King Mura anoints Chi­nani

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Lang­ton Nyak­wenda

AN HOUR af­ter the Dy­namos team bus left Mo­tor Ac­tion train­ing ground last Thurs­day, coaches Lloyd Chigowe and Mu­rape Mu­rape went for lunch - but for ris­ing goal­keeper Simba Chi­nani there was no time to rest.

The 22-year-old Chi­nani stayed on the pitch for an ex­tra 1 hour 30 min­utes af­ter first team train­ing con­cluded, do­ing ad­di­tional work in the com­pany of Dy­namos Ju­nior ‘keep­ers.

He con­cen­trated mainly on his foot­work, ball dis­tri­bu­tion and crosses; these hav­ing been high­lighted as some of his weak­nesses since wrestling the DeMbare No 1 jer­sey from Ton­derai Mateyaunga in June.

Chi­nani does this rou­tinely from Mon­day to Thurs­day.

De­scribed by DeMbare coach Chigowe as a shin­ing star af­ter two stun­ning saves in the Chibuku Su­per Cup quar­ter­fi­nal penalty shootout win over Herentals on Sun­day, Chi­nani is slowly con­vinc­ing pun­dits he could be Dy­namos’ next big find af­ter Ta­tenda Mku­ruva.

Yet only a year ago Chi­nani was a so­cial league player af­ter fail­ing to nail a first team place at Wal­ter Ma­gaya’s Yadah Stars.

To­day he is one of the play­ers Dy­namos look up to when they en­gage eter­nal ri­vals Caps United and con­tinue with their fight against rel­e­ga­tion at Ru­faro this af­ter­noon.

“I be­lieve if you train ex­tra hard it helps you grow ca­reer wise. I am work­ing mainly on my ball dis­tri­bu­tion be­cause my aim is to be­come a com­plete keeper,” said Chi­nani, who lost his fa­ther when he was still a tod­dler back in 1996.

“This is my first Harare Derby so I guess I needed to pre­pare for it well but that is not to say I am un­der pres­sure. Only God knows how that game will pan out.”

Mo­ments be­fore Chi­nani started his ex­tra work­out last Thurs­day, as­sis­tant coach Mu­rape de­liv­ered a pow­er­ful team talk. Dy­namos coach Lloyd Chigowe and his as­sis­tant Mu­rape Mu­rape re­minded their play­ers how im­por­tant it is to play for DeMbare af­ter last Thurs­day’s train­ing ses­sion

King Mura, as the Dy­namos as­sis­tant coach is known, tore into play­ers he be­lieves are not play­ing up to DeMbare’s vaunted stan­dards.

After­wards he told The Sun­day Mail Sport what he thinks of Chi­nani.

“I think there’s a lot that needs to be done in terms of how we re­cruit play­ers. It’s im­por­tant for play­ers to be taught what it means to play for Dy­namos be­fore they are signed,” said Mu­rape.

“What Chi­nani is do­ing now is some­thing that comes from within and it’s easy to work with a player like him.

“Look here, Chi­nani is the first choice keeper but still he stays be­hind do­ing more. I say well done to Chi­nani for show­ing the way, you can see with his

Tafirenyika, who prides him­self in at­tend­ing to play­ers such as Khama Bil­liat, Brett Amidu and Mukamba, took it all within his strides.

“It has been a dif­fi­cult week for me, the Caps United play­ers have been mak­ing fun of Dy­namos’ sit­u­a­tion, but there is noth­ing I can do since they are my cus­tomers.

“I am just hop­ing that Dy­namos will give me some­thing to smile about,” he said.

Away from the Harare Derby ban­ter, Tafirenyika re­vealed that soc­cer play­ers be­lieve their form on the field of play can be af­fected by the hair­styles they take on to the pitch.

“These play­ers be­lieve that the hair­cuts have got some kind of in­flu­ence on their match day per­for­mance. Mostly when they come they say, ‘Mud­hara ndirovei inondip­inza mu­form (Give me a style that will get me in form),” said Tafirenyika. “When Mukamba came for a hair­cut ahead of the first Harare Derby, I told him that the hair­style that I had done on him was go­ing to give him luck and he be­lieved me. He de­cided the Harare Derby with the only goal of the af­ter­noon.” Mukandi con­curred with his bar­ber. “It’s all about feel­ing con­fi­dent, a hair­style that gives you con­fi­dence brings the best out of you as a player,” said the Caps United de­fen­sive mid­fielder. per­for­mances, he was an av­er­age player when he joined Dy­namos but has vastly im­proved.

“Dy­namos are where they are to­day be­cause of bad player at­ti­tude and if we con­tinue in this path then the un­think­able might hap­pen.”

DeMbare are on 31 points and oc­cupy the last rel­e­ga­tion slot hav­ing lost their last five games.

The ail­ing Harare giants have not scored in over 450 min­utes of Cas­tle Lager Premier­ship ac­tion and now have a fresh prob­lem.

Star player Den­ver Mukamba went AWOL last Sun­day when Dy­namos beat Herentals in the Chibuku Cup but at­tended train­ing late last week. Then skip­per Ocean Mushure never pitched up for train­ing all week.

“If Ocean Mushure is try­ing to push for a move away from the club then he should do it in a proper way,” an irate Dy­namos coach Chigowe said.

“I be­lieve no player is ir­re­place­able, the only prob­lem is that we in­her­ited this team well af­ter the mid­sea­son win­dow. But I be­lieve we can still do it (sur­vive rel­e­ga­tion) and we will put up a team that is ready to fight against Caps United.”

Dy­namos lost 0-1 to Caps United in the re­verse fix­ture with Mukamba scor­ing for the Green Ma­chine while still on loan to that club.

Fix­tures

Sha­banie Mine v High­landers (Ma­glas), Dy­namos v Caps United (Ru­faro)

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