End of road for Murape?

HARARE - Veteran Murape Murape could have played his last season for Dynamos after it has emerged the club’s executive might not extend his contract when it expires at the end of the month.

Attacking midfielder Murape – one of five Dynamos players who were part of all four league titles success under Calisto Pasuwa in the last four seasons – has a total of six championship medals with the record 21-time Zimbabwean champions in his two stints there. 

An imposing record indeed for a man regarded as one of Dynamos’ greatest sons, a club he graduated from its youth structures as a 17-year-old back in the late 90s.

It would be a rather unbefitting exit though for the club legend, whose official age is put at 34, if the Glamour Boys were to retire one of their greatest players of all times against his will.

Following the completion of the 2014 season, Murape told reporters he was not ready to quit football yet.

But with DeMbare eager to have a fresh start, the club is said to have decided against renewing the contracts of Murape alongside fellow senior players like Tawanda Muparati and Thomas Magorimbo.

“Unless something dramatic happens, Murape will not be part of Dynamos next year,” a source in the Dynamos camp told the Daily News yesterday.

“The executive has made it clear to the new technical team that they should assemble a new youthful side. Other players who might not be part of the team next season includes T1 (Muparati) and Thomas Magorimbo.

“Other senior guys will know of their fate when the team new technical team, headed by new head coach David Mandigora, meets to submit their wish-list this week.”

From the 35 players who were in the DeMbare ranks in the just ended season, only 22 still have running contracts.

Murape previously retired from football at the end of the 2011 season after he helped Dynamos secure a league and cup double before making a U-turn the following season.

The diminutive  midfielder has only played for one other club in Zimbabwe, the now defunct Buymore, before a brief stint in Swaziland’s top-flight league. His third spell with Dynamos has been his most successful.

He began his career as a raw teenager, featuring in the Dynamos juniors before rising through the club’s ranks to become the team’s captain in 2008.

In 2007, he was voted Soccer Star of the Year in what became the crowning moment of his career.

Born Murape Charles Murape in Chitungwiza, the inspirational DeMbare skipper has won six league titles in 1997, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and several other pieces of silverware, making him one of the most decorated players in Zimbabwean domestic football history.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Murape said he will only be guided by the team’s decision.

Comments (1)

If some one is still keen to play football then let him go on.For someone who has served the team for such a long time,I think he deserves some honour and not just be dumped into the streets. Organise a match in his honour to than him for placing where Dembare is now

Dembare Fan - 23 December 2014

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