DeMbare start 2017 preps

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ed­die Chikamhi

DY­NAMOS pres­i­dent Kenny Mubaiwa says the Glam­our Boys lead­er­ship is work­ing round the clock to en­sure they bounce back to the top next year. The Harare giants, who last dom­i­nated the do­mes­tic league with an im­pres­sive run of four con­sec­u­tive ti­tles be­tween 2011 and 2014, have had a mis­er­able sea­son and are set to fin­ish emp­ty­handed for the sec­ond year run­ning af­ter fall­ing out of the cham­pi­onship race which is cur­rently be­ing con­trolled by ri­vals CAPS United. DeMbare also dis­ap­pointed in the 16-team Chibuku Su­per Cup tournament with a first round exit at the hands of How Mine. How­ever Mubaiwa, who at one point threat­ened to quit the club over in-house wran­gles, yes­ter­day said they are look­ing to in­vest more into the team’s suc­cess af­ter mend­ing their dif­fer­ences. “Ob­vi­ously every­one is not happy with what has hap­pened this sea­son. It’s dis­ap­point­ing for a big club like Dy­namos to fin­ish with­out sil­ver­ware. “So that is what we are work­ing on at the mo­ment. Dy­namos should re­turn to the top where they be­long, so we are work­ing round the clock; we are not sleep­ing,” said Mubaiwa. Mubaiwa said they have made head­way with con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions with a host of key play­ers whose con­tracts are set to ex­pire at the end of the year. DeMbare need to tie down play­ers like Ta­tenda Muku­ruva, Stephen Ali­menda, Ocean Mushure, Syd­ney Linyama and God­knows Mur­wira. The sit­u­a­tion with Ali­menda how­ever re­mains un­cer­tain as he has been skip­ping train­ing of late. “Our act­ing sec­re­tary-gen­eral Web­ster Marechera is han­dling the c ont r a c t s is­sue but what I can as­sure you is that we are go­ing to re­tain most of the play­ers that we had this sea­son.

“We are also keeping the door open to new play­ers be­cause there are ar­eas that def­i­nitely need beef­ing up. The fact that we want to bring back that glam­our means we have to look for qual­ity play­ers,” said Mubaiwa.

Dy­namos will travel to Tri­an­gle for their next league match this Sun­day and they will face their own sons David Mandig­ora and Big­gie Zuze who are now in charge of the Lowveld side.

DeMbare be­lieve the three-week break was ben­e­fi­cial to them since they needed the time to re­fo­cus. De­fender Elisha Muroiwa who has been suf­fer­ing from a re­cur­ring leg in­jury also re­cov­ered dur­ing the time off. Goal­keeper Muku­ruva, who had missed the club’s three games just be­fore the break, has also mended from a knee in­jury he suf­fered at FC Plat­inum to­wards the end of Septem­ber.

The youth­ful goal­keeper even started for the na­tional team when the War­riors hosted Zam­bia and Tan­za­nia in in­ter­na­tional friendlies at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium in the last two weeks.

In his ab­sence, for­mer Young War­riors goal­keeper Ton­derai Mateyaunga and Ash­ley Reyn­ers had turns to keep the goal for Dy­namos.

DeMbare team man­ager Richard Chi­horo said the Glam­our Boys are in good spir­its.

“I think we will re­turn on Sun­day with fresh minds and well fo­cused. Every­one wants to play and there is se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion for places at train­ing. We need this spirit and hope­fully we will con­tinue like that next sea­son.

“It’s painful we missed the league cham­pi­onship and the Chibuku Su­per Cup as well but we are still look­ing to fin­ish in the top four. We have to win our re­main­ing two matches and the most en­cour­ag­ing thing is that we usu­ally play well at Gibbo,” said Chi­horo.

Dy­namos are cur­rently fourth on the log stand­ings with 43 points, two bet­ter than de­throned Chicken Inn and ZPC Kariba, with as many games re­main­ing in the sea­son.

Kenny Mubaiwa

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