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It’s Arubi again


Dynamos goalkeeper Washington Arubi was last night named the club’s Player of the Season at a function the Harare football giants unveiled their new signings for the 2012 Confederation of African Football (Caf) Champions League.

The biggest surprise of the night was the unveiling of former Poland-based big bustling striker Takesure Chinyama.

DeMbare also brewed another shocker when they unveiled former Monomotapa and TP Mazembe skilful midfielder Chris “Skills” Samakweri.

Dynamos seem to have an obsession with former Monoz players as they also snapped up left-back Ocean Mushure, who was on loan to 2009 league champions Motor Action.

Blue Ribbon gangling striker Tinei Chitora completed the list of local players on the Dynamos new list.

Dynamos also crossed the border to Zambia in search of players who can lead them to Champions League glory.

Derrick Kabwe (28 years) and Arthur Kaseloki (26 years), both of Zesco United, were also unveiled by DeMbare.

Kabwe and Kaseloki — a striker and a midfielder respectively — have Champions League experience after their dance in the continent’s premier club competition for their former club.

They were eliminated by Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the second round.

However, it was the unveiling of Chinyama which was the talking point last night.Chinyama started his professional career at Hwange in 2003 before he was snapped up by Monomotapa in the 2005-2006 season.

The 29-year-old played for one season at the Harare-based team before moving to Poland.

After an initial trial stint at the Polish premier league giants Legia Warszawa, where he failed to make the grade, he tried his luck at fellow top-flight league side Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski where he was signed on a one-year contract.

After scoring six goals in 17 appearances for the struggling side, Warszawa made a sudden U-turn and signed the striker — joining up with countryman Dickson Choto at the club in the summer of 2007.

Chinyama was to become the first non-European joint top scorer in the top Polish league. He then moved to Legia Warsaw at the end of 2007.

However, the striker has been blighted by injuries which forced the club to offload him in June this year.

Samakweri — also a former Monomotapa player — was bought by TP Mazembe after a starring display for the Warriors in the 2009 Cosafa Senior Challenge cup.

He, however, struggled to get a regular jersey at the club and was offloaded in June this year. He has tried his luck at Celtic in South Africa, but couldn’t make the grade.

Dynamos, who held the award ceremony to honour their outstanding performers for the past season, are expected to announce their 25-man squad for the Champions League today.

Arubi, who scooped the Castle Lager Premier League Soccer Star and the Goalkeeper of the Year awards last week, was voted the club’s Player of the Season which goes with a $2 000 prize money.

Arubi was in terrific form between the sticks for the Harare giants conceding just 13 goals in 29 starts.

Dynamos Awards:

Player of the Season — Washington Arubi ($2 000)

Top Goalscorer — Rodreck Mutuma ($700)

Most Improved Player — Gift Bello ($700)

Rookie of the Year — Denver Mukamba ($700)

Most Consistent Player — Thomas Magorimbo ($700)

Most Disciplined Player — Tawanda Muparati ($500)

Most Loyal Player — Desmond Maringwa ($500)

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