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Zimbabwe's CAPS United Sets Aside Name Dispute, Goes Into Training

Zimbabwe's CAPS United Football Club, embroiled in a dispute with another team in the Premier League over the use of the name, has put that controversy aside and gone into training camp in Kariba to prepare for the season starting March 3.

Pharmaceuticals firm CAPS Holdings Limited and CAPS United are in litigation over the use of the name CAPS. The football team is seeking to bar CAPS Holdings from giving the name CAPS Football Club to the football team it purchased last year. But CAPS Holdings says CAPS United is violating its property rights to the name.

Businessman Twine Phiri bought the sports franchise and name from CAPS Holdings several years ago when the firm was cutting costs and the team was in the basement and facing relegation to lesser divisions. He turned the team around and it won the Premier Soccer League championship in 2004 and 2005. CAPS Holdings seeks to reclaim its mark and apply it to the franchise it bought from Buymore last year.

Former Dynamos player David Kutyauripo, new to the team, said he has received a warm welcome. The defender was dismissed by Dynamos in November over alleged indiscipline - he and two others were accused of leading a player boycott over pay.

Kutyauripo told sports reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he had left that all behind and would give CAPS United his best.

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