Mutasa heads for Masvingo


Relegation-threatened Masvingo United are courting the services of former Dynamos coach Lloyd Mutasa as the team seeks ways of negotiating their way to safety.

Masvingo United are sitting precariously on 11th position on the log table with 27 points, just three points from Shabanie Mine who are leading four teams facing the ignominy of relegation at the end of the season.

The club on Tuesday announced they have hired Ralph Kawondera, Mutasa’s former assistant at Dynamos as their temporary coach.

Sources on Thursday said the appointment of Kawondera was a “dummy” by the club, as Mutasa was their main target.

The source revealed the executive led by Levison Nzuwa had wanted Mutasa to start his new job tomorrow when Masvingo travel to Lafarge for a date with Gunners.

Nzuwa on Thursday confirmed they were targeting Mutasa although he said negotiations were still at infancy stage.

“Arrangements have been made, but there is nothing concrete as yet. Yes, I can confirm negotiations have started, but not much has been done to talk about. He (Mutasa) has Premier league experience and we think he might be of great help to the team. Like I said we have just started negotiations and Ralph Kawondera is the coach for now,” said Nzuwa.

Yuna Yuna, as Masvingo United are affectionately known by their passionate supporters, started the season on a high and at one point looked destined to finish in the top four.

However, a poor run of form that was punctuated by a player strike over wages and unpaid winning bonuses, saw the team crumbling on the log. With no solution in sight at the broke club, coach Luke Masomere gave up to join neighbours Shabanie Mine in July.

Saul Chaminuka, who was assisting Masomere then took over, but never settled at the struggling team as he picked up six points from a possible 24.

The early exit from the Mbada Diamonds cup last Sunday, at the hands of their opposition on Saturday, was the last thing the Masvingo executive was hoping for, and Chaminuka was sacrificed.