Diya kicked out

HARARE - Dynamos goalkeepers’ coach Tichaona Diya was expelled from the just ended elite Fifa goalkeeping course after absconding lectures earlier this week.

The DeMbare coach defied orders from the course facilitator by leaving the course venue to attend the midweek match pitting his team and reigning log leaders FC Platinum on Wednesday.

While the other 15 premiership goalkeepers’ coaches remained at the course despite the midweek action, Diya thought otherwise and was at Rufaro Stadium during the 2-2 draw between the two teams.

Diya returned to the course venue after the match was but was expelled by the facilitator Alejandro Heredia, who is a Fifa instructor.

It was a missed opportunity for the defending champions as Diya stood a chance to gain a lot of knowledge from the course.

The latest episode also comes at a time the Dynamos goalkeeping department has been criticised for their recent performances.

George Chigova and Artwell Mukandi have been a bundle of nerves since the start of the season as DeMbare has only picked up nine points from a possible 21.

Mukandi was at fault to conceding the corner kick that resulted in Charles Sibanda equalising for the Platinum miners on Wednesday.

Throughout the game, the former Monomotapa keeper, was punching and flapping every ball that came his way.

Chigova has just finished serving a two-match suspension after his red card against triangle three weeks ago.

Even before that suspension, Chigova had been done little to instil confidence in his defenders with his performances between the sticks.

It is under such a backdrop that many would have thought that Diya would have used the opportunity to help equip himself so that he can improve the DeMbare goalkeeping frailties.

This afternoon, DeMbare’s legion of fans will be hoping the team delivers when they face the tricky hurdle presented by Monoz at Rufaro.

A defeat to Monoz today will undoubtedly compound Calisto Pasuwa’s problems.

The defending champions trail log leaders FC Platinum by 10 points and Pasuwa knows how much those points will be crucial in the tight race for the title come end of season.

Last season Monomotapa edged Dynamos 1-0 during the first meeting before losing the reverse fixture 2-1 when the premiership race had reached the home stretch.

The side has since lost the core of that squad that finished in the top four last season and gave Highlanders and Dynamos a scare.

But coach Biggie Zuze is optimistic of adding to Dynamos misery especially as he welcomes back his last season trump card Ronald Chitiyo.

The 2012 third runner up missed Monoz last to matches while on duty with the national team.

Today

Black Rhinos v How Mine (Gwanzura), Highlanders v Buffaloes (Barbourfields), Hwange v Triangle (Colliery), Monomotapa v Dynamos (Rufaro), Motor Action v Black Mambas (Motor Action Sports Club)

 

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