Cuthbert Malajila has been ruled out of Dynamos’ Castle Lager Premier Soccer League match against premiership new boys Blue Ribbon Stars at Rufaro today.
Dynamos are yet to receive his international reverse clearance letter from Tunisian club, Club Africain
Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa confirmed that Malajila, his former club and Dynamos had agreed terms.
“Management is working flat out on the issue of Malajila to ensure that his acquisition is finalised and at the moment we are just waiting for his international reverse clearance letter from Tunisia.
“The two parties have agreed in principle and a deal has been struck but he will be on standby until we get clearance,” said Mutasa.
Dynamos are believed to have agreed to a two and a half year deal with the predatory striker who has been training with them for the past month after he fled the uprisings in Libya where he had been loaned by his Tunisian club.
The delay in Malajila’s acquisition is likely not to have a negative bearing on Mutasa options.
But he still has lanky Roderick Mutuma, who now seems to have settled well at the Glamour Boys.
Mutasa said he was confident his team would bounce back from their BancABC Sup8r Cup defeat to Motor Action last weekend and added that their focus was now solely on the winning the championship.
“The loss to Motor Action has not affected our focus and the morale remains very high amongst the players.
“Nobody wants to lose but if it happens it’s not the end of the world. We cannot to continue to live on the past. We only have the league to fight for and that’s where our focus is at the moment,” said the soft spoken Mutasa soon after his team training session at Raylton Sports Club.
The last time Dynamos met Blue Ribbon, they were shocked 2-1 on June 12 but Mutasa said that was now history.
Experienced right wingback David Kutyauripo is a huge doubt for this match as he has not fully recovered from an injury that has kept him on the sidelines for a while now.
Thomas Magorimbo is likely to continue on that right side of the Dynamos defence
“Besides David Kutyauripo who only started light training today and Desmond Maringwa who is out for this tie everyone is hundred percent fit and raring to go.
A win for Dynamos, who were inactive in the league last weekend, will see them overtake Bulawayo giants Highlanders who had leapfrogged them into third position after their 2-0 win over Zimbabwe Saints on Sunday.
Highlanders are currently on third position on 31 points while Dynamos are on fourth position with 29 points although they have played a game less.
Blue Ribbon, who haven’t won since their 2-1 win over Dynamos in June, occupy 10th position with 22 points from 17 matches.
A win in today’s match will stir Misheck Chidzambwa’s side further up to safety.
Meanwhile in the other match defending champions Motor Action host basement side Kiglon at the Motor Action Sports Club today.
The Mighty Bulls, who currently occupy second position on the log standings, with 34 points would reduce the gap between pacesetters FC Platinum to just two points with a victory.
In the reverse fixture in June the two teams settled for a 2-2 draw at Gwanzura.