Ndiraya charms DeMbare bosses

HARARE - Tonderai Ndiraya could have done enough to convince the Dynamos bosses to offer him a permanent job after leading the Glamour Boys into the Chibuku Super Cup final at the weekend.

Ndiraya was appointed on an interim basis following David Mandigora’s sacking in July and has made an instant impact at the Harare giants.

The former DeMbare midfielder has won five, lost one and drawn once in the seven Castle Lager Premiership matches he has taken charge of.

On Sunday, Ndiraya ensured the Glamour Boys’ hopes of a league and cup double remain alive with a 1-0 win over Chapungu in the Chibuku Super Cup semi-final at Mandava Stadium.

DeMbare will now meet the tournament’s high-scoring Harare City in the final set for October 31.

The Glamour Boys’ impressive run under Ndiraya has not gone unnoticed with club secretary-general Webster Chikengezha saying: “His achievements will contribute to the decision that we are going to make at the end of the season. So far, his results have been impressive,” Chikengezha told the Daily News yesterday.

“Winning the league was one of our priorities when the season started. The target of winning the title was given to Mandigora (David) and Ndiraya was only asked to finish at a respectable position.

“So we are definitely going to evaluate his contributions at the end of the season. But looking at his results thus far, he has done extremely well.

“Our title hopes have been resurrected and we are also in the Chibuku Super Cup final which is good for the team.

“But we are not putting him under pressure in any way whatsoever. We will only talk of a contract when the season ends but so far he has done well and everyone is impressed.”

After guiding his side into the Chibuku Super Cup final, Ndiraya feels he is the right man for the job and would love to continue in the DeMbare hot seat.

“I think I am good enough for the job. What is left is probably winning the league. But I wouldn’t want to talk much about myself because I believe the players have worked hard to reach where we are today and they deserve all the credit,” said Ndiraya.

On the possibility of winning both the league and the Chibuku Super Cup, Ndiraya said: “We are chasing the league and cup double but it is in this cup where we have real chances. In the league, we will have to rely on other teams.

“We are now in the final and we have enhanced our chances of winning the cup and we really want the cup.

“We are going to double our efforts and ensure we win the cup that is definitely the target. I also feel the final will be in Harare where we are assured of the backing of our fans.”

 

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