Lloyd Mutasa sacrifices Masimba Dinyero

ZVISHAVANE - Masimba Dinyero feels let down by his long time friend Lloyd Mutasa after he was sacked as the FC Platinum assistant coach on Wednesday.

Mutasa has been under increasing pressure at platinum miners after a poor start to the 2014 Castle Premiership season and Dinyero was the biggest casualty a technical team reshuffle announced by the club.

Dinyero has been one of Mutasa’s most trusted lieutenants since they started their coaching apprenticeship with Sporting Lions way back in 2002.

The two have worked hand-in-hand at various other clubs like Highway, Eagles, Kiglon, Flame Lily Dynamos and Green Mamba in Swaziland over the years.

The pair’s relationship, however, reached breaking point after FC Platinum’s disastrous start to the 2014 season.

The platinum miners, who began the season as leading contenders to snatch the title away from Dynamos, have failed to win in their opening three matches.

FC Platinum began the season with a 1-1 away draw with Premiership newcomers Chiredzi FC which was followed by an embarrassing 2-3 home defeat to Hwange after they had led 2-0 at halftime.

On Easter Monday, the Zvishavane-based side blew another 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Chicken Inn in Bulawayo.

Pressure was now mounting on Mutasa after the poor start and he is believed to have sacrificed his long time assistant to save his skin.

The well-travelled Dinyero opened up to the Daily News yesterday accusing Mutasa of being two-faced.

“I was forced to resign because the environment was no longer conducive for me to continue working,” Dinyero said.

“I was being suspected to be a saboteur and the painful part is that I didn’t know about it. The coach (Mutasa) never told me anything.

“He never opened up to me if there was anything I was doing wrong and I also thought as a friend of mine he would come tell me face-to-face if I had done something wrong.”

In a press statement yesterday the club said: “Meanwhile and in fulfilment of the mission for FC Platinum to compete effectively for all silverware, head coach Lloyd Mutasa, has advised the executive management of an immediate reshuffle of his technical bench, where a mutual separation has been agreed with Masimba Dinyero and a new assistant coach will be announced once the coach has finalised his selection from his pool of candidates.

“The coach and indeed the entire FC Platinum family would like to thank Masimba Dinyero for his contribution to club during his stay in Zvishavane. We wish him well in his future engagements.”

Meanwhile, Ralph Kawondera, who has also enjoyed a close relationship with Mutasa, is expected to be announced as the new FC Platinum assistant coach soon.

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