DeMbare fans push for Muzadzi's exit

HARARE - Dynamos president Kenni Mubaiwa’s vehicle was stoned by restive fans who were demanding the immediate ouster of goalkeepers’ coach Gift “Umbro” Muzadzi after the Harare giants drew with Triangle on Saturday.

The fans allege Muzadzi is influencing a number of senior players to underperform in order to sabotage new Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva.

With yesterday’s draw, the Glamour Boys have only collected a single point from their opening to fixtures after last week’s 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Chicken Inn in their opening match of the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership season.

After the match, the restless DeMbare fans gathered outside the venue’s main gate and began singing songs denouncing Muzadzi.

They also attacked Mubaiwa’s car as he made his way out of the venue before police details stepped in to calm the situation.

At least one supporter was picked up by the police for the attack on the club’s president’s SUV.

Mubaiwa was visibly shaken by the incident and hinted to the Daily News on Sunday last night that the club might be forced to part ways with Muzadzi.  

“We are trying by all means possible to bring the glamour days back to our club and it’s very sad when you suddenly become the target; I was really upset with what happened today (yesterday),” Mubaiwa said.

“I have to thank the police for protecting me; I was faced with a serious war. They were outside holding stones and in the heat of the moment one of the boys stoned my car, hitting the plastic grill but I’m grateful to the police because they managed to apprehend the guy who initiated this chaos.”

“I think what came out of this is that these fans want to destroy Dynamos. If they had wanted to build the club; they should air their grievances with the supporters association, who will in turn hold discussion with us the executive and the board.”

Mubaiwa said Muzadzi’s fate now rests in Silva’s hands.

“As for the friction, the head coach has always complained about some members of the technical team,” he said.

“Under normal circumstances, the coach is allowed to bring in his backroom staff but we felt it would work well for the club if he was to get assistance from the local guys with a rich history about the club.

“If the coach says he wants so and so out then we don’t have a choice but to play ball because at the end of the day he will be the one to blame if the results don’t come our way.

“It happened between (Kalisto) Pasuwa and (Tonderai) Ndiraya where the head coach complained about his assistant and we had to part ways with him on the instruction of the head coach, so such a scenario may repeat itself again if the current coach is not happy with any of his subordinates.”

Speaking after the match which his side completely dominated, Silva was disappointed his side had failed to utilise the chances which came their way.

The Portuguese also pointed to the conspiracy theory that there are third parties sabotaging his project.

“We could have scored more than 10 goals but we’re missing a bit of luck. I’m not happy with the result but I’m happy with my players ...”, Silva said.

“Everyone is under pressure at a big institute like Dynamos. If you ask me if I’m happy I will tell you that I’m not happy because something happened that I don’t like.

“I know these players they can play 10 times better than the way they played but something is not right yet but I think we need to sort out this next week and this is the problem for me and the board to talk about, we know what the problem is everyone knows about it and we need to fix this.”

Triangle coach David Mandigora was pleased with the result as his team has so far collected four points from two games and are yet to concede.

“For us a point away from home is good, the boys tried their best. They played well although we didn’t create many scoring chances but they were instances where we controlled the game,” he said.

“We came here looking for three points but I think a draw is a fair result, considering the way we played.”

Comments (1)

Executive and the technical team must sit and sort out this messy b4 itst too late.1 point after two games is not gud enough for a club like Dynamos.

Nyikadzino Abias - 12 April 2016

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