No joy for Ntouba

HARARE - Dynamos secretary-general Webster Marechera yesterday hinted that the team's top marksman Christian Ntouba could be out for long as the club is currently in a dire financial situation and struggling to raise money to pay his outstanding dues.

Ntouba has gone on industrial action and was not available for DeMbare’s 1-0 defeat to Chicken Inn last weekend in their Castle Lager Premiership season opener, in an attempt to try and force the club to settle the debt.

The Cameroonian striker, who joined the Glamour Boys at the start of last year and went on to finish the season as the team’s top goal-scorer with 12 goals, is owed over $15 000 in signing on fees, allowances and part of his salaries dating back to last year.

But speaking to the Daily News yesterday Marechera appeared less concerned on the matter as he chose to go on the offensive saying “the club do not have money at the moment to pay not only Ntouba but other players as well.”

This is, however, despite the fact that Dynamos received a sponsorship package from mobile telecommunications giant NetOne earlier this year, which was meant to cater for the players’ salaries for the whole year as well as help in signing on fees.

“The club has no money at the moment and there is nothing we can do,” Marechera said to the Daily News yesterday.

“It’s a situation which is beyond our control. In fact, it’s not only Ntouba who is owed. There are other players who are also owed but they are playing so I don’t know why he refused to play.

“Maybe he (Ntouba) wants to wait until he gets his money.  

“We are currently running around to raise the money but the truth of the matter is that at the moment the club does not have money. It’s very unfortunate we are in this situation but we hope everything will be normal soon.” 

Meanwhile, Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa believes his side probably needed the “wake-up call” of losing to Chicken Inn in their opener to show them the effort that is required to fight for the 2018 Castle Lager Premiership title.

The Glamour Boys saw their campaign get off to a false start following a 1-0 defeat away to Chicken Inn courtesy of a solitary second half strike by experienced forward Obadiah Tarumbwa.

The defeat came hard on the back of an impressive pre-season which made many tip Mutasa’s charges as strong contenders for this year’s championship. 

The Glamour Boys particularly impressed during the off season especially in the ZNA Commander Charity Shield in which they beat giants CAPS United and Highlanders 1-0 and 2-1 respectively en-route to lifting the trophy.

But following the league defeat, Mutasa felt it was probably an eye-opener to his charges in their pursuit of the league title.

“We just started badly,” Mutasa told the Daily News.

“Maybe we needed as a group a little wake-up call and say ‘look, we need to give 150 percent this year and not 100 percent’. There is need for us to work hard if we are to improve from out last year’s performance.

“We have always maintained that we want to improve from our previous position and for us to do that we need to finish at the top because we came second last season.

“It was not the kind of start we have wanted and what is important now is to quickly forget about that game.

“The important thing for now is to look forward and prepare well for our next match’’.

Dynamos host Shabanie Mine in their next league match at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday hoping to collect maximum points and put their campaign back on track.

Fixtures:

Saturday: Mutare City v Chapungu (National Sports Stadium, 1pm), Black Rhinos v ZPC Kariba (National Sports Stadium), Harare City v Bulawayo City (Rufaro Stadium), FC Platinum v Yadah (Mandava Stadium), Nichrut v Chicken Inn (Ascot Stadium)

Sunday: Herentals v Highlanders (National Sports Stadium), Triangle United v Ngezi Platinum (Gibbo Stadium), Dynamos v Shabanie Mine (Rufaro Stadium), Bulawayo Chiefs v CAPS United (Luveve Stadium)

Comments (2)

It`s so sad , the people`s team , DYNAMOS , is in wrong hands and as long as things don`t change , DEMBARE will not live to its full potential .

Israel - 21 March 2018

It`s so sad , the people`s team , DYNAMOS , is in wrong hands and as long as things don`t change , DEMBARE will not live to its full potential .

Israel - 21 March 2018

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