'No striker crisis at DeMbare'

HARARE - Dynamos will still unleash a potent strike force for the upcoming 2013 season despite the imminent departure of Rodreck Mutuma and Simba Sithole, insists club chairperson Kenny Mubaiwa.

Mutuma embarked on a two-week trial stint with South African Premiership side Bloemfontein Celtic last week.

Indications are that Phunye Selesele are warming up to the 2011 Castle Premiership Golden Boot winner and are likely to offer him a deal.

Sithole is also on a club-hunting mission across the Limpopo where he is currently being assessed at Tshwane side SuperSport United.

The record 19-time Zimbabwe champions have already lost star midfielder Denver Mukamba, who joined Bidvest Wits at the beginning of this month.

Mukamba was DeMbare’s top goal scorer with a tally of 15 goals in all competitions to help the club retain the league and Mbada Diamonds Cup trophies.

If Mutuma and Sithole make the grade in South Africa, this will leave Farai Mupasiri as the only recognised striker at the club.

The club is expected to bring in Francisco Zekumbawire to bolster their attack options, but the deal has dragged on for over a month now.

Both parties have agreed on a transfer fee while DeMbare have also met Zekumbawire’s personal terms.

Hwange, however, insist they will release the player once the transfer fee is deposited into their bank account.

“The coaches are running around looking for replacements in the event that those players are successful in South Africa,” Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“We will also flex our muscles and demanding full value for the two players when it comes to negotiate their transfer fees.

“We will then use the money we get from the sale of Roddy and Simba to finance the signing of their replacements.”

Mubaiwa admitted that when the 2012 season ended, the club did not expect its first choice striking combination to attract interest from South African clubs.

It was the hope of the Harare giants that Sithole and Mutuma would remain at the club as they formed the warhead on Pasuwa’s plans for a continental assault in the African Champions League.

The imminent arrival of Zekumbawire would have bolstered an already lethal strike force, but recent developments means the blonde-haired forward is now a priority for DeMbare.

Dynamos have also cancelled a proposed training camp in Marondera ahead of the new season.

The technical department saw the camp as an opportunity for team bonding between the club’s new signings and old players.

Dynamos will put their preparations in full gear early next month when they take on South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Brazilians will travel to Zimbabwe later this month and will also meet Highlanders and CAPS United on the five-day tour.

Dynamos will use the preparatory match against Sundowns to get in shape for their African Champions League preliminary round clash with Lesotho Correctional Services next month.

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