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New Year’s Eve and New Year outing


Newly appointed Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa says he feels honoured to be appointed coach of the Harare soccer giants and would try to reward the club for showing faith in his abilities.

Mutasa, a Dynamos legend as a player who was part of the class of 1998 that reached the final of the African Champions League for the first time, was appointed Dynamos coach on Wednesday following the abrupt resignation of Elvis Chiweshe early this week.

And the former Kiglon coach expressed delight to be given the opportunity to coach his former team.

“I really feel honoured to be appointed Dynamos coach. I would like to thank all the stakeholders for showing faith in my abilities and I hope I will be able to reward them for showing confidence in me.”

Mutasa said he had already made a contribution in the selection of the squad that will take part in the African Champions League but said they had retained the majority of the players who took part in the continental campaign last year.

“Obviously as a member of the technical department I have contributed in the selection of the team that will take part in the African Champions League.

“We need experienced players for a campaign like the African Champions League that is why we have retained the majority of the players who took part in that campaign last year.

“We have added a few players but I am happy with squad that we have come up with.

“We were the first batch of Dynamos players to reach the final and it is my wish as coach to go as far as the final in this campaign,” said Mutasa.

On the domestic scene, Mutasa said he would try to please the DeMbare fans following another heartbreak when they were beaten to the title by Motor Action in a very close race in which they lost because of an inferior goal difference.

The Dynamos executive was yesterday reported to be negotiating with the Zimbabwe Prison Services where Mutasa is employed for them to have him on at least a three-year contract.

Mutasa was linked with a return to Dynamos back in February as they sought to beef up their technical team but he opted to join Chitungwiza-based outfit Kiglon, whom he saved from relegation.

He has also coached Sporting Lions, Highway and Flame Lilly but this is his biggest coaching job since he started his coaching career.

Meanwhile, the Dynamos board of directors has welcomed the appointment of Mutasa as coach but was reported to be unhappy with the decision to appoint former team manager Nyika Chifamba to the executive committee.

A source close to the club said appointment to executive posts was the prerogative of the board and that the executive overlapped its mandate when it elevated Chifamba to that post.

He was elevated to the post to replace David Mandigora who is now based in Mozambique.

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