Den­ver resur­faces, not guar­an­teed derby place

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ta­dious Manyepo Sports Re­porter

DYNAMOS mid­fielder Den­ver Mukamba has resur­faced at the Glam­our Boys, al­most a week af­ter he went AWOL but coach Lloyd Chigowe was yes­ter­day not im­me­di­ately guar­an­tee­ing that his tru­ant star would fea­ture in the fa­mous Premier­ship derby against CAPS United at Ru­faro on Sun­day.

Mukamba failed to re­port for camp ahead of Dynamos’ Chibuku Su­per Cup quar­ter-fi­nal clash against Herentals at the same venue last week­end.

Af­ter spend­ing six days with­out com­mu­ni­cat­ing any word to the club man­age­ment nor the tech­ni­cal crew, Mukamba, as he has of­ten done emerged at train­ing and joined the rest of the DeMbare squad at yes­ter­day’s ses­sion.

Mukamba is un­der­stood to have ear­lier told the Dynamos ex­ec­u­tive that he had been at­tend­ing a fam­ily be­reave­ment, paving the way for his re­turn to train­ing.

The tal­ent but ill-dis­ci­plined mid­fielder re­joined DeMbare dur­ing the mid-sea­son trans­fer pe­riod from a cut­short loan spell at ri­vals CAPS United but not be­fore he turned on the power, pro­vid­ing the soli­tary strike which downed his par­ent club in the first in­stal­ment of this year’s Harare derby at the Na­tional Sports Sta­dium.

Hav­ing played that de­ci­sive role in the tense fix­ture, Mukamba has al­ways been touted as the man to watch in the sec­ond leg of what prom­ises to be a highly-charged tie.

But his de­viant be­hav­iour, which has seen him mak­ing all the neg­a­tive head­lines this sea­son, could rule him out of Sun­day’s en­counter af­ter Chigowe hinted the lanky mid­fielder might not be fully pre­pared for the show­down which is key to Dynamos’ fight against rel­e­ga­tion.

“We had dis­cus­sions with the ex­ec­u­tive and they said they are go­ing to look into the mat­ter and come out with a res­o­lu­tion on the way for­ward. It would be tricky for us to field some­one who trained for only two days when the other play­ers have trained for four days. I think it would be de­mor­al­is­ing to the other com­mit­ted squad mem­bers if we take that stance (to in­clude Den­ver in match day squad).

“Ev­ery­body must train as a pro­fes­sional. We are pro­fes­sion­als and we should learn to re­spect the val­ues and prin­ci­ples of our job. I think if he works hard and be­come pro­fes­sional like ev­ery­one else, we will al­ways con­sider him for se­lec­tion,” said Chigowe.

“He has, in the mean­time, been granted the per­mis­sion to train with the rest of the team.

“He said he had gone to a fu­neral when we asked where he had been for the past days.

“At this par­tic­u­lar mo­ment we have to man­age a lot of pos­i­tives, so I won’t say much about Den­ver Mukamba,” Chigowe said.

Dynamos are ly­ing deep in the drop zone and are cur­rently en­dur­ing a bumpy stretch in the league marathon af­ter col­lect­ing just two points out of a pos­si­ble 15 in their last five matches and Chigowe knows Mukamba, who nor­mally rises to the oc­ca­sion in high-pres­sure games might come in handy on Sun­day.

But the coach re­fused to guar­an­tee the former Bid­vest man’s place in the team.

While Mukamba ap­pears to have set his sights on re­turn­ing for the derby, former cap­tain Ocean Mushure is still AWOL with whis­pers from the deep sug­gest­ing that DeMbare’s Most Loyal Player award win­ner for 2017 has started angling for a move away from the strug­gling giants.

Chigowe said he would have wanted Mushure to be part of the team to play Makepekepe given his ex­pe­ri­ence but is happy work­ing with those play­ers who are com­mit­ted to the Dynamos cause.

“Ocean is a sober man who I think is de­lib­er­ately mak­ing un­in­formed de­ci­sions. Prob­a­bly he wants a move but I think he is do­ing it the wrong way.”

“I am im­pressed by the guys who are pre­pared to do the job for Dynamos like those who did the work last Sun­day in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the Chibuku Su­per Cup against Herentals.

“Both Mushure (Ocean) and Mukamba (Den­ver) were not in that game against Herentals, so we can­not talk of guys who are not pre­pared to put on the shift, I would rather con­cen­trate on those who are play­ing for the team.

“Some of them are go­ing through pain bar­rier to rep­re­sent Dynamos, those are the guys who we are pre­pared to hon­our and give re­spect and I think they can do the job for us,” Chigowe said.

He said he is spend­ing a lot of time try­ing to pre­pare the play­ers men­tally as the team faces a de­ci­sive six games to pre­serve their Premier­ship sta­tus.

“In as far as I am con­cerned, no match is go­ing to be easy for us but CAPS United are our tra­di­tional ri­vals, we re­spect them but we are out to get a re­sult.

“The boys have worked very hard this week. We have loaded them a lot ahead of the match against CAPS United.

“Nat­u­rally we know the boys now have be­lief that they are win­ners and we are also work­ing on their men­tal strength to ready for Sun­day’s game and the re­main­ing fix­tures,” Chigowe said.

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