Harare giants Caps United have sacked coach Darlington Dodo just four days before the start of the 2021-2022 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League season.
The Green Machine reached the decision following the team’s dismissal performance in the Chibuku Super Cup.
Dodo paid the price for the team’s dismal performance in the Chibuku Super Cup, where they bowed out at the group stage, with just two wins in 10 matches.
Confirming his departure, Caps president Farai Jere said a new coach will be announced in due course.
“We have released Darlington Dodo, things were just not working out during his tenure. We are looking to appoint a new coach before the weekend matches,” he said.
The 2016 league champions will kick off the season with an away tie against ZPC Kariba at the weekend.
Makepekepe failed to progress to the knockout round, finishing on third position and fourteen points behind Dynamos who won the Group 1.
Dodo took over the coaching reins at the popular Harare club in 2019, replacing Championship winning coach Lloyd Chitembwe, who is now at Harare City.
The club is now working on the appointment of a new coach ahead of the start of the 2021 season of the Castle Lager Premiership this weekend.
A statement by CAPS United reads: “The Club can today, 2 November 2021, announce that we have parted ways with Darlington Dodo by mutual consent.
“Darlington Dodo has been with the club since August 2018 as Assistant Coach before taking the coaching reigns in 2019.
“Caps United FC wishes him well in the future.
“Further coaching updates will be made in due course.”
The Green Machine are traveling to Nyamhunga Stadium for a date against ZPC Kariba on Saturday.
Although Dodo has taken most of the flak for the team’s dismal run in the Chibuku Super Cup, off-field problems dogged the former Cup Kings since the resumption of domestic football.
The Caps United leadership has in recent months been at loggerheads with players over unpaid salaries and allowances while their main rivals Dynamos and Highlanders have been enjoying some financial stability after receiving a major sponsorship package from Sakunda Holdings.
Last month Caps United players boycotted training in the lead up to the Harare Derby against city rivals Dynamos FC in the return leg of the Chibuku Super Cup fixture.