CAPS United coach Mark Harrison is expected in the country on Tuesday amid a dark cloud shrouding the issuance of his work permit.
BY MICHAEL MADYIRA
According to CAPS United, Harrison applied for a work permit before he was officially availed as new coach on January 7.
Almost a month later, he has not been given the green light to work in Zimbabwe by the immigration department.
Over the past few weeks, CAPS United have been shifting goal posts on when the 54-year-old Englishman would commence duty.
The Harare giants’ chief executive officer Joe Makuvire was last week evasive on Harrison’s eligibility to work in Zimbabwe.
“He is arriving on Tuesday afternoon and [will] immediately start work,” said Makuvire.
“I would not want to comment on the issue of his work permit because it is something in the hands of the immigration department. He applied before we unveiled him. Everything is under control and we are not panicking.”
Assistant regional immigration officer Francis Mabika however said they have not issued the Briton a work permit.
“Our records show that we have not provided Mr Mark Harrison with a work permit. I do not have the name of any CAPS United foreign coach,” said Mabika.
“I am not sure if CAPS United applied in the first place and I am not in a position to check if they did since this is a confidential matter. If they applied, it is not yet out. It should take only three weeks to complete the process of obtaining a work permit. So as it stands, we do not have in our records Mr Harrison of CAPS United who has a work permit.”
Brenna Msiska and Tostao Kwashi are currently in charge of CAPS United’s training sessions.
The 2015 Premier Soccer League has been provisionally scheduled to kick start early next month.
With Harrison yet to get a work permit, his pre-season days with the team are also getting limited.
Club president Twine Phiri appears not worried by the running days.
“The guys who are with the team are doing some good work,” said Phiri.
“We are not moved by the coach’s delay in starting work because we have equally capable assistant coaches. Everything is looking good. We are also in the process of discussing with prospective sponsors for the season.”