DeMbare hunt for new coach

AFTER a difficult 2016 season, Harare giants Dynamos have resolved to strengthen their technical bench by hiring a new coach as they bid to build a strong team capable of challenging for trophies in the 2017 season, the Weekend Post has learnt.

The new coach will replace Lloyd Mutasa, who was handed the responsibility to lead the Glamour Boys after they plunged into relegation zone under the guidance of out-of-sorts Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva last season.
Mutasa’s contract expired at the end of last year and looks set to be demoted to the position of assistant coach.
Mutasa has since been tasked to conduct trials for new players while the process to hire a new coach will be finalised at a board meeting set for this weekend.

Dynamos president Kenni Mubaiwa could not entertain questions regarding the team’s technical team, saying board chairman Bernard Marriot is in a better position to answer.

However, Marriot’s mobile was not reachable.

But sources close to the team maintained that the process to hire a new coach will commence soon.
“The leadership was not convinced with Mutasa’s overall performance since he was promoted to become the head coach,” a source revealed to the Weekend Post.

“They believe it will be in the best interest of the team to hire a new experienced coach who will be deputised by Mutasa. However, everything will be finalised at the board meeting and the final say lies with Marriot.

“If all goes well, they are likely to settle for a foreign coach but this time a well-known coach with a good reputation unlike that Silva guy. If you can talk to me after the meeting, I will be in a better position to give a clear picture.”

The Glamour Boys had a difficult year in which they finished the season empty handed settling for fifth place on the Castle Premiership table.

Their woes were made worse after their bitter rivals CAPS United celebrated winning the title.
Dynamos’ sponsorship package with BancABC expired at the end of last season and there has not been any news of a renewal yet.

This has greatly hampered the Glamour Boys activity in the transfer market as they cannot offer players lucrative signing-on fees and salaries.

A number of DeMbare players whose contracts ran out at the end of last year have refused to renew their deals, opting for greener pastures elsewhere.

The club has already lost utility player Godknows Murwira and midfielder Dominic Mukandi, who have joined Ngezi Platinum Stars.

Young midfielder Bret Amidu, who was a lone bright spark during a disappointing 2016 season, also left to join FC Platinum.

Goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva, who is in Gabon with the national team for the Africa cup of Nations, is also out of contract and could be on his way out.

Dynamos are also embroiled in a nasty boardroom wrangle.

The club leadership is currently divided into two groups; there is one which is led by Marriot and the other by Ernest Kamba. —Godknows Matarutse

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