Dynamos lure back Mukamba

HARARE - It has emerged that Dynamos have made an offer to lure back their former talisman, Denver Mukamba, back to the club he left at the beginning of the year to join South African top-flight club Bidvest Wits.

The record 20-time Zimbabwean champions have lodged a loan offer with the Johannesburg outfit and are hopeful of tempting Mukamba back with the incentive of regular football and African Champions League exposure next year.

Sources say although there is willingness and commitment on the part of both clubs and the player himself, financial loose-ends of the deal could prove a sticking a point.

Wits are believed to have asked for a loan fee in the region of $20 000.

Having struggled to make an impact at Wits, Mukamba, who is currently back home in Harare for the festive holidays, is understood to have initially made overtures to re-join the club which catapulted him to prominence since moving there from Kiglon at the beginning of 2011.  

Regular first team action will also help Mukamba’s cause in the lead up to the 2015 African Nations Cup qualifiers next year.

Zimbabwe, now under the stewardship of former international Ian Gorowa, are hoping to return to Africa’s premier football showcase after missing out on the last four editions of the tournament.

“He (Mukamba) wants a loan deal that can see him back at Dynamos,” said the highly-placed source.

“The coach (Gavin Hunt) is relatively new at Wits and he is not getting enough game time. He has been trying to get through to (Dynamos coach Calisto) Pasuwa but it seems the coach is busy with the national team.

“He is scheduled to meet with him today (yesterday). He is eager to play for DeMbare and if all goes well he might not return to South Africa.”

Pasuwa could neither confirm nor deny the developments. The Dynamos gaffer is currently in camp with the Warriors ahead of the Chan finals set to start next month in South Africa.

“I haven’t seen him but I heard he came looking for me at the Warriors camp,” Pasuwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“But if it’s true that he wants to come back, we are more than willing to accommodate him. You know Denver is one player you can always count on. We are in the Champions League and he is the type of player any coach would want in his team.”

At Wits, the 21-year-old former DeMbare midfield magician has toiled under the burden of expectation, having arrived at Braampark with an outstanding reputation as Zimbabwe’s footballer of the year for 2012.

Within four months of his arrival, the then Wits coach Clive Barker challenged Mukamba to up his game as the dribbling wizard, appointed his country’s captain by former Warriors coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels, continued to be a “bit part player” at the club since his arrival in January during South Africa’s mid-season transfer window.

“At the moment he (Mukamba) still has to answer the question of being able to play consistently,” Barker told South African press in April.

“He has a terrific shot but he hasn’t quite gelled into the team exactly the way we want him to play. I think it will be better for him to play in behind the striker because that is where I think he is better making those diagonal runs left and right. When he is up there doing it that is when we will see the right Denver.
“At the moment we are just trying to manipulate the situation,” added Barker at the time.

Even with Barker departing at the end of the 2012-13 season, new coach Gavin Hunt has not made room for Mukamba in the starting line-up, and with Wits having gone into the Christmas break in an impressive third position in the Absa Premiership, the Warriors star will increasingly find it difficult to make a breakthrough.

Mukamba joined Wits on a two-year deal in January with an option for a further two-year extension on his contract.

He was part of the Dynamos team which won the Castle Premiership title in 2011 and 2012, but the lanky playmaker was never more inspired than in the 2012 season — where apart from being the creative hub in DeMbare’s midfield — he also ended the season as the club’s top-goal scorer with 11 goals.

While Dynamos went on to retain the league title in the post-Mukamba era this year, the Glamour Boys’ squad was thin throughout the season and with critics suggesting the class of 2013 was the “worst” Dynamos squad in the three successive years they were crowned champions, the Harare giants are exploring the possibility of bringing Mukamba back home.

