Dynamos: A crumbling empire?

HARARE - When the 2015 Zimbabwean football season begins, just three players who were part of all four successive league titles under Calisto Pasuwa will still be with Dynamos. 

New coach David Mandigora has a great task ahead of him. He inherits from the revered Pasuwa a new look squad – with Augustine Mbara, Milton Makopa and Tichaona Mabvura the only remaining players who were part of the golden generation between 2011 and 2014.  

Mbara, though, is the only one who has enjoyed a consistent run of games in those years – initially featuring at left-back and central defence in more recent times. 

Makopa was kept out by injury late into the 2013 season and only started getting some game time in the later stages of last season, while Mabvura was reduced to cameo roles over the four years he has been with the club.

And up until now, Tawanda Muparati, Devon Chafa, Thomas Magorimbo and Murape Murape had been the other four championship winners – but have all recently left the club, Murape through forced retirement, and the others for greener pastures. 

New coach Mandigora returns to the Glamour Boys for a second spell, having guided the Harare giants to their first league title in a decade back in 2007.

The big question is how does Mandigora possibly improve on a team that has won four straight titles and several trophies in the past four years in the wake of limited resources and the departure of the core of the era of dominance?

Dynamos fans will definitely be expecting more of the same in the seasons to come.

The reduction of the sponsorship budget by BancABC has been the major reason for the player exodus at the club.

As a result, the team’s executive has been forced to make adjustments on their expenditure on the transfer market.

This has created a distance between what the defending champions are prepared to pay and what the players are asking for in order to renew their contracts.

Fellow Castle Premiership clubs have taken advantage of that, and signed the players.

Midfielders Devon Chafa and Tawanda Muparati signed for How Mine in the pre-season transfer window while Thomas Magorimbo has also recently joined ZPC Kariba.

Defender Themba Ndlovu, who joined DeMbare last year from Buffaloes and had developed into a key member of the team, joined ambitious Harare City.

Striker Washington Pakamisa, who has two league title medals with DeMbare, has reportedly joined Mozambican side Liga Muculmana. 

There is also a possibility that Dynamos could lose more key players. The likes of Russell Madamombe, Simba Sithole, Tafadzwa Rusike and Roderick Mutuma are all out of contract at the Glamour Boys and their future at the club looks uncertain.   

This scenario has further complicated things for Mandigora and his team. This is in direct contrast with Pasuwa’s era. Every time Pasuwa lost a key player the club was quick to replace with a player of the same quality.  

For instance, when goalkeeper Washington Arubi left for University of Pretoria during the mid-season of 2012, he was quickly replaced with George Chigova, who went on to become an integral part of the club.

The same thing can be said of Cuthbert Malajila, Takesure Chinyama and Denver Mukamba, who all went to South Africa but were replaced by equally competent players. 

When defender Partson Jaure also left for South Africa last year, the team had already unearthed a replacement from him in the form of Themba Ndlovu.

As things stands, there is a lot of uncertainty in the team and given the current crop of players in his ranks, Mandigora is likely to build his squad around players who might not be necessarily the best.    

Of course, Mandigora still have players like Ocean Mushure, Cliff Sekete and Farai Mupasiri who have won three titles with the team in the past four years, but the truth is there were not consistent.

Then there is still defender Sydney Linyama and midfielder Stephen Alimenda who have two titles under their belt and several others who have won a single title each.

Will they deliver the goods for Mandigora?

Time will only tell how successful Mandigora’s time at the record 21-time Zimbabwean champions will be but there is no doubt that it is a big change for both players and coach.

One can simply not doubt Mandigora’s achievements and his yearning for success. During his first tenure, besides winning the title, Mandigora led the Glamour Boys to the African Champions League semi-finals in 2008 – a proven winner you can bet against at your own peril.

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