Dynamos release midfielder Chafa

HARARE - Dynamos have now resigned themselves to losing star midfielder Devon Chafa during this pre-season transfer window after the champions granted the out-of-contract player a clearance yesterday.

Highly-rated midfield enforcer Chafa is being linked with a move to either How Mine or Harare City.

The 24-year-old former Kiglon star, who was a part of the club’s four successive league titles under former coach Calisto Pasuwa, has also reportedly caught the eye of some clubs in South Africa, but a move within the Castle Premiership appears at the moment the likeliest.

Chafa is among several players that are all out of contract at the Glamour Boys and gold miners How Mine are now best tipped as his next destination.

At How Mine, he will join fellow midfielder Tawanda Muparati, who has recently moved there from Dynamos.

The DC Academy product has since been engaged in a protracted contract extension with the Glamour Boys who made it clear that they were operating on a tight budget and would not be forced to go out of their way to tie down players.

The Glamour Boys have seen their sponsorship package from BancABC, which stood at $700 000 last season for players and technical staff salaries, slashed down by an estimated 40 percent.

Chafa’s manager Gibson Mahachi confirmed to the Daily News that his client was now job-hunting after they failed to agree terms with DeMbare.

“We failed to agree terms with Dynamos and they have issued him with a clearance to join other teams,” Mahachi said.

“We had tabled our offer but Dynamos felt it was too much. Chafa’s case was complicated in that it included DC Academy. So it sounded a bit expensive because of the parties involved.”

Mahachi, however, said he is still negotiating for the services of striker Simba Sithole to stay at Dynamos. 

“With Simba it’s different and we are now waiting for Dynamos to get back to us. We are now weighing other options on the next team he can join. There are several clubs who have made enquiries about his services.”

Dynamos’ failure to accept Chafa’s demands is likely to be viewed in some quarters with disdain.

Chafa was last season reportedly offered a $20 000 signing-on fee by FC Platinum but turned down the offer to stay with the Glamour Boys.

DeMbare, meanwhile, could still lose other players like Simba Sithole, Tafadzwa Rusike and Roderick Mutuma, who are all out of contract.

The players’ future is uncertain as contract extension talks appear to have stalled in recent weeks.

The Glamour Boys have however, been able to tie down defender Ocean Mushure and midfielder Stephen Alimenda to new long-term deals while signing five new players ahead of the new season.

Last week, they officially unveiled five latest acquisitions in former CAPS United striker Kelvin Bulaji and utility player Godknows Murwira, who signed from relegated Shabanie Mine.  

Goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga, who signed from ZPC Kariba, was also unveiled while young defender Nigel Gandare and midfielder Carlos Rusere were returned from loan spells at ZPC Morris and DC Academy respectively.

While DeMbare have given up on Chafa, they are however, reportedly closing in on former Young Warriors defender Qadr Amini.

Amini, who had signed a pre-contract with FC Platinum towards the end of last season, was duly registered for the Caf Confederations Cup by the platinum miners but it appeared talks had stalled and negotiations with DeMbare are at an advanced stage.

The former Gunners defender has had limited first-team opportunities for the last two seasons at Platinum due to injury and yesterday he trained with the Glamour Boys as he seeks to re-launch his career which at one point saw him attract interest from outside the country.

The left-back was once on the wish-list of Orlando Pirates but a move to the Sea Robbers did not materialise and at one point he had trials at SuperSport United.

Fullback Obey Mwerahari, who is also pushing for a move to join Dynamos, trained with the team yesterday but it could not be immediately ascertained if he had been cleared by ZPC Kariba.

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