Emotional Mutuma bids DeMbare farewell

HARARE - New Bloemfontein Celtic striker Rodreck Mutuma yesterday bid farewell to Dynamos after two successful years with the Zimbabwean champions, but says he will always remain loyal to the club.

 Mutuma, who has been on Celtic’s radar since last year, impressed Siwelele coach Clinton Larsen and his technical bench during his trial stint with the Mangaung-based side, and is joining the Free State outfit on a three-year deal.

 The 24-year old, who is joining Celtic in a deal worth $100 000, was a key part of Dynamos’ squad which achieved back-to-back league and cup double success in 2011 and 2012.

Yesterday before boarding a flight to Johannesburg, Mutuma wrote on his Facebook page paying tribute to the record 19-times Zimbabwean champions, who plucked him out of the unfashionable world of lower league football and gave him the platform to showcase his talent:

“Thanks to all who were there for me throughout the time I was at Dynamos. This goes to coach Lloyd Mutasa and his technical team who brought me to Dynamos from division one.

 “And also coach (Calisto) Pasuwa and his technical team, all the board members, executive, my team mates and not forgetting all supporters who strengthened me all the way in good and tough times. It was good working with you guys, the Prince will miss you.”  

Following a dream debut top-flight season in 2011 with Dynamos in which he finished as the league’s Golden Boot winner with 14 goals, Mutuma struggled with his game at the beginning of last season.

He however rediscovered his form in the closing stages of the season, scoring important goals for the league and cup double winners.

 He scored the goal that gave Dynamos the priceless point they needed, in their final league tie against Hardbody at Ascot, to successfully defend their Premiership title.

His two goals against Monomotapa in the Mbada Diamonds final meant that Mutuma scored three goals, in two big matches, which made a big difference for the Glamour Boys.

The Glamour Boys were reluctant to release the player because of their involvement in the African Champions League, but the Zimbabwean champions realise they cannot hold onto the player in the wake of Phunye Selesele’s interest.

The gangly forward is now looking forward to his Absa Premiership debut when the league resumes on February 13.  

 Celtic went to the half season break on seventh place on the Super Diski log standings.

 Mutuma occupied the last slot for the foreign player’s quota at the club which already Cameroonian goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb, Ghanaian midfielder John Arwuah, Malawian defender Limbikani Mzava  and Joel Mogorosi of Botswana.

Meanwhile, another Dynamos striker, Simba Sithole, also signed a two-and-half year deal with SuperSport with an option of another two years. - Godknows Matarutse

Comments (1)

Go boy go and show them what you can do. you deserve it boy and I salute the De mbare board for not standing in your way. that s the way to go for the closing of one door is the opening another and we will find another gem like you. Thank you for the service you gave us we will be with you where ever you go.

Chatter box - 3 February 2013

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