Is Mutasa to blame?

SPECULATION about Lloyd Mutasa’s future at Dynamos has dominated the news in the past week.
After a string of poor results, the Dynamos top brass this Tuesday announced they had sacked assistant coach Murape Murape while Mutasa’s final game in charge would have been Wednesday’s league match against Tsholotsho.

However, it did not go according to script as Murape sat on the DeMbare bench at Rufaro Stadium as the team beat Tsholotsho 2-0.

Mutasa and Murape received a lot of support from DeMbare fans who turned up to watch their side in the midweek encounter.

The two coaches’ names were sang by the fans throughout the match in an apparent dig at the Kenni Mubaiwa-led executive and Bernard Marriot’s board, who control the club.

Truth be told, Dynamos’ problems this season are not of the technical departments’ making but the entire system is not working.

After winning four consecutive league titles between 2011 and 2014, the club did not evolve by re-energising the squad.

The core of that squad, which was made up of the likes of Thomas Magorimbo, Tawanda Muparati, Devon Chafa, Partson Jaure and Cuthbert Malajila all moved on.

The club did not bring in competent players to ensure that success was sustained.

“When you look at Dynamos, you need to understand where we are coming from as a team. The team did not prepare well during the off-season and some of the things should have been rectified then,” Murape said recently.

“When we came in towards the half way mark, most players were not fit which means we were lacking somewhere.

So, our biggest challenge is that we are trying to improve players’ fitness levels at the same time getting the results.

“So, people want results but they are not taking all these factors into account.” 

Murape highlighted that while Dynamos are a big name in Zimbabwean football, their financial position, however, does not allow them to compete for best players on the transfer market with some financially stable clubs like Ngezi Platinum, FC Platinum among others.

“Again, at Dynamos we don’t have the financial power as a big team. The players that we are getting are mostly free agents, most of the quality players that we have in the land are opting to join other teams which are financially stable and offering them huge sums of money,” he said.

“Of course, we have got a big name and every player wants to play for Dynamos but there is need for self-introspection and the leadership must look for a way that can enable us to compete.

“I think we now need to go down and look for players from the juniors and build a team that we know can compete and dominate for many years. We should have a developmental side that can cushion the senior side.”
He further shot down claims that the current Dynamos team is the worst in the history of the club.

“I don’t think this is the worst Dynamos team ever. We are in fifth position and the season is still on with some 21 points to play for.

“The problem is that football is now being supported on social media but if truth be told, Dynamos have finished in worst positions before,” Murape said.

“I think in 2005 we survived relegation right on the last game of the season but people were quiet.
“Maybe people just don’t like the current technical team because we all know what happened from the start of the season.

“We all know where we are now and where we are going. I don’t think it’s correct pointing fingers saying this is the worst Dynamos.

“I think the boys have done their best for the team to be where it is right now.

“More so, we can still finish in a better place and in football anything can happen.

“There could be some twists and turns in these remaining matches, we have seen happen before. We just need to stay positive until the end of the season.

“So, to suggest we are that bad I think it’s only the work of our detractors who are only concerned with the negatives while ignoring the positives.

“As a team, the fight is still on. If we can have players who believe then anything can happen.”

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