Chaos rocks Mutare City

FORMER Castle Lager Premiership side Mutare City Rovers bid for a quick return to the top flight were dealt a huge blow following the sacking of newly-appointed coaches Masimba Dinyero and Peter Masibhera.

Rovers were relegated at the end of the 2016 season when they finished in 15th place while under Taku Shariwa, who then jumped ship to join Shabanie Mine.

As the municipality police-owned side tried to put in place a team that would quickly bounce back into the Premiership; their first step was to appoint the former FC Platinum and Harare City coach Dinyero.

However, Dinyero and Masibhera were sacked in acrimonious circumstances last week which have left even the Magusha players shocked.

The two coaches were fired for allegedly underperforming during pre-season warm-up match despite winning 9-0.
They were told of their termination at the training ground in full view of their players only a few hours after councillor Kudakwashe Chisango’s executive took over.

In a shocking show of contempt of professionalism by the executive which has no exposure to football administration procedures.

The club’s new welfare manager Paddington Mugabe’s first words were, “Mutumwa haana mbonje (Don’t blame the messenger)”, some players who were within earshot of the conversation told the Weekend Post.

Former Magusha spokesperson Clayton Masekesa, who is now the new club administrator in the new dispensation, confirmed Dinyero and Masibhera’s expulsion citing poor preparations.

“We sacked our coaches. Our preparations were in shambles. We lost our pre-season matches against teams playing in lower divisions,” Masekesa said.

Although he claimed that the club had availed resources for the preparations most of the experienced players who were with the side last season have already moved else having gone seven months without pay.

Even Dinyero and Masibhera were yet to get their signing-on fees and salaries since their engagement more than two months ago.

However, some insiders at the club told the Weekend Post that Dinyero and his assistant were sacrificed to accommodate Kennedy “Bokande” Kachere.

Kachere was the coach who took the club from Division Two before helping them reach the Premiership.
When results started going against Magusha, Kachere was demoted to the role of assistant coach following Shariwa’s arrival.

Shortly after the team’s relegation, it was largely expected that Kachere would take over the reins again since Shariwa had left.

However, the previous executive chose to keep Kachere in his position as assistant coach while appointing Dinyero.
It was clear there was a lot of tension in the technical department since Dinyero’s arrival two months ago which even Masekesa confirmed.

The new executive was also critical of the young players that had been recruited by Dinyero and they are likely to find themselves out of the club house soon.

“The players that he had brought in are also not good enough. The executive decided to sack him because we were not going anywhere,” Masekesa said.

A call by councillors to disband the club for draining the city’s resources came at the opportune moment giving the new executive a leeway to sack Dinyero and Masibhera while retaining Kachere, who is already a council employee. — Bernard Chiketo in MUTARE

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