Third force behind our troubles – Mubaiwa

HARARE - It has been a turbulent week at Dynamos after the players refused to train for the entire week in the run up to this afternoon’s Chibuku Super Cup clash with Black Rhinos.

The Glamour Boys failed to hold a single training session with players demanding the club pay them their outstanding signing-on fees and bonuses.

This afternoon, DeMbare will just turn up at Gwanzura Stadium like a social football club and coach Calisto Pasuwa will have to select his team a few hours before kick-off.

In an effort to get to the bottom of the shenanigans at the famous Harare club, the Daily News on Sunday caught up with Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa.

The Harare businessman has been at the helm of the club’s executive since 2011 and he feels that there is third force behind the current industrial action by the players.

“There are people who want to politicise everything and want to sway players and tell them different things that are misleading. A lot of people want to be part of Dynamos. But that is not right. We have to work together,” said Mubaiwa.

“We have tried but getting little results. We are not sleeping looking for money knocking on people’s doors and trying to convince them to put money in Dynamos but everyone is crying that ‘look at the economy, our hands are tied’.

“We used to rely on gate takings but 45 percent of that money goes to pay for the match day expenses and that has been a problem for us this season.

“We are getting some support from BancABC but that money is not enough and we need other companies to come in and help us.

“If we go to South Africa just next door their club get a lot of support from the corporate companies and it the same even in Europe. Our local companies should follow what BancABC is doing.”

Although Mubaiwa is a reputable businessman, who has made his fortune in the auction business, DeMbare has been saddle by issues regarding funding since he took over from Farai Munetsi three years ago.

He says he has no plans of throwing in the towel despite all the challenges he has faced in the years he has been in charge at the Glamour Boys.

“Dynamos has been my team since childhood. I do not want to leave the club in the mud. I want to leave the club at a better place,” said Mubaiwa.

“One day we will smile because this is just a phase. It will end. They say there is always light at end of the tunnel.”

On Friday, the striking Dynamos players wrote a petition to the club bosses with a number of grievances they want addressed. 

“We have received that list and it’s from there that we are going to address their concerns. We do not have all the money to meet their demands but we are working out payment plans and we are determined to clear all monies that are outstanding,” said Mubaiwa.

Comments (3)

We can forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. But it is a tragedy when old man are afraid of the light. Kenny Mubaiwa is crying that the companies are not putting money into football siting South Africa and Europe as places where companies put money into football. I thought Kenny knew that one can not have normal sports in an abnormal country. Honestly how many companies are left in Zimbabwe? How much money are they making? Who are the owners of those companies? Politicians turned businessmen. That makes me laugh.How many people are unemployed and if the entire country has its population as traders do you see any serious business taking place.That's not economics at all. So Kenny save your tears.

SHAVA - 17 August 2014

Dembare iteam yedu rova ngoma usekerere. Dynamos F.C it's a BIG institution please let us not run Dynamos like a tuck shop. Ask any player in ZIM wants to put on a BLUE & WHITE jersey its dream come true or he grew up supporting the big team. In house fighting kills the game the Dynamos spirit the attacking flare we all know wega unosekerera. Management and players sit down to iron out those thorn isues for the good of the game. Dembare fo life Chazunguza. Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A.MBEYO - 19 August 2014

The problem with Dynamos's founding fathers is that they do not want to let go Dynamos and that is their greatest undoing. They want control but they do not have the money. They want control but they have no skills and capacity to run such a big institution. They are the biggest problem. Let Dynamos be listed as a public company and be better run. As supporters we do not mind. We will always support the TEAM. Your clinging to this team with nothing to offer, you founding fathers is so sickening. What kind of Board of Directors are you, who let the team face the same problems year in, year out. You should be ashamed of yourselves and your pressing of the self-destructing button every now and again. I repeat, the real problem is with the Dynamos Founding Members. If they sell their stake to better business people the team will click and prosper

charles charingeno - 19 August 2014

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