DeMbare give up on Mutuma, Sithole

HARARE - Contract negotiations between Dynamos and strikers Roderick Mutuma and Simba Sithole have hit a brick wall.

The defending champions now appear to have given up on securing the services of the two strikers for the forthcoming season.

Dynamos have had their 2015 budget reduced by their principal sponsor, BancABC and need to make adjustments on their expenditure.

This has created a distance between what the defending champions are prepared to pay and what the two players are asking for.

With no deal in sight to tie down Mutuma and Sithole on long-term contracts towards the start of the 2015 season, Dynamos are now looking for other alternatives.

“The sticking point is the amount of money demanded by the handlers of these players,” a source close to the discussions told the Daily News yesterday.

“Dynamos are not prepared to pay large sums of money that’s why they have resorted to engage players who are not contracted anywhere.

“Dynamos have chosen to ignore them since they are not forthcoming on the signing-on fees.

“They have already unearthed their replacements. Newton Katanha is likely to be signed and that young boy who was the leading goal-scorer in the Northern Region Division One last season.”

Katanha, who recently returned to Zimbabwe after a long playing career in Europe, has been training with the Glamour Boys since last week.

All indications point to the fact that the former CAPS United forward has impressed new DeMbare coach David Mandigora.

ZRP FC forward Kasimero Chimbadzwa, who won the World Navi Northern Region Division One League Golden Boot with 22 goals in 2014, has also been training with the defending champions.

The record Zimbabwe champions seem to have been charmed by Chimbadzwa’s talents and appear ready to offer him a contract. 

DeMbare have already completed the deal to sign former CAPS United forward Kelvin Bulaji, who was unveiled two weeks ago.

Gibson Mahachi, who represents Sithole, told the Daily News they submitted their offer to Dynamos some two weeks ago but up to now they have not received a response from the Harare giants.

Meanwhile, both players Sithole and Mutuma have been linked with a move to Bulawayo side How Mine.

The gold miners have been on a massive recruitment drive and have already snapped up former Dynamos midfielder Tawanda Muparati and ex-CAPS United captain Tapiwa Kumbuyani.

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