Mutuma, Rusike in limbo

HARARE - Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa has revealed that contract negotiations with striker Roderick Mutuma and midfielder Tafadzwa Rusike are likely to yield nothing.

The Glamour Boys and the two players have been deadlocked in meetings with the players’ representative Edzai Kasinauyo since the start of the year.

The negotiations have, however, not reached any headway as the two parties are failing to agree on a suitable package.

Mubaiwa said they made their final offer to the two players, whose contracts ran out at the end of last season, but they have not accepted the terms.

“We tried to talk to them and they are refusing to accept our offer and there is nothing we can do as we cannot afford to meet their demands. I think there is no light at the end of the tunnel on Mutuma and Rusike deals,” Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.

“Maybe they will change but to tell you the truth we are not going to change our offer, as we can’t make any adjustments on budget this year.”

DeMbare have had their 2015 budget cut by their principal sponsor BancABC and have to implement austerity measures in order to survive. 

Efforts to get a comment from Mutuma and Rusike’s manager Edzai Kasinauyo proved fruitless by the time of going to press as his phone was not being answered.

Mutuma, who started pre-season training two weeks ago, has been linked with a big money move to How Mine.

Rusike on the other hand has been linked with a number of regional clubs from Angola and Mozambique.   

Meanwhile, the Glamour Boys have agreed terms with striker Simba Sithole and midfielder Russell Madamombe.

The duo were also out of contract but joined their teammates for pre-season training two weeks ago after there was headway in contract negations.   

“We are happy that we have agreed nearly everything with Sithole and Madamombe, it’s now a done deal,” Mubaiwa revealed.

The two players (Madamombe and Sithole)’s manager Gibson Mahachi told the Daily News that they have agreed the amount of money and what is left is only payment plan for his players to sign.

“We have agreed with Dynamos almost everything but we need to finalize on the payment plan for the players to sign their contracts and I think everything will be concluded soon,” Mahachi said.

New coach David Mandigora will likely to face a huge task in his bid to help the Harare giants to win fifth consecutive league title as most of the senior players who were instrumental under Calisto Pasuwa.

The record Zimbabwe champions have already released Tawanda Muparati, Devon  Chafa, Murape Murape and Thomas Magorimbo, who were the core of the club for the past four years.

Former Monomotapa midfielder Ronald Chitiyo, who was also instrumental in their last season league campaign, left the club to join South African First Division side Royal Leopards.

With the departure of these seniors players Dynamos reacted by signing,  CAPS United forwards Kelvin Bulaji and Dominic Chungwa, Shabanie Mine full back Godknows Murwira and ZPC Kariba goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga.

The Glamour Boys also recalled defender Nigel Gandare and midfielder Carlos Rusere from loans spells at ZRP FC and DC academy respectively.

Comments (1)

Mr Reporter (Blessings Mashaya), the team that Ronald Chitiyo joined is called 'Royal Eagles' not 'Royal Leopards' as mentioned in ur article.

The Translator - 11 February 2015

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