Dy­namos hail Chiyangwa

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Paul Mun­dandi Sports Re­porter

DY­NAMOS have bro­ken ranks with some of the Pre­mier­ship clubs bat­tling ZIFA pres­i­dent Philip Chiyangwa by say­ing they are happy with how he is lead­ing do­mes­tic foot­ball.

Bernard Mar­riot, the Dy­namos board chair­man, says Chiyangwa has sur­prised even his crit­ics with the way he has ex­e­cuted his du­ties as ZIFA boss.

“We learnt with great pride of your vic­tory to be­come the pres­i­dent of COSAFA,” Mar­riot said.

“The Dy­namos Foot­ball Club board, ex­ec­u­tive, tech­ni­cal team, play­ers and our sup­port­ers would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late you on your de­served vic­tory.

“We are proud of you as Dy­namos and Zim­bab­weans in gen­eral. Your vic­tory, Mr pres­i­dent, is not for the soc­cer fans alone, but for each and ev­ery Zim­bab­wean.

“We wish you a very suc­cess­ful term of of­fice and with your vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship, we are as­sured that South­ern Africa is go­ing to be a pow­er­house in as far as the game of foot­ball is con­cerned.”

Mar­riot said Chiyangwa was show­ing bet­ter lead­er­ship qual­i­ties than many of those who led ZIFA in the past.

“He has al­ready shown it by the qual­i­fi­ca­tion (for AF­CON), which was man­aged with a game to spare,” said Mar­riot.

“I can see the War­riors go­ing places de­spite the fact that we are in the Group of Death. A num­ber of peo­ple did not have faith in him but I know what the man is ca­pa­ble of do­ing.

“I am fully be­hind him and the War­riors.”

Mar­riot also said the Dy­namos board were in full sup­port of the res­o­lu­tion passed by the ZIFA Congress, where the rel­e­ga­tion and pro­mo­tion is­sue was re­solved last week­end.

Mean­while, DeMbare are likely to re­tain Lloyd Mu­tasa as their head coach.The coun­try’s big­gest foot­ball club will hold their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing next week, where the team’s lead­er­ship will re­view the per­for­mance of their tech­ni­cal team.

Mu­tasa will be con­duct­ing tri­als at Mo­tor Ac­tion Sports Club on Mon­day, where he is ex­pected to se­lect a num­ber of play­ers who could make the grade for the team.

“We are likely to re­tain Mu­tasa be­cause we have not seen any­thing bad that he did last sea­son,” said a DeMbare lead­er­ship source.

“We are on a re­build­ing ex­er­cise and we could win the league this sea­son.”

DeMbare be­lieve Mu­tasa needs the same sup­port that CAPS United gave to their own son, Lloyd Chitem­bwe, de­spite reser­va­tions from some fans.

Chitem­bwe de­liv­ered the league ti­tle last sea­son and was named the Pre­mier­ship’s Coach of the Year for 2016.

Makepekepe had not won the league cham­pi­onship for 11 years.

“Our big ri­vals CAPS United pro­vided us with a tem­plate that if you can stick with your man and sup­port him, you can win big things and there is need for pa­tience on our front.

“Lloyd took a team that was low on morale af­ter that dis­as­trous af­fair with Paulo Silva and he did well to take us into fifth place at the end of the sea­son.

“If you look at the way we played against CAPS United, save for those fi­nal few min­utes, you can see that we can do some great things to­gether.”

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