Harare soccer giants Dynamos, who have been hit by a player exodus that has depleted their squad for the Caf Champions League, got some relief on Friday after they acquired the services of goalkeeper Washington Arubi from Northern Region Division One side Highfield United.
The shot stopper, alongside winger Benjamin Marere, ditched the club earlier this month and opted to join the cash-rich Division One side on three-year contracts.
Earlier reports had indicated that the Twalumba Holdings-owned side Highfield would loan the duo to Black Mambas, a move which could have greatly affected the already troubled team as they had no other recognisable goalkeeper.
However, Dynamos received a big boost after Highfield gave them the go-ahead to use the player this season.
Dynamos secretary-general Oliver Manyau refused to comment on the matter but inside sources told NewsDay Sport that Highfield has agreed to loan Arubi to Dynamos this season.
“Arubi will be playing for Dynamos this season. Highfield have agreed to loan him back, in fact they had even offered us Benjie but the player refused to return,” said the source.
“I can confirm that Arubi will be playing for Dynamos for another season and we have already included him in the Champions League final squad,” added the source.
The Harare giants who have also lost three players they had earlier forwarded to Caf in striker Evans Gwekwerere, Thabani Kamusoko and Khumbulani Banda have added six new names to the squad.
They have also recalled midfielders Wonder Sithole and Edmore Mashiri who had been overlooked in the initial list given to Caf.
Although NewsDay Sport could not get the final list that Dynamos will forward to Caf today, sources said the surprise inclusion in the list was that of former Zimbabwe international Gilbert Mushangazhike.
Dynamos have also included the Kiglon duo of Maxwell Nyamupanedengu and striker Martin Vengesai but their big catch is Monomotapa talisman Charles Chiutsa.
The source also revealed that DeMbare, who are critically short of strikers, have managed to secure the signature of two Division One strikers.
“They have added six players to the squad: Gidza, Vengesai, Max, Charlie and two strikers from Division One. The problem they have now is with Gidza because he wants to go and play in Japan.
“They are trying to persuade him to stay and negotiations are still going on but they have already registered him,” revealed the source. ”They are desperate for players now so they have decided to recall Wonder and Mashiri into the squad.”
The club has also managed to convince Murape Murape back into the squad.
The source said the club was still chasing the signatures of Under 23 duo of Joel Ngodzo and striker Simba Sithole and have left two slots in their squad for the two players in the event they agree to sign after today’s deadline.
The two players, who are in camp with the Warriors, are reportedly willing to play for Dynamos on the African safari but said they would only sign after the African Nations Championships which run from February 4 – 25 in Sudan.
The cash-strapped Dynamos will also have to fork out $4 000 for the eight players they have added to the list.
Caf charges a $500 penalty for every player added after the deadline.
Dynamos are also likely to face a backlash from Motor Action for registering players the Mighty Bulls have shown interest in.
The Eric Rosen-owned side had already registered Vengesai and Nyamupanedengu for the same competition.
Dynamos Caf List
Goalkeepers: W Arubi, M Nyamupanedengu, M Diya, K Jimu
Defenders: D Kutyauripo, G Bello, A Mbara, T Magorimbo, G Zhokinyi, G Magariro, D Shuva, D Benati
Midfielders: D Chafa, D Mukamba, M Makopa, T Mamvura, D Maringwa, E Mashiri, W Sithole, F Vimisayi, C Chiutsa, A Gutu
Strikers: M Vengesai, M Murape, G Mushangazhike