Shingi Matibiri, Sports Reporter
Simba Bhora owner and businessman Simba ‘Buju’ Ndoro has dismissed as ‘mere talk’ speculation linking him with a possible acquisition of Harare giants CAPS United saying he is devoted to his Shamva based team.
Social media has been awash with reports linking Ndoro with an imminent purchase of CAPS United franchise but the businessman an ardent Makepekepe supporter said the speculation has been generated by some people who want him to buy the team from it’s current owner Farai Jere and Nhamo Tutisani.
“Look had it been some years back yes I could have done it but now I can’t because I have my own Simba Bhora project,” Ndoro said.
“For me it’s not just about owning a football club but there must be some sentimental value to it. Simba Ball is a project that associates with who I am as Simba Ndoro, my family, my kith and kin from Shamva and Mashonaland Central province.
“My objective is to bring top flight football to Shamva and also make Mashonaland Central province a dominant force in local football. I can’t abandon that project to please people who want to see me owning owning CAPS United.”
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Ndoro also said it was senseless for him to go for a CAPS United franchise when he was in a position to gain promotion into the Premier Soccer League on his own as Simba Bhora are one of the firm favourites to win the Northern Region Soccer League championship.
“Look we are among the favourites if not the firm favourite to win the league title in the Northern Region and win promotion on our own than going for CAPS United franchise. I can’t afford to dump my own project which has a huge potential of growth from my home province of Mashonaland Central province.
“I will never abandon my own people, remember it’s not only about football but uplifting my own people. How many people are benefiting from Simba Bhora being in Shamva right now and as we grow how many people are going to benefit financially from Simba Bhora being in Shamva.”
CAPS United Farai Jere on Friday said he is prepared to dispose CAPS United if anybody with a capacity to run the club comes forward.
Jere claimed that US$40 000 is needed to run the club every month and is willing to give away the club for free to anyone who is capable to consistently pump out US$40 000 for a year.
CAPS United have been blighted by a series of damaging industrial action by players for some seasons with their failure to win the 2019 league title partly blamed on the unrest by players towards the end of the season which saw some of the senior players being axed after losing the title to FC Platinum.