DYNAMOS striker Rodreck Mutuma is delighted to be back at work and has issued an apology ahead of their semi-final showdown against How Mine on Sunday at Mandava Stadium after his suspension over a training ground bust-up with his captain Murape Murape was lifted this week.
The DeMbare captain had also been suspended by the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League club leadership which felt their behaviour was a breach of conduct and fell below the standards they expected of their players.
They had been scheduled to appear before the club’s disciplinary hearing on September 4.
Both players missed the drawn home match against Hwange last week and did also not make the trip to Triangle where the Glamour Boys triumphed 2-1 win to remain at the top of the league table.
The decision to suspend the players was arrived at by the club management without the input of the coach, Kalisto Pasuwa, who was at the time attending a Caf A licence coaching certificate.
The club executive, however, agreed to lift the suspension of the two players this week as Pasuwa prepares for the $500 000 NetOne Wallet Cup semi-final showdown against How Mine in Zvishavane.
The duo was, however, warned not to repeat the same behaviour in future as they could be slapped with heavy sentences.
And Mutuma, who has been the torch bearer of the Dynamos attack since he rejoined the club in July, was quick to apologise for his altercation with Murape which culminated in a fist fight.
“I apologise with a great deal of remorse for my actions. That was really uncalled for. It was in the heat of the moment and I over-reacted and would want to express my remorse for my actions. It’s not good to be suspended from work and I promise I will never do it again. I am now ready for the next match. I have been training hard on my own only that I was not with the boys. I am really happy to be with the boys. I hope to do well if I am picked by the coach for this game,” said Mutuma.
The Dynamos striker has scored four goals in all competitions since rejoining from Bloemfontein Celtic last month.
Mutuma has netted three goals in the league and one in the NetOne Wallet Cup which helped boot out city rivals Caps United from the tourney.
And Pasuwa will be banking on him as his team makes the trip to Mandava. The champions will also be trying to put behind them the disappointment of failing to progress in the Chibuku Super Cup after they were handed a shock 1-0 defeat by lowly Black Rhinos in which Mutuma was also shown a red card after attacking Black Rhinos’ Obey Gada.
Chicken Inn will take to the field first against against Triangle in the first semi-final on Saturday.
The NetOneWallet Cup, which is sponsored to the tune of $500 000, will see the winners pocketing $80 000. The losing finalists will walk away $50 000 richer, while the losing semi-finalists will pocket US$30 000.
Harare City, Chicken Inn, Highlanders and CAPS United will each get $20 000 for their participation in the eight-team tournament.
Tomorrow: Triangle v Chicken Inn (Mandava)
Sunday: Dynamos v How Mine (Mandava)