Dynamos locked out of training ground

HARARE - Dynamos' woes from Sunday’s Castle Premiership defeat to ZPC Kariba continued after the champions were yesterday locked out of their Zimphos training ground in Msasa for non-payment of rentals.

The defending champions, who lost 1-0 to ZPC Kariba at the National Sports Stadium, were hoping to have a morning workout session in preparation for the Independence Trophy final against FC Platinum this Friday.

DeMbare coach Calisto Pasuwa’s had to abandon his training programme as the record Zimbabwe champions found the gates to the facility locked.

The Daily News understands that the Glamour Boys now owe the chemicals manufacturing company over $7 000 in outstanding rentals for the use of their ground.

The Glamour Boys have an agreement with the Zimphos Company to use the stadium for the training sessions for a fee which includes paying the groundsmen.

Dynamos have, however, not been honouring the agreement, forcing the company to lock them out.

In the end, Pasuwa was forced to conduct a recovery session with his players on another pitch situated near the stadium.

When contacted for comment, Dynamos team manager Richard Chihoro denied that they had been locked out of their training venue.

“There is nothing like that we had a light training, who said we didn’t train?” asked Chihoro.

But the Daily News has it on good authority that the DeMbare team manager spent the later part of yesterday shuttling from one office to another negotiating with the Zimphos management.

The training ground debacle is the latest in a long running series of financial constraints bedevilling the Harare giants.

DeMbare went into Sunday’s game against ZPC Kariba with a simmering player disgruntlement over the disbursement of their Bob90 Super Cup prize money.

The players were calling for a seventy percent share of the $45 000 prize money and also an increase of their winning bonuses from $ 150 to $200 per match.

The players argue that the current winning bonuses are paltry for a team that has won the league title on three consecutive occasions.

Earlier this year, the players went on a two-day strike as they demanded their outstanding winning bonuses from last season shortly before they travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo to face AS Vita in the African Champions League.

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