CAPS United F.C is a Zimbabwean soccer club based in Harare. In 1972, one Maurice Kraemer came up with a noble idea to start an official football outfit to entertain workers at Central African Pharmaceuticals based at Manchester Road.
A year later, CAPS Rovers was registered in the Northern Region and from then on everything became glorious history.
The team rose to prominence in the late 1970s and early eighties when it was home to some of the finest ever Zimbabwean players a status it still holds up to now.
These include the feared late striker Shacky “Mr Goals” Tauro, Stanley “Sinyo” Ndunduma, Joel “Jubilee” Shambo, Stanford “Stix” Mutizwa. Caps Holdings is situated at number 2 Manchester Road in Southerton and they soon earned a nickname as the “Manchester Road boys”. During this period, CAPS United got the nickname “Cup Kings” as it virtually monopolised championship to knockout tournaments like Chibuku Trophy, Roseball Charity Shield and the Independence Trophy. Its avid fans named it “Makepekepe”.
Caps United has had several of their coaches coaching the national teams; Charles Mhlauri is the most notable one who went on to qualify for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt and won Cosafa Cup 2005.He won a Treble in 2004. Another notable coach is Steve Kwashi who did well with the Zimbabwe junior national team.
Several players from CAPS United have played for the Zimbabwe National team. The list includes Solomon Kaseke, The late Misheck 'Zuda' Nelson, Brenna Msiska, Abdul Karim, Energy Murambadoro (goalkeepers), Shacky Tauro, Stanford Mtizwa, Joel "The Headmaster" Shambo, Friday "Amayenge" Phiri, Charlie Jones, Carlos Marx, Dumisani Mpofu, Edelbert Dinha, Lloyd Chitembwe, Charles Yohanne, Morgan Nkatazo, Mpumelelo "Era Muna" Dzowa, Leonard Tsipa, Blessing "Yogo Yogo" Makunike, Alois Bunjira,Cephas Chimedza, Raymond 'left drive' Undi, David Sengu and Brian Badza. Caps has also had other international players like Ian Bakala, Laughter Chilembe (Zambia), Joseph Kamwendo, Hadji Tambala (Malawi).
The Green Machine led the soccer revolution through acquiring professional players from neighbouring countries as well as making strategic partnerships with European countries like Belgium. The club helped transform the Zimbabwean football with the introduction of Caps academy the brain child of their most successful coach Charles Mhlauri. This helped bridge the gap and develop a lot of juniors to eventually play for the senior team. The most successful products of this academy are Lionel 'Stix' Mtizwa, Oscar Machapa, Washington Pakamisa, Tsungi Mudzamiri, Tichaona Nyenda, Takesure Chiragwi, Charles Manjera, Danger Fourpence, Matthew Tafiremutsa and Musset Zengeni most of whom went on to represent the country at junior and senior Zimbabwe national team
The club turned professional in 2000 after Twine Phiri assumed full control of the Franchise from CAPS Holdings.
His efforts were renowned in 2004 when the team won the Championship for the third time in its history. CAPS United competitively shares the “big three” tag with Dynamos Football Club and Highlanders Football Club.
The franchise was controlled by Mr Twine Ibrahim Phiri who runs his own businesses and is the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League Chairman and currently in his second term.
In 2015 Farai Jere assumed majority shareholding of the club.
CAPS United football club Pvt Ltd is an absolute non political entity; it is not politically owned or affiliated, with its activities restricted to the football fraternity.
The parent company of the club is locally owned and wholly registered in Zimbabwe, registration number 13003/99