Bamusi relishes CAPS captaincy

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Bamusi relishes CAPS captaincy Phineas Bamusi

The ManicaPost

Moffat Mungazi
Sports Reporter

DOMESTIC football’s ex-cup kings, CAPS United have been home to several sons who trace their roots to Manicaland Province.

Prominent names like Lloyd Chitembwe, the late Blessing “Yogo-Yogo” Makunike, Lazarus “Mali” Muhoni, Joseph “Shabba” Takaringofa, and William Chari, all had stints with the Green Machine in their heydays in the Premiership era.

 

The former went on to coach the team and remains the only person in the club’s history to have won the local championship as both a player and gaffer, while the latter is in the squad’s current technical structures.

Before them, legendary figures of Friday “Amayenge” Phiri, Obadiah “Wasu” Sarupinda and Size Torindo had cleared the path for other stars from the Eastern Highlands to join the great trek to the popular side.

Diminutive Dangamvura-bred attacker, Phineas Bamusi is presently earning his keep at the 2016 champions.

This is his second spell with the club after joining them in the mid-season of 2015 before enjoying a brief, but successful spell at Lowveld-based 2018 Chibuku Super Cup winners, Triangle.

 

He has since bounced back at the Green Machine.

While Bamusi is certainly not the first player from Manicaland to pull the famous green and white shirt, wearing the MaKepeKepe armband marks a milestone in his career.

Since resumption of the Chibuku Super Cup group phase games, the speedy forward has been entrusted with the captaincy of the club.

He wore the armband in their recent Group One games against Harare City and Herentals.

The former Mutare United starlet is the team’s deputy skipper, a role he shares with goalkeeper, Tonderai Mateyaunga.

 

He took over the responsibility of leading the charges from Ronald “Rooney” Chitiyo who is sitting out through injury.

A gleeful Bamusi expressed utmost pleasure at wearing the Green Machine armband.

“This is like a dream come true for me. I grew up supporting CAPS United and playing for them was a fulfilment of my long-nursed desire. Now, being one of the skippers caps it all as the icing on the cake. I am excited to be one of the players’ leaders at such big institution like this.

“I fully understand and deeply appreciate the huge responsibility that comes with this position. It actually challenges me to work even harder and improve all aspects of my game on and off the pitch. I am ready to step up and deliver what is expected of me,” purred Bamusi.

He added that he is relishing the challenge and cherishing the experience.

Besides being one of the senior members in the squad, he attributes other qualities of his game such as discipline, dedication and hard work as having contributed to his appointment.

Club captains at CAPS United are designated by the technical team.

A familiar figure at the Harare giants, Takaringofa, who is one of the assistants to head gaffer, Darlington Dodo, gave Post Sport the criteria they use to settle for a skipper.

Explained Takaringofa: “There are several factors we consider when choosing a club captain, chief among them a player’s commitment to the cause of the team, leadership qualities as well the respect they command among their peers.

 

“A captain must be able to motivate his fellow players and have the ability to handle pressure. Discipline, hard work and individual performances are also hallmarks of a typical captain.

“As such, Bamusi ticked virtually all the boxes on that list of requirements, and hence as the coaches we picked him as the team’s first vice-captain.

I am happy for him because I watched him grow from being a boy, and progress to becoming a professional in his football career as I shared the same dressing room with his father, Amimo Bamusi at the now defunct Zupco Mutare back in the day.”

The former Tanganda midfield ace, who won the 1993 Castle Cup gold medal with the club before they folded, added that he believes Bamusi has what it takes to thrive in his role as a skipper.

 

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