Lloyd Mutasa is the new Dynamos coach.
Dynamos secretary Oliver Manyau confirmed on Wednesday night the former Kiglon coach has taken over the reins from Elvis Chiweshe on a “long term” contract and his immediate task is to restore the glory to the Glamour Boys and bring back the 2011 Premier Soccer League title.
Mutasa takes over the hot seat at a time when Dynamos will be participating in the Caf Orange Champions League next season but, according to Manyau, he will not be under pressure to bring the continental title to Zimbabwe next year.
He will be assisted by his usual crew of Callisto Pasuwa and Masimba Dinyero while Tichaona Diya remains the goalkeepers’ coach. Richard Chihoro is the new team manager replacing Nyika Chifamba, who has been elected to the executive in place of David Mandigora who is now based in Mozambique.
Said Manyau Wednesday night:
“We can formally announce that Lloyd Mutasa is now the substantive coach. He takes over on a long term contract whose details shall be released in due course. His immediate task is to bring back the coveted local Premiership title to Dynamos and improve on our rankings in Africa.
We dropped from sixth to ninth within 12 months and we want to improve on that. We have short, medium and long term plans that coincide with our 50th anniversary in 2013. We want to be in the top five by the time of the anniversary, win the Champions League or at least reach the final. So, we are not putting pressure on Mutasa to bring the Champions League next season.”
Chiweshe tendered his resignation to Dynamos on Tuesday and chairman Farai Munetsi accepted it.
Munetsi said the former Eagles midfielder had taken a sabbatical and would be redeployed to the team’s structures to tap into his vast experience.
“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.”
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. 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.
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.