VETERAN Dynamos midfielder and captain Murape Murape is set to be redeployed as coach of the juniors.
Reports had suggested Murape would be earmarked for an assistant coaching position within the senior team following the decision by their original target Biggie Zuze to return to Triangle despite having signed a contract with the champions.
That had been seen as an opportunity for Murape, whose contract with Dynamos as a player expired on December 31 to launch his football coaching career with his boyhood team as one of the assistant coaches.
However, the club leadership felt the 33-year-old, who was part of the squad that made history by winning a fourth successive championship last season, still has a lot to learn.
The club leadership said at his age, Murape now represents the past and that his best bet would be to try other areas like coaching.
And the sudden decision by Zuze to return to his former club Triangle where he assumed an assistant coaching position under former Highlanders coach Kelvin Kaindu had appeared to have opened a window of hope for Murape to be one of David Mandigora’s assistants.
However, team manager Richard Chihoro clarified yesterday there won’t be any changes to the technical team structure for now.
He said Murape would be deployed to coach the junior teams.
“There won’t be any changes to the technical team for now. Murape will be deployed to coach the junior teams alongside Herbet Maruva.
“We are still talking to him about it. That is our position as a technical team,” said Chihoro.
Maruva — a holder of a Caf A licence coaching certificate and current coach of the Dynamos juniors had been linked with the assistant coaching job with the senior team.
Tonderai Ndiraya and goalkeepers’ coach Gift Muzadzi are two of Mandigora’s assistants with Richard Chihoro coming in as team manager.