Evans Gwekwerere has walked out on Dynamos to join bitter rivals Caps United ahead of the 2011 Premiership soccer season, dealing a huge blow to the blue and white’s Caf Orange Champions League aspirations.
Gwekwerere, who turns 26 on April 27, revealed to NewsDay Sport in an interview yesterday that he had severed ties with the Harare giants because of their failure to fulfil promises which they had made.
He said he was walking away from Dynamos a bitter man because the club leadership had shown that it was insensitive to the plight of the players.
The former Moroka Swallows and Jomo Cosmos striker said the failure by the club to pay him his signing-on fee which he claimed stood at $15 000 and outstanding winning bonuses from the league campaign and the African Champions League last year had prompted him to dump from the club and join Caps United.
“I have agreed terms with Caps United and already have the contract. I am just waiting for my clearance from Dynamos. My contract with them ended on December 31 and I think I made a good decision. It is better for me to move because you cannot play football when you are not being paid when that is your source of livelihood,” said Gwekwerere.
League champions Motor Action were also chasing the player but have been beaten to his signature by Caps United.
“I have opted to join Caps United although Motor Action had shown interest in me. I am happy with the offer from CAPS United,” he said.
The departure of Gwekwerere will be a huge blow to Dynamos’ African Champions League campaign as they are left without an outright striker after star winger Benjamin Marere, who had been redeployed to an unfamiliar role of central striker, earlier left the club to sign for Division One outfit Highfield United.
Dylan Chivandire has also since joined Botswana’s Gaborone United, leaving DeMbare with limited striking options.
While the departure of key players is bad news for Dynamos fans, it is good news for Makepekepe fans as they welcome Gwekwerere who was instrumental in DeMbare’s challenge for honours last season.
Gwekwerere is a good finisher and his presence in the CAPS United dressing room will certainly add value.
The Green Machine recently announced they had signed former Monomotapa striker Charles Chiutsa, former Gunners defender Daniel Vheremu and returning striker Washington Pakamisa who was with Kiglon.