Comments (8)

Sorry Denver. I feel pity for you young man. Falling to command a first team jersey in South Africa? Now I fail to understand the quality of our football. Now you are on the verge of being lured back to Dynamos and your financial status will surely will crumble. I would advise you to remain in South Africa even if it means playing division one football. Or else remain there and be used for training others. It pains but you can serve a few rands. That will cushion you in the near future. Remember you will not play football for the rest of your life. African Champions league yes, what about if you get knocked out in the early stages? Do not rush your decisions. This life is yours. Shame young man. Gwekwerere, Simba Sithole, Mutuma, chiiko nhai vakomana. Ko zvamurikubva ku Dynamos wani?

SHAVA - 27 December 2013

Sorry Denver. I feel pity for you young man. Falling to command a first team jersey in South Africa? Now I fail to understand the quality of our football. Now you are on the verge of being lured back to Dynamos and your financial status will surely will crumble. I would advise you to remain in South Africa even if it means playing division one football. Or else remain there and be used for training others. It pains but you can save a few rands. That will cushion you in the near future. Remember you will not play football for the rest of your life. African Champions league yes, what about if you get knocked out in the early stages? Do not rush your decisions. This life is yours. Shame young man. Gwekwerere, Simba Sithole, Mutuma, chiiko nhai vakomana. Ko zvamurikubva ku Dynamos wani?

SHAVA - 27 December 2013

Its in your best interest Denver Mukamba to come back and play for Dynamos. Otherwise Warriors' selection team haulume!

Tonderayi Chanakira - 28 December 2013

in as much as i feel pity for Denver i think the press is to blame for all these footballers who fail to make it in foreign lands.Lets begin with Evans Gwekwerere-the boy was a scoring sensation and noone doubted his ability but instead of thinking about his age and what fame does to an immature person the Herald and other reporters biased towards dynamos went on to shower him with praises to the extent that he felt he was unstoppable.Even Douglas Tanyanyiwa believed it and shipped the young Evans to mzansi and what came of it?Nothing and he never realised his full potential.Look at players taken from less known or that are never talked about by the papers eg Abbas Amidu.The lad went and won the the hearts of Black Leopards fans to the extent that the owner of Lidoda Duva preferred letting Nkhata go than lose Abbas.He was managed well.Look at all AYSA players from Bhasera,Sadomba,Musona,Billiart n the rest.Managing these players is very important and the technical team should deal with the press when talking to and about their players.Look at how the Serb coach at Chiefs then barred the press from talking to Musona when the boy was assasinating teams to stop fame from going to his head.End result he played in the Bundesliga.So Denver forget what you did in Zim premier league and work hard to improve your game,talk to your coach about your strengths and weakness`,work on them and improve and it shall surely work out for you BUT DO NOT COME BACK to Zimbabwe league!!Stop listening to reprters waxing you in the daily press.Keep your head up young man and it will happen.Believe me i know.

ray mahupete - 28 December 2013

Thank you Ray for your in-depth critical analysis. I enjoyed your article and i'm happy that we share the same views about our football. Some guys make us feel nauseas. Instead of seeing the truth and trying to help orphans like Denver they try to confuse him. This lad is talented but like you said he needs to be managed properly. Not this empty threat that if you do not come back home then you will not play for the warriors. Did the great Eric Cantona ever play for Les Blu ( France ) .Thank you once again Ray

SHAVA - 28 December 2013

You Shava, you seem to be a victim of hate language,despite Mukamba being an orphan as you rightly stated he is much better than you in terms of resources.Since when did the term orphan become associated with sporting discussions?

jerry murs - 29 December 2013

It is not maturity or what the Herald says but it is about adapting to the foreign leagues which can make or break players. Gareth Bale struggled but lucky the coach kept faith in him. It is the first impression you give. For a team to put someone on trials, buy him and then suddenly he does not fit in your plans is just not good for a player's confidence. Mukamba was good that cannot be doubted.

Maita Manyuka - 30 December 2013

What is Nkhata doing now at Kaizer and what is Amidu doing at Black Leopards? You may be good but not fit in the team chete.

Maita Manyuka - 30 December 2013

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