Enter, Ronald Chitiyo

HARARE - Dynamos underwent a transformation during this current transfer window.

The club did not see a major roster overhaul. But the departure of some players, who were part of the club’s four successive league titles under former coach Calisto Pasuwa, shook the club up in a way that even more than a dozen departing players couldn’t have.

Roderick Mutuma, Tawanda Muparati, Thomas Magorimbo, Murape Murape and Devon Chafa were the defining figures of the Glamour Boys squad such that when they left, there was a sense of panic among some DeMbare fans that the club was in disarray.

Mandigora inherited from the revered Pasuwa a new-look squad with few players who were part of the golden generation between 2011 and 2014 remaining.  

He took over a team with some serious question marks and an unhappy fanbase. After spending some time trying to mend fences with disgruntled supporters, Mandigora eventually went to work on rebuilding the Glamour Boys into his team.

When Dynamos lost to CAPS United in the Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Challenge Cup two weeks ago with Mutuma grabbing all the headlines, a lot of people painted a gloomy picture of the reigning champions.

And that Mutuma went on to lead the Green Machine, the following weekend in the Bob 91 Super play-off against Highlanders where he was on target, did not help matters.

But then, enter Ronald Chitiyo.  

Chitiyo spent the 2014 season on the books of the Glamour Boys after signing a one-year contract upon his arrival from the now defunct Monomotapa.

The midfielder helped the Glamour Boys win their 21st league title but decided against renewing his contract after attracting the attention of South Africa National First Division side Royal Eagles.

But after some complications arose for the diminutive midfielder to join Royal Eagles during the January transfer window, the former Monomotapa man decided to continue with DeMbare at least until he revives his prospects.

Chitiyo featured for Dynamos for the first time under Mandigora at the weekend and he was handed the man-of-the-match award for a captivating performance in the midfield giving the Glamour Boys’ fans hope after all.

He illuminated the afternoon with his dribbling skills causing all sorts of problems for the Green Machine before scoring a beauty which ensured the Glamour Boys retained the Bob Super Cup with a 1-0 win.

His tireless work ethic and a willingness to chase almost every ball is the hallmark of his play and the midfielder now wants to complete this season at DeMbare.

“I have missed playing for Dynamos,” Chitiyo told the Daily News after guiding Dynamos to the Bob 91 Super Cup against CAPS United.

“I am happy to meet the Dynamos fans again.

“It’s always a great feeling playing for DeMbare. I am now looking forward to the new season. If all goes well I would love to spend the whole season here.

“I hope we will be able to improve from last season.”

Mandigora was full of praise for Chitiyo and feels the former Monomotapa midfielder will be an asset to his side in their quest for a fifth straight league title.

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