Highlanders’ secretary Andrew Tapela has vowed that Highlanders will not loan their defender Zephania Ngodzo to Harare giants Dynamos under whatever circumstances.
Tapela’s statement comes on the heels of reports from some sections of the media that the Harare giants had secured the services of Black Mambas goalkeeper Willard Manyatera, Ngodzo and Caps United midfielder Stephen Alimenda for their Caf Champions’ league campaign on Sunday after seven of their players were slapped with suspensions.
Dynamos are scheduled to leave today for their Champions League tie against defending champions TP Mazembe of the DRC on Sunday.
Dynamos secretary, Oliver Manyau is quoted confirming the release of the three players from their respective clubs.
“This is desperation. Zeph is a Highlanders player.
There is no way in the world that we can lend Zeph to Dynamos, what for? There is nothing like that. They know what they are supposed to do and we have not received anything from them. There is no way we are going to entertain this. It’s unheard of,” Tapela said.
Ngodzo, who said he was preparing for training ahead of the league tie against Douglas Warriors on Sunday at Barbourfields Stadium was taken aback and said he was not aware of that development.
“I am not aware of this, maybe I am yet to be told. We are just about to start training. Maybe after I have met with the club officials, that’s when I will know, but for now I don’t know anything,” Ngodzo said.
Manyau was not reachable for comment yesterday, but interestingly, Dynamos manager Nyika Chifamba contradicted The Glamour Boys’ spokesperson and said there was never a request for Ngodzo and Alimenda but only for their former goalkeeper Manyatera.
Nyika said as manager, such requests were made to him by the technical team and he would forward them to Manyau to make formal requests to the targeted clubs in writing.
“I cannot confirm on Zeph and Alimenda. The coaches never requested for them. If the coaches want a player, they ask the manager who in turn asks the secretary general to write letters to the clubs. Otherwise the whole thing would just be unethical. We do not want to tarnish our relationships with these clubs. As for Willard, I can confirm that the coaches want him and we have approached Mambas but we are still waiting to hear from them,” Chifamba said.
Dynamos will miss the services of goalkeeper Washington Arubi, George Magariro, Brighton Tuwaya, Benjamin Marere, Hwange player Farayi Vimisayi and Ashley Rambanapasi for the do or die Sunday match.
Just before the kick off the Caf Champions League in December last year, Dynamos mischievously registered Ngodzo, Alimenda (formerly with Highlanders), Rambanapasi (ex-Caps United), Vimisayi and Arubi (ex-Bantu Rovers) for the continental showcase without their clubs’ consent.
Tensions are already running high between the two clubs. Last month, Highlanders and Dynamos were involved in a fractious BancABC Sup8r semi-final match which was abandoned twice due to penalty disputes.
The match was eventually awarded to Dynamos on a 3-0 scoreline and this decision means that even if Highlanders finish in the top eight, they will not participate in the 2011 edition, if it takes place at all.