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CAPS United board secretary Lewis Uriri has set himself very high standards on his return into the trenches of domestic football administration — the Green Machine should be top of the Premiership table, in the next four games, or he will walk away from the club. The Harare lawyer returned to the CAPS United boardroom in December last year, when club president Twine Phiri appointed a new six-man board of directors, which the Premier Soccer League boss said would bring financial stability and help the team challenge for major honours, including the league championship, this season.

The Green Machine have not won the league championship, since Charles Mhlauri sealed back-to-back titles in 2005, and have lived in the shadows of their eternal rivals Dynamos who have won four league titles, including three on the bounce, since CAPS United were last crowned champions.

The board of directors were tasked with mobilising resources for the club, coming up with a vision that would help the Green Machine find its way back to success, guide the team on a path that will enhance its professionalism and make its brand attractive to sponsors once again.

The other members of the board are Alex Munyaka, who is in charge of the fans, Nhamo Tutisani, who is handling the marketing arm, Mordecai Sachikonye, who is in charge of technical, Khumbulani Mhlope, who is in charge of the commercial wing and Munyaradzi Mazhande who has the mission to help the club tap into technology in its brand boosting.

The board has already scored a major boardroom victory by negotiating a settlement that saw the club acknowledging businessman Farai Jere’s 25 percent shareholding and bringing him in as a non-executive director of the team after more than a year on the sidelines.

But, it appears, Uriri — a passionate man who has become a regular feature at the Green Machine home games with his public display of emotions, as he tries to inspire his team to a victory, one of the sights and sounds of their VIP Enclosure this season — wants the highest of standards, when it comes to his club’s championship campaign, he won’t settle for anything less.

“I promise to resign if CAPS United are not leading the pack after 10 games,” Uriri said on social media site, Twitter.

Ten games represent the completion of the first leg, of three legs, of the championship race and Uriri, who brought his family to watch CAPS United as they beat Triangle 2-1 at the National Sports Stadium last week, wants his beloved team to be leading the marathon, at that stage, or he will reconsider his leadership role in the team.

The Green Machine have won just two of their six league matches and, on Sunday, crashed to a demoralising 0-4 defeat at the hands of Highlanders at Barbourfields to leave them in 11th place on the table, four points behind Bosso, who remain unbeaten and lead the championship race.

Compared to the same stage, last season, CAPS United are four points worse off this season as, after six games last year, they had won four games and had a dozen points in the bag.

The Green Machine’s next game is at home, against Black Rhinos, at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday and provides them with a golden chance to bounce back and make up for lost ground although they will have to possibly win their next three matches after that, against How Mine in Bulawayo, Bantu Rovers at home and Chapungu at Ascot, for them to power into the lead, in the race, and for Uriri to stay.

Coach Taurai Mangwiro, who bravely blamed himself for the capitulation in the City of Kings while shielding his players from blame, feels that it can be done and, if it goes according to plan, maybe his boys can go on a fine winning run, in the next four weeks, and keep their director at the club.

“The season is still in its infancy, even if you look at the log, winning one game we are up there,” Mangwiro told The Herald.

“We would want to be up there with other teams and we will bounce back. It is only in two games that we have played second fiddle and other matches we were on top of the situation.

“Let’s hope we have drawn some lessons from Highlanders on what conversion means otherwise I don’t think we are a bad team.”

In the event that CAPS United don’t take pole position, in the next four league games, and their director keeps to his word and walks away from the club, it doesn’t mean that will close the chapter on Uriri’s association with football.

He appears to be already looking on the bright side of his Warriors’ quest to try and end eight years of waiting by qualifying for the 2015 Nations Cup finals in Morocco.

The Warriors’ last flirtation with the heavyweights of African football, on the continent’s biggest soccer showcase, came in 2006, just a year after CAPS United won their last league crown and they were under the guidance of the man who had taken the Green Machine to the Promised Land — Mhlauri.

Zimbabwe will take on Tanzania next week in the first leg of the first qualifier and, should the Warriors win, they will then plunge into a battle against either Mozambique or South Sudan.

“The qualifiers are a blessing in disguise,” Uriri tweeted. “We are through to the AFCON finals.”

That’s a man full of confidence, no wonder, maybe, he won’t accept anything save for the best for his CAPS United in the first third of the championship race.

Source : The Herald

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