3 January 2016
DYNAMOS could be taking steps backwards in their bid to retain the league championship after two of their players were named in the Ngezi Platinum CAF squad.
Dominic Mukandi and Godknows Murwira have officially moved to join former coach Tonderai Ndiraya in their bid to mount a strong CAF Confederation Cup campaign.
DeMbare could lose goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva as well to the same rivals or a foreign club soon after AFCON in Gabon.
Another senior player Masimba Mambare has been linked with a move away while midfielder Bret Amidu is believed to have agreed terms with FC Platinum.
That could bring the number to five while others who are free agents could still desert the former champions.
Ngezi coach Tonderai Ndiraya said they are still looking for a goalkeeper and striker for late registration but ruled out a move for Mukuruva and Mambare.
“We still want a striker and goalkeeper but we are not after Mukuruva and Mambare,” he said.
The 27 players registered by Ngezi Platinum before December 31 also included Qadr Amini, Edgar Mhungu, Xilisani Moyo and Mclive Phiri.
While Ngezi Platinum now have what looks like a formidable team on paper, the same cannot be said about DeMbare who could again find the going tough in the domestic league.
Apart from the financial woes, DeMbare have also had to grapple with a lot of uncertainty on who will be coach for the 2017 season.
For that reason, the players do not have someone who can really persuade them to stay despite lack of resources to renew players’ contracts and pay sign on fees.
Dynamos situation is made difficult by the fact that most of the best emerging talent have also been taken up by their rivals and academies.
Harare City academy and Mufakose United, in division one, have some of the best young players from around Harare. Friendly Academy, Bantu Rovers and Aces Youth Academy have also been leaving no stone unturned.
FC Platinum’s recruitment also shifted over the years from just established players to those with potential that they can put into their division one team.