Murape challenges under-performing stars

HARARE - Dynamos assistant coach Murape Murape has told his players to put their recent struggles behind them as they prepare to face Harare City in a Castle Premiership match today at Rufaro Stadium.

The Glamour Boys have failed to garner maximum points in their previous six matches, drawing five while losing to lowly Border Strikers, raising questions on their pedigree to mount a serious title challenge.

With the season set for home stretch, the Harare giants now find themselves trailing log leaders FC Platinum by 11 points with 11 matches left before the season comes to an end.

Dynamos technical team last weekend responded by dropping a number of senior players from the squad before settling for a 1-1 draw against Bulawayo City.

Most of those senior players were accused of showing up at training drunk and sabotaging the technical team’s efforts to mount a serious title challenge. 

Speaking to the Daily News on Sunday last week at the Glamour Boys’ training base, Murape said their stance on team selection will be guided by what the players show at training.

“In terms of our team selection; it’s not about the senior players or the junior players. Players who are selected to play are selected on merit,” Murape said.

“As coaches we are judged by results and whoever we choose we expect them to perform well and give us the required result. When we were getting the positive results we were using mostly young players.

“And like what the coach said those that are prepared to play for the team will be selected for the game against Harare City. Any coach would want players who are committed, who have discipline and who are ready to die for the cause of the team.”

The DeMbare legend, who won six league title with the Glamour Boys, believe the current generation lack the steel and character of yesteryear Dynamos sides.

“We have seen the commitment of some of the players, it’s not what we used to have when we don this jersey for Dynamos,” Murape said.

“Everyone has to work hard from the players; it’s not only the coaches. We need players with the mentality to win not those that are content with a draw. If you can have players who are not ready to work hard at training then we have a problem.”

Murape added: “When I used to be a player I would feel angry if the coach did not say: ‘Well done Murape’, after a training session.

“The following day I would run and chase after every ball in order to catch the eyes of the coach so that they would say those words to me after every training session. But it is no longer the case with some players these days.”

Murape said as the technical team they are not deterred by the recent dip in form of the team and are concentrating on the task at hand to turn around their stuttering campaign.

“We are focused to take Dynamos back to the team belongs. We have played for Dynamos before and we know the pressure that comes with this team. We will keep on fighting until the end of the season and see where we stand,” he said.

The last time the two teams met the Glamour Boys emerged 2-0 winners to hand Moses Chunga his second defeat since replacing Taurai Mangwiro.

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