and I also worked in the club’s structures as the public relations manager and my passion for the Green Machine runs very deep.

When Harrison came along, he made us believe that he was not in the partnership for financial rewards and, talking to a number of journalists, repeatedly said that if he was in it for the money he would not have chosen to come and join CAPS United.

He told us that he was here to be part of a development movement in which he would help CAPS United for, at least, three years, and turn our club into a success story and also help our players with the technical and tactical improvements.

He showed a lot of passion, especially in the 13 matches that he took charge of our team, and duped all of us to believe that, indeed, we now had an honest and hard working individual who would be with us in good and bad times.

It’s not even a secret that, as CAPS United fans, we warmed up to him because he gave us the promise that he would be with us for a long time and, when we scored, he showed a lot of raw emotion as he joined us in the celebrations.

That he was able to work under extremely difficult conditions, where he was not paid his dues for months but kept soldiering on, endeared him to all of us who believe in this special football club called CAPS United.

But, after the events of this weekend when he suddenly quit his post to go to Botswana, we now know that he was just fooling us along the ride.

His commitment was never to be with us for the long ride but he wanted a team, which had a big profile, which he would use to rebuild his reputation and market himself again to the South African or other foreign clubs where his heart has always been.

His timing was excellent.

All he needed was the first half of our season to rebuild his profile and, when the South African season ends, he would have done enough to make himself a target for the teams there which would be looking for coaches.

I would have expected Harrison to be with us, at least, until the end of the year, especially now that the financial situation at our club has stabilised with the change of ownership, with Farai Jere being the new owner of the team and injecting funds into the project.

To me, Harrison is just a mercenary and he is there for taking by the one who is the highest bidder, even if that bidder happened to be Dynamos, our biggest rivals.

He isn’t a man who can be trusted because, when he was telling us that he was giving the players off-days last week because he wasn’t happy with their performance against Flame Lily, the truth is that he wanted time to go behind the club’s back to seal his move to Botswana.

This whole thing that he couldn’t recover from the trauma from the challenges he faced when we were having tough times, when Twine Phiri was failing to pay him, was just a huge lie.

Paddington Japajapa is a former CAPS United public relations officer and life-long fan of the Green Machine

Source : The Herald