MANONDO FOR DEMBARE?
7 December 2017
DYNAMOS look set to snatch striker William Manondo, taking advantage of relegated Harare City who are set to release a number of players.
Manondo’s contract is already coming to an end, but had City survived relegation, he was set to renew.
Yesterday DeMbare coach Lloyd Mutasa was not giving in much on the Chibuku Super Cup top scorer but admitted anything is possible.
With striker Christian Ntouba Epoupa expected to move, Mutasa is convinced that the departure of a superstar must give birth to another hero.
“You never really know with the transfer window. Nothing is certain. Just like when Christian arrived, he was not well known. But with time, as he settled, he then showed he is a good player.
“I wouldn’t want to take anything away from him. He is a great player. But if he finally moves, it gives room for another star to rise. The only difference will be that it will take time for another new player to settle,” said Mutasa.
Asked on the possibility of signing Manondo, Mutasa said: “We still have to consider a number of things.
But no doubt he is a good player.”
Although Dynamos are finding it difficult to renew contracts of some of the players they already have, sources close to the coach says he will approach Manondo.
“Coach Mutasa knows Manondo well having worked with him at Kiglon and he was one of the few players that did not join DeMbare in 2011. This was the time when the likes of Denver Mukamba, Gift Bello, Thomas Magorimbo, Martin Vengesayi and Devon Chafa, all joined the project. He was still very young then but showing a lot of potential,” said the source.
This week Manondo said he needed to respect his club Harare City by getting into a meeting with them and hear what they have to say before planning the next move. “It is then that I can make up my mind,” the striker said.
Last season Mutasa was forced to conduct trials for players but he defied odds, managing to fight for the title upto the last day of action. FC Platinum, who were two points better, were crowned champions.
Now chances are, apart from Ntouba, DeMbare could still fail to retain some of the players they already have.
Mutasa is keeping his fingers crossed that the team remains intact.
“For a team to play better, you must be together for the three to four years. So it is important that we remain intact. New players will always take time to settle and that is not good for the team,” Mutasa said.