Dynamos pay $30 000

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Dynamos finally secured the Zambian duo of Arthur Kaseloka and Derrick Kabwe yesterday after paying $30 000 for their release.

The Zambian forwards had been registered by Dynamos in the African Champions League together with 24 other players who include Tinei Chitora, Takesure Chinyama, Ocean Mushure and Young Warriors goalkeeper George Chigova.

However, the Zambian pair had not reported for training as expected when Dynamos kick-started their pre-season training on Tuesday last week.

It has, however, emerged the whole issue was revoving around the money issue as Dynamos had not paid Zesco United for their release.

The cash-strapped Harare giants only managed to pay the money yesterday morning and the two players were also expected to arrive late yesterday to join the team in their pre-season training.

Dynamos chairman Keni Mubaiwa said: Its true the issue about the Zambian players was centred on the money aspect. We had not paid to secure the services of the players.

As you are aware, we have financial challenges, but I am happy to say that we finally paid the money this morning (yesterday). We paid a total of $30 000 and we now expect the players to be here today (yesterday), said Mubaiwa.

Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa said he was relieved to hear the issue of the Zambian players had now been sorted out. He, however, said he was still waiting for defender George Magariro who has also not been reporting for training since the start of the preparations.

I am now waiting for George. I dont know why he has not been coming for training, but I am told his contract had expired. The team manager phoned him today (yesterday) and he said he is on his way and we should be with him by tomorrow (today), said the Dynamos gaffer.

Team manager Richard Chihoro was yesterday busy running around to sort out accommodation for the Zambians.

Dynamos still have good memories of their association with Zambian players after Francis Kasanda, Sandras Kumwenda and Clive Mwale did very well during their stint at the club.

And it now remains to be seen whether the new recruits will add value as the Zimbabwe champions ready to take on the best in Africa and also to defend their domestic league title.

Dynamos were given a preliminary round bye in the African Champions League and will face winners of the clash between Mafunzo FC of Zanzibar and Mozambiques Muulmano de Maputo in the first round.

Should they win that encounter, they could face defending champions Esperance of Tunisia in the second round for a place in the lucrative group stages of the competition.