Zhokinyi close to DeMbare return

HARARE - Harare giants Dynamos are closing in on resigning defender Guthrie Zhokinyi as they seek to boost their squad ahead of the second half of the season.

Zhokinyi, who was slapped with a life ban over the Asiagate match-fixing scandal more two years ago, has been training with the Glamour Boys lately and appears to have convinced the team’s technical team to give him a new lease of life.

While DeMbare’s technical team is coy about the defender’s future at the team sources close to the deal told the Daily News yesterday that “it’s almost a done deal.”

“He is definitely coming unless something dramatic happens. The technical team have already recommended that they want him. If all things go well a deal could be signed next week after weekend’s friendly match,” said the source.

Dynamos are desperate to strengthen their defence which has let in 12 goals in 16 league matches thus far.

Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa said: “We are guided by the technical team’s recommendations. If they want him (Zhokinyi), no problem.

“I understand they want one or two more players but I don’t have the names with me. Maybe if you can get hold of (Webster) Chikengezha he might have more information.”

Already the Glamour Boys have boosted their attack by adding former strikers Takesure Chinyama and Roderick Mutuma while roping in Richard Kawondera from Triangle.

Mutuma dumped the reigning champions at the start of the season and joined rivals CAPS United but has returned to Dynamos before the end of his two-year contract.

Chinyama was a free agent after leaving South Africa and has been training with DeMbare.

The Glamour Boys, who are bidding for a fifth straight title, have also signed Zifa Northern Region Division One’s reigning Soccer Star of the Year, Zivanai Mhanda.

Mhanda trained with the Glamour Boys during the pre-season but returned to his club Mushowani Stars following a deadlock between the two parties.

The Glamour Boys are also assessing defender Victor Kamhuka.

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