HARARE - Dynamos will hope the new year brings about a change in fortune as they seek to put behind them a disappointing 2015 in which the former champions failed to win any major silverware.
The Glamour Boys saw their four-year dominance on the Castle Premiership title ended by Chicken Inn, with the former champions only settling for second place on the final standings.
The Harare giants, who swept to glory in most of the cup competitions they took part in during their four-year dominance, also found themselves with nothing to show in their trophy cabinet after losing out to Harare City in the Chibuku Super Cup final.
DeMbare were also knocked out of the NetOne Easycall Cup by Bulawayo giants and bitter rivals Highlanders in the semi-finals to leave them with an empty season.
It is on the backdrop of this indifferent year that club president Kenny Mubaiwa feels they need to do more in 2016 to reclaim their position as the number one in the country.
“I think we were too relaxed. But such things are expected in football, you can’t win everything at all times,” Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.
“Again, if you look at the just ended season, there were few major titles on offer that is the League, Chibuku Super and Easycall Cups.
“Of which the most encouraging thing is that we finished second on the log table, losing in the final of Chibuku and exited the Easycall in the semi-finals. So I don’t think we were not that bad after all.
“But, of course, Dynamos is a big club and we should have at least won something. So we are saying in 2016 we will be fighting for everything on offer. We want to reclaim our position as the champions on the domestic front.
“A lot of things contributed to our poor form. For instance, when we changed coaches midway through. Things did not turn out the way we have wanted but we are expecting 2016 to be a different year.
“We do not want to have a repeat of last season. We don’t want to hire and fire coaches so we are giving (Tonderai) Ndiraya time to assemble a competitive side that can fight for honours in the upcoming season. We want to win everything in 2016.”
While DeMbare are eager to fight for honours in the upcoming season they are also in a desperate bid to retain their best players during this transfer period and have already lost their talisman Ronald Chitiyo and defender Blessing who have since joined Harare City.
Goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi has indicated he will be leaving the Glamour Boys while midfield hardman Stephen Alimenda is being linked with a move to newboys Mutare City.
The Glamour Boys have thus far only signed Triangle midfielder Tichaona Chipunza who is coming in as a free agent and the club’s secretary-general Webster Chikengezha insists more players are on their way.
“We want to find out first those who wants to go and see who is not going,” Chikengezha said.
“We don’t stand in players’ way in as much as we want to keep our best players. So we are waiting for a response from the technical staff to brief us on those who want to leave.
“We are not worried on what is happening on the transfer because we have our own strategy and I am convinced we will be able to bring in good players that can take the club far. We have managed to bring in Chipunza from Triangle so far and depending on the coaches more could follow.”