Ka­won­dera dy­nasty lives on

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

trend some of the play­ers have worked with this coach at var­i­ous clubs in the past five sea­sons.

“The play­ers had be­come ac­cus­tomed to their coach, maybe they love his phi­los­o­phy but we can­not do that at Dy­namos,” charged Murape.

The 2007 Soc­cer Star of the Year, who joined Dy­namos Ju­niors at age 12, says he is a vic­tim of the truth, hence his doc­u­mented clashes with play­ers.

Murape was ac­cused of be­ing the force be­hind the sus­pen­sion of Kingston Nkhata, Peace Makaha, Mar­shal Mac­haz­ane and Obey Mw­er­a­hari for al­legedly fan­ning dis­con­tent at the club.

“I am un­apolo­getic about my be­lief in the truth. I won’t be di­luted like Ma­zoe Orange Crush, I will re­main Murape with my char­ac­ter but it’s wrong for peo­ple to as­sas­si­nate my char­ac­ter.

“I can­not per­son­alise Dy­namos. I am a small fish in this big DeMbare pond. The only prob­lem, maybe, is I told the play­ers the truth. Se­ri­ously, I can’t lie to the play­ers and tell them they are good when they are fight­ing rel­e­ga­tion.

“Be­sides, I be­lieve the play­ers we worked with were in­tox­i­cated by the pre­vi­ous tech­ni­cal team to be­have neg­a­tively. AF­TER bag­ging the Chibuku Su­per Cup but be­fore pro­vid­ing two Soc­cer Star of the Year fi­nal­ists for the first time in their his­tory, Lowveld side Tri­an­gle now wants to add a lit­tle more su­gar to an al­ready sweet sea­son by claim­ing the Cas­tle Chal­lenge Cup.

The cap­tain of this ship, Ralph Ka­won­dera who comes from the Ka­won­dera foot­ball dy­nasty, is ooz­ing with con­fi­dence ahead of to­day’s sea­son clos­ing match against league cham­pi­ons FC Plat­inum at Man­dava.

Ralph is not in any way re­lated to for­mer War­riors top striker Shingi, but he comes from a fam­ily that has given this na­tion foot­ballers such as for­mer Dar­ryn T stal­wart Raphael, lower divi­sion coach Ralph se­nior as well as for­mer Dy­namos and Tri­an­gle striker Richard.

His twin brother Raphael Jr and goal­keeper Chamunorwa are also earn­ing their keep in the Divi­sion One League.

“It’s a great feel­ing in Tri­an­gle, we worked as a team this sea­son and we now want to cap it all by win­ning the Cas­tle Chal­lenge Cup,” said the 28-yearold Ka­won­dera.

The Cas­tle Chal­lenge is played be­tween the league cham­pi­ons and

“But that’s bad, we have all played and achieved a lot for this club and we should al­low the team to suc­ceed even in our ab­sence.”

Murape also claimed Nkhata was ring-leader of the rebels.

“I will quote what Kingston said, he ac­tu­ally said ‘we are go­ing to fight fire with fire, we are go­ing to soil your names’.

“But they can soil our names or what­ever they want to do but Dy­namos will re­main Dy­namos, peo­ple come and go,” said Murape.

The Dy­namos as­sis­tant coach also spoke about a What­sApp group cre­ated by a car­tel of se­nior play­ers on which de­ci­sions were made. win­ners of the coun­try’s pre­mier foot­ball knock­out tour­na­ment, Chibuku Su­per Cup.

“It means a lot for the peo­ple of Chiredzi, they have been be­hind us all sea­son and they de­serve to en­joy these sweet times,” said the 28-yearold Ka­won­dera.

Hav­ing toiled hard in search of glory at clubs like Kam­buzuma United, High­field United, Twalumba, Flame Lily and Herentals, the util­ity Ka­won­dera, who is com­fort­able ei­ther as a D-Link or at cen­tre back, has fi­nally found his groove at Tri­an­gle.

He was tipped for the 2018 Soc­cer Stars of the Year cal­en­dar but sadly missed out, with his team­mates Nhamo Lameck and speed mer­chant Phineas Ba­musi mak­ing the fi­nal XI.

Tri­an­gle coach Tau­rai Mang­wiro, who is the joint Novem­ber Coach of the Month with FC Plat­inum gaffer Nor­man Mapeza, whom he faces to­day, thinks Ka­won­dera de­served a place amongst the best.

“I was ac­tu­ally tip­ping him (Ka­won­dera) for the cal­en­dar but I wouldn’t want to take away any­thing from those se­lected.

“Re­mem­ber we were the fourth best team in the league, the cham­pi­ons FC

“Some play­ers came to us and told us about this What­sApp group. It was on this group where it was de­cided which games to play (well) and which ones not to play (well).

“It was like there was now a par­al­lel struc­ture. There’s noth­ing wrong with form­ing a What­sApp group but if it’s work­ing against the club then it’s not good.”

At DeMbare’s fi­nal game against Nichrut at As­cot last week­end, play­ers ver­bally at­tacked team man­ager Richard Chi­horo as they de­manded their dues.

“At the end of the day you find that all this is blamed on Murape, but why? I am an hon­est man, I love Plat­inum have three play­ers on the cal­en­dar so who are we to ask for more,” Mang­wiro told The Sun­day Mail Sport.

“But I would like to be­lieve we showed a lot of po­ten­tial in this sea­son. Last sea­son we fin­ished ninth and bowed out of the Chibuku Su­per Cup at the first hur­dle.

“This year we are fourth and we are the Chibuku Su­per Cup cham­pi­ons. And now we have the Cas­tle Chal­lenge Cup ahead of us.

“It’s a game worth win­ning be­cause we want to end on a high. Peo­ple will al­ways re­mem­ber us more for the last thing we did.

“All the games we have played against FC Plat­inum have been very close and en­ter­tain­ing so I hope this one is no ex­cep­tion,” said Mang­wiro.

The Su­gar Su­gar Boys en­joy a bet­ter head to head over Pure Plat­inum Play in the 2018 sea­son, hav­ing held the Zvisha­vane side 0-0 in May be­fore win­ning 3-1 at Gibbo in the re­verse fix­ture. FC Plat­inum coach Mapeza is likely to rest his key play­ers as the min­ers have a loom­ing mid­week CAF Cham­pi­ons League fix­ture against CNaPs of Mada­gas­car. Pure Plat­inum Play drew 1-1 in Mada­gas­car and the re­turn leg is at Man­dava on Wed­nes­day. “It has been a very tight pro­gram for us, we ar­rived from Mada­gas­car on Thurs­day night and trav­elled to Zvisha­vane the fol­low­ing day so it will be all about men­tal strength. “We know the chal­lenge we are fac­ing. Thumbs up to Tau (Mang­wiro), he has done re­ally good and it’s for ev­ery­one to see,” said Mapeza.

Ralph Ka­won­dera

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