Dynamos chairman Farai Munetsi says a new coach could be in place by Wednesday following the departure of Elvis Chiweshe from the Harare giants on Tuesday, with former player and Kiglon mentor Lloyd Mutasa emerging as the front runner.
Chiweshe tendered his resignation to Dynamos yesterday and Munetsi, philosophical with words, said the former Eagles midfielder had taken a sabbatical and would be redeployed to the team’s structures to tap into his vast experience.
Munetsi said last night: “Dynamos is a national, multicultural and diverse institution with seven million supporters all with different backgrounds. As such, in any diverse situation, you will find a conflict.
“It is unfortunate that our coach, Elvis, has resigned on his own volition and we have accepted his resignation. There is no acrimony between us and Chuchu. He has taken a sabbatical and we will redeploy him to where we can tap into his experience.
“We wish him a happy sabbatical and hopefully, when we establish our academy, him and people like David Mandigora will be there.
“He did very well, winning three trophies which all had good prize money and we finished joint winners with Motor Action as champions, according to the rule book.
“So as this (resignation) happened just now, we are going to deliberate on that and there might be a new coach in place tomorrow (Wednesday) evening.”
Chiweshe took over from David Mandigora on April 24 2009 and oversaw Dynamos finish in second position to Gunners, having finished second to Monomotapa the previous season.
Mutasa has been heavily tipped to take over the hot seat and sources said last night: “Mutasa will take the top post. Chunga has extended his contract at Caps United so he is out.”
Dynamos won the Independence Trophy and the Zaoga Golden Jubilee Charity Shield, on both occasions beating Highlanders before defeating Caps United 3-2 to lift their third cup, the BancABC Sup8r.
But a 1-0 loss to Kiglon in the run-in to the league championship put paid to their hopes of finally lifting the league title after a three-year drought, leaving Motor Action to claim their maiden title.
Chiweshe led Dynamos in the Champions League to the group stages where they lost to eventual African champions TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo (twice), Esperance of Tunisia and Entente Setif of Algeria. Their only win came at home against the Algerians and in the six games they played, they scored just twice.
Chiweshe, who remains the club’s director for development, had several run-ins with the club’s volatile supporters who were demanding nothing other than three points from each game.
Dynamos’ problems are far from over as they have to beat the Confederation of African Football (Caf) deadline on Friday for the registration of players for the 2011 edition of the Orange Champions League.
Several players want out of the club with hardworking midfielder Ashley Rambanepasi still holed up in Cyprus where he is on trials while Benjamin Marere’s contract expires on Friday and he has made it known he is looking for greener pastures.
Striker Dylan Chivandire is headed for Botswana’s Gaborone United. Goalkeeper Washington Arubi was on a one-year loan from relegated Bulawayo side Bantu Rovers and would have to negotiate his stay with the Harare giants.
Highlanders defender Zephaniah Ngodzo has also indicated he would move either to South Africa or Botswana instead of signing for a local team if he leaves the Bulawayo giants, while Hwange attacking midfielder Farai Vimisayi’s availability is also in question.
In all this, Dynamos secretary Oliver Manyau put up a brave face in an earlier interview.
“We are working on the issue of players and we will beat the deadline.”