DeMbare retain Mutasa

HARARE - Dynamos have retained the services of coach Lloyd Mutasa, despite a number of stakeholders feeling he would not be up to the task.

Mutasa’s stock had hit rock bottom following a lukewarm season which saw the Harare giants finish the season in a distant fifth place.

The Dynamos executive met at yesterday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and club president Kenni Mubaiwa insisted that Mutasa, was not a spent force yet.

“We sat down as an executive and decided that for the time being let coach Mutasa carry on for continuity’s sake,” Mubaiwa said.

“We will give him a performance-based contract and the first five matches of the season will be crucial for him in whether we keep him. So he must bring results. He knows exactly what we are talking about and he must make sure he gives us better results including tournaments like the Bob Super Cup. If he fails in the first five matches he is likely to go because look, we have failed in two successive seasons and this time we want results.”

Despite the demands, it was not immediately clear if funds would be availed to allow the former FC Platinum coach to strengthen his squad for the new season.

The side is presently battling to retain some of their best players whose contracts expired at the end of 2016.

They have already lost defender Godknows Murwira and midfielder Dominic Mukandi, who have joined Ngezi Platinum Stars.

Midfielder Brett Amidu has already joined FC Platinum.

Goalkeeper Tatenda Mkuruva, who is in Gabon with the national team, is also out of contract and could be on his way out.

Mubaiwa, however, put on a brave face apparently banking on Dynamos’ rich history which has lured rising youngsters in recent years.

“We will meet the technical team on Tuesday (tomorrow). We have got a lot of players who are willing to join us,” Mubaiwa said.

“…we are definitely going to look for possible replacements. There is going to be a lot of surprises. As Dynamos we are known for grooming players. You look at a player like (Brett) Amidu he was going to be one of the best players but it’s a pity that he has lost that opportunity because he chose to leave us.”

The club has also tasked Mutasa to pick his own backroom staff of the new season.

Meanwhile, Dynamos board secretary Mthokozisi Nkosi (formerly Kasiyazi) took a swipe at Ernest Kamba and his colleagues for trying to stop yesterday’s meeting.

Kamba and a number of former players had approached the High Court seeking to have the meeting stopped but Justice Priscilla Chigumba threw out the application.

“I think the clear message that came out which the stakeholders would like to know is that Dynamos is owned by these group of people who attended this meeting, these are the people who formulate policy so our stakeholders should not get confused,” Nkosi said.

“Those guys we can only encourage them to come and watch Dynamos play if they have ideas they can bring them in through the appropriate channel.”

Nkosi said the club will also not be offering any of their yesteryear heroes free entrance into club matches adding the club needs their money for the players’ welfare.

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