Chitiyo considers DeMbare return

HARARE - Ronald Chitiyo has opened the door for a possible return to Dynamos if his club Harare City does not renew his contract which expires at the end of this month.

Star playmaker Raphael Manuvire is also yet to hear anything from the Sunshine Boys regarding a contract renewal as his deal runs out at the end of December.

Chitiyo, who spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Glamour Boys, joined the Sunshine Boys at the start of the just-ended season after signing a one-year contract.

The former Monomotapa midfielder had an indifferent season in which the municipality side struggled to reach the expectations which saw them finish a distant ninth.

The Sunshine Boys were also knocked out of the African Confederation Cup by Zambian side Zanaco in the first round.

Apart from Chitiyo and Manuvire, City also signed Blessing Moyo, who eventually joined South Africa’s Absa Premiership side Maritzburg, but they however, found the going tough which cost Taurai Mangwiro his job midway through the season.

They roped in Moses Chunga to replace Mangwiro but the former Dynamos star midfielder also struggled to get the best out of the squad and his contract was not renewed as well.

Next season, Mkhuphali Masuku will be in charge of the side being assisted by Mike Madzivanyika. 

“It is true, my contract is coming to an end at the end of the season so I’m just waiting to hear from Harare City on whether I will renew my contract,” Chitiyo told the Daily News yesterday.

“I have not made any decision yet regarding my future and if it means City are no longer interested in me, I’m prepared to move on to any team that is willing to acquire my services including Dynamos.

“I have fond memories during my time at Dynamos and in football you never know anything is possible. I think I will be able to know about my future at the start of the year.”

Chitiyo said he wants to work hard next year so that he can improve his game after a rather average season by his standards.

“I think I had a good season with Harare City although it was not one of the best,” he said.

“As a player, you always want to improve and I’m looking forward to working hard next season.”

Meanwhile, Manuvire, who was signed from ZPC Kariba, is also yet to hear anything from the Sunshine Boys regarding a possible renewal.

“There is a new coach at the club and I’m yet to find out if I will be in his plans for next season,” Manuvire said.

“The club is also yet to offer me a new deal so I will be just waiting to hear what they will propose before I commit to anything.”  

A number of other Sunshine Boys senior players are also in a similar boat to Chitiyo and Manuvire.

City, who have been heavy spenders on the transfer market in recent seasons, are likely to find it hard to lure quality players and renew contracts of some of their current squad for next season.

Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni is concerned the club is getting a huge share of the city’s budget and wants to cut down on costs.

Some councillors have also suggested Town House must cut off financial support to the Sunshine Boys and channel the resources towards service delivery. 

Efforts to get a comment from Sunshine Boys chairman Alois Masepe and secretary Matthew Marara were fruitless as they were not picking up their phones.

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