Mu­rape blasts un­der­per­form­ers

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

DY­NAMOS as­sis­tant coach Mu­rape Mu­rape has hit out at some of his play­ers, sen­sa­tion­ally claim­ing that they are de­lib­er­ately un­der-per­form­ing, sti­fling ef­forts by the Glam­our Boys’ coach­ing staff to steer the team to move away from the drop zone.

The strug­gling gi­ants are oc­cu­py­ing the last rel­e­ga­tion slot, hav­ing ac­cu­mu­lated 31 points with six matches be­fore the sea­son ends.

DeMbare have per­formed dis­mally and they have col­lected a pal­try two points in their last five matches where they have failed to score.

That pa­thetic run claimed the scalp of Lloyd Mu­tasa, who has since been sac­ri­ficed along with his as­sis­tants Joseph Takaringofa and Zondai Nyaungwa, who paved the way for Lloyd Chigowe and Mu­rape.

De­spite Mu­tasa be­ing sacked, the los­ing script con­tin­ued, with the pair’s first match in charge end­ing in a 0-2 de­feat to lead­ers FC Plat­inum.

Their cham­pi­onship win­ning cap­tain Mu­rape, how­ever, be­lieves there is more to the un­der-per­for­mance of his team this year than meets the eye.

Mu­rape ques­tioned some of the play­ers’ loy­alty to the Dy­namos cause.

“Look at some of the play­ers we have at our dis­posal, most of them are not to­tally com­mit­ted to the Dy­namos cause, so it be­comes dif­fi­cult for any coach to work with such kind of play­ers.

“The level of in­dis­ci­pline some­times is shock­ing. Most of these play­ers do not know what it means to play for Dy­namos,’’ Mu­rape said.

For­mer cap­tain Ocean Mushure and mid­fielder Panashe Mu­tasa are AWOL, while Den­ver Mukamba, who has also bat­tled dis­ci­plinary de­mons all year, resur­faced at the team’s train­ing ses­sion only two days ago af­ter he had dis­ap­peared from the radar for al­most a week.

Mu­rape sus­pects that some of the un­der­per­form­ers in the side could prob­a­bly be sym­pa­thetic to the sacked Mu­tasa as their be­hav­iour was not en­cour­ag­ing.

“Some of these play­ers are not able to ap­pre­ci­ate the changes in terms of coaches. They are not able to cope with the philoso­phies, so we need to work ex­tra hard to change all that. There is a cer­tain way which we want them to move and we have been try­ing to in­stil that unto them, but you find that there is re­sis­tance in some of the play­ers, so it’s a big chal­lenge to us as coaches.

“But we are con­vinced that those who are re­ally com­mit­ted to the Dy­namos cause will help pull the team out of the sit­u­a­tion we are in. Those are some of the prob­lems which we have as we head for the fi­nal de­ci­sive stretch of the marathon,’’ Mu­rape said.

He said if play­ers wanted to re­main at Dy­namos, they should toe the coaches’ line and show that they are pre­pared to fight for the badge.

“We don’t have to beg the play­ers to be com­mit­ted to the team’s cause. It’s up to those play­ers, they have to show a good work ethic be­cause at Dy­namos it’s not about Mu­rape or any in­di­vid­ual, and it’s about all the stake­hold­ers.

“It’s sup­posed to be these play­ers who should bail us out of this quag­mire. So it’s up to them to com­mit them­selves and give ex­tra ef­fort. This is Dy­namos, a rep­utable in­sti­tu­tion and it’s a priv­i­lege to play for the in­sti­tu­tion, so one has to prove why they are part of the squad.

“I be­lieve when the team is win­ning, losers will not be seen, but when are los­ing, that is when the win­ners should stand up.”

With the team fac­ing ri­vals CAPS United in the fierce Harare Derby to­mor­row, Mu­rape who has been in­volved in many of such bat­tles as a player, said Dy­namos needed to pull up if they are to come out vic­to­ri­ous. If DeMbare win in this out­stand­ing fix­ture, they will climb four places up the lad­der, ef­fec­tively putting their des­tiny in their own hands.

NO HOLDS BARRED . . . Mu­rape Mu­rape has ques­tioned the com­mit­ment of some of the Dy­namos play­ers

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