Muparati happy to stay

HARARE - Dynamos’ title-winning captain Tawanda Muparati has dismissed reports linking him with a move away from DeMbare and has since set his sights on featuring for the club in the African Champions League next year.  

Muparati was one of the key factors in the Glamour Boys’ league and cup double success in the past two seasons, and being the club’s leader on the pitch during the home stretch of the 2012 title race, he has naturally attracted interest from South African clubs.

The central midfielder took over the Dynamos armband in October after Guthrie Zhokinyi was slapped with a life ban by Zifa for his role in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.

The former Douglas Warriors and Lengthens midfielder’s contract is set to expire at the end of this month and reports were rife that the 26-year-old had decline to extend his contract in anticipation of a move to South Africa or overseas.

 But Muparati, who was also said to be on the radar of Vietnamese and Indonesian clubs, has poured cold water on the rumours, saying negotiations with Dynamos for contract extension are in progress, adding that a new deal is expected to be finalised soon.

 “It’s true that I haven’t renewed my contract yet, but negotiations for a possible extension are at an advanced stage,” said Muparati.

 “We are in the middle of negotiations. I have made it clear from the beginning that my heart is at Dynamos and that’s where I want to play.

 “I have not received any offers from outside the country and I am looking at playing in the Champions League next year. If something comes up with an offer, we will take it from there, but as of now, I am focusing on my future with Dynamos.”

 Muparati also took time to reflect on the just-ended season, in which he he struggled at the beginning of the season before regaining his form in the later stages.

 “This year, I had a slow start to the season but I later picked up and I was happy with my performance. I give credit to the whole team for what we have achieved because we played as a team throughout the season.” - Godknows Matarutse

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