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Will Murape return?


Dynamos fans will tonight know their players for the 2012 Caf Champions League amid indications veteran Murape Murape might feature for the league and cup double winners.

Murape retired after the Mbada Diamonds Cup final win over Motor Action on November 27, but has admitted his decision could have been emotional and might consider another dance with Harare giants.

The deadline for registration of players is tomorrow and word at Dynamos is, while signing on fees might be a problem, a squad of 30 players has been assembled with new acquisitions.

Dynamos will also host a dinner to raise funds for the team in addition to the $165 000 provided by sponsor BancABC for travelling expenses and players’ allowances. The giants say they need about $650 000 for the campaign.

With Murape almost certain to be included, key players Washington Arubi, George Magariro, Denver Mukamba, Rodreck Mutuma, Martin Vengesayi, David Kutyauripo and Cuthbert Malajila are certainties.

Chafa, Vengesayi, Arubi and Mukamba have contracts that expire on December 31, but the lure of Champions League football is too tempting unless they move to a team that will be playing in the same competition.

They owe Twalumba Holdings $6 000 for Arubi’s loan deal from Highfield United although that should not be a problem as the diversified company has stated that they will get direction from the goalkeeper on his future.

Arubi, in an exclusive interview NewsDay Sport after the season ended, stated his heart was at Dynamos and achieving more in the Champions League.

Farai Vimisayi has returned to Hwange, but Gerald Ndlovu could also move from the coalminers to Dynamos.

Former winger Benjamin Marere, Warriors defender Daniel Vheremu and Donald Ngoma — all from FC Platinum and left-back Ocean Mushure, who has Champions League experience with Monomotapa, are on the lips of Dynamos fans who want to see them in the famous blue and white colours.

Other fans though want Ashley Rambanepasi in that midfield gap, especially when faced with the prospect of playing in hostile territory against reigning African champions Esperance in Tunis.

Dynamos should have little trouble in dispatching either Mafunzo or Muculmana de Maputo in the first round and given they will play Esperance away in the first leg of the second round, the Harare giants should start making preparations for the group stages.

Like in all African competitions which are played over two legs, minimising damage away from home is utmost before picking up maximum points at home.

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