CAPS, Ngezi chase Mukandi

HARARE - Midfield enforcer Dominic Mukandi might be on his way out of Dynamos with CAPS United and Ngezi Platinum Stars ready to sign him for the 2017 season.

Mukandi’s contract with the Glamour Boys is coming to an end on December 31 and with DeMbare grappled with boardroom wrangles, negotiations for a renewal have not started.

Makepekepe and Ngezi are finalising their Africa Champions League and Confederation Cup squads respectively and have kept the midfielder on their radars fully knowing the paralysis which has struck DeMbare during this off season. 

CAPS United will be representing the country in the Champions League after they were crowned Castle Lager Premiership champions for the 2016 season while Chibuku Super Cup winners Ngezi Platinum Stars will do battle in the Confederations Cup.

Mukandi, who had a happy stint with the Green Machine before making a shock decision to join bitter rivals Dynamos at the beginning of the just ended season, is believed to be unhappy after he was limited to cameo roles throughout the 2016 campaign.

The Daily News is reliably informed that the two clubs have approached the player’s handlers to begin negotiations for a possible switch.

“There are offers for Mukandi and while he willing to continue at Dynamos it is going to be difficult because DeMbare are quite on a possible contract extension,” source close to the club revealed.

“CAPS United and Ngezi are both interested but nothing concrete has come up but if you can check with me later this week there is definitely going to be some progress. Ngezi and CAPS have Caf deadlines to meet and they want tie down their targets as soon as possible.”

United and Madamburo have until December 31 to register their squads for both competitions. 

Dynamos no doubt face a mammoth task to retain most of their star players for next season.

Matters have been made worse for the Harare giants as they are currently involved in a nasty boardroom wrangle.

Former Dynamos player Ernst Kamba was at the weekend appointed the interim board chairman at an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to succeed Bernard Marriot.

Kamba’s board which includes George Shaya, Graciano Kapfunde, Sam Komondo, Simon Sachiti, Joseph Tsuro, Peter Huni, Isdore Sagwete and David Phiri will be in the office for the next 40 days as they organise for elections.

This situation has complicated things at the Glamour Boys as this has left the executive led by Kenni Mubaiwa isolated.

Dynamos, whose sponsorship deal with BancABC is set to expire at the year, are in a battle to retain some of their best players whose contracts expire on December 31.

Such players like Tatenda Mkuruva and Ocean Mushure among others will be free agents at year end.

Godknows Murwira is the only senior player who has agreed to renew his contract with the club. 

Meanwhile, another Dynamos midfielder Brett Amidu is nearing his exit with his manager George Deda saying negotiations with suitors are at an advanced stage.

“What we are doing is normal in football circles,” Deda said. “Dynamos has given Amidu platform to shine but at the same time they know his contract is coming to an end and yet they are quite.

“As the management of the player we feel they are no longer interested. We would have loved him to continue at Dynamos but it is difficult now.”

Deda said they have also been approached by South African clubs Baroka FC and Polokwane on the availability of Amidu although nothing has been put on the table yet.

“Baroka and Polokwane have inquired yes, but there is nothing much to talk about apart from that. Concrete offers have come from CAPS and FC Platinum and this week negotiations are going ahead,” he said.

“We are not rushing though. It’s not about the money but we are looking at which team that can take him to the next level. He is still young and needs proper environment to improve his game.”

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