DYNAMOS have drawn up a list of players they hope to sign to bolster their squad ahead of the Africa Champions League campaign, with the Hwange duo of striker Francisco Zikumbawire and veteran defender Aaron Katebe topping the list.
BY SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
FC Platinum and Warriors trialist Donald Ngoma is on the Dynamos wish list and so is the Monomotapa trio of winger Russel Madamombe, goalkeeper Artwell Mukandi and striker Tawanda Nyamandwe.
Harare City and Under-20 fullback Wonder Kalongoda is one of eight players targeted by the Zimbabwe champions who have already signed Motor Action defender Morris Kadzola.
DeMbare coach Kalisto Pasuwa and his technical team of Tonderai Ndiraya, goalkeeper’s coach Tichaona Diya and team manager Richard Chihoro, spent the whole week in a series of meetings, as they sought to come up with players they think can add value to the team in their bid to make an impression in the African Safari.
It is said the coaches had a tough task this week coming up with the list, but in the end submitted it to the club’s executive to start negotiations with players.
The technical team is said to have come up with a list of 16 players they want signed, but has so far asked the club executive to consider eight players who are top on their priority.
“They have come up with a list of 16 players, but they have agreed with the executive that they should start negotiations for the acquisition of their first eight targets. If they encounter problems with the targeted eight players, they will go back to that list and renegotiate,” said a source.
“Negotiations have started, but so far nothing has come out save for the signing of Morris Kadzola. It also appears there is a slight problem with Ngoma because he has one year left on his contract with his club and it means he will not be coming cheap. But from negotiations held so far, players themselves have shown a lot of interest in joining Dynamos and what is left is for their clubs to come up with concrete positions.”
Dynamos though, will fall foul of rules if they speak to players who still have more than six months left on their contracts.
They will be seeking to restore their battered pride in continental club football after they were humiliated 7-1 on aggregate by Tunisia’s Espérance in the African Champions League this year, to bow out of the prestigious tournament.
They are set to lose a number of star players to foreign clubs following their success story on the domestic soccer scene.
Pasuwa’s men stunned watchers of the local game after they successfully defended the league title as well as the Mbada Diamonds Cup in another memorable campaign which could see players like Denver Mukamba, already on trials at South African Premiership side Bidvest Wits University, and Rodreck Mutuma wanted by Dynamos (South Africa), leaving the club. Defender Partson Jaure, Ocean Mushure and midfielder Tawanda Muparati could also be on their way out, following a good performance this term.