FORMER Dynamos skipper Memory “Mwendamberi” Mucherahowa has poured his heart out on the frosty relationship that exists between him and the club’s ex-chairman George “Mastermind’ Shaya currently down due to failing health.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
Mucherahowa, now based in the UK, is showing very little sympathy to the ailing Mastermind who is suffering from dementia, a broad category of brain diseases that cause a gradual decrease in the ability to think properly and remember events.
In a sharp attack on the record five times Soccer Star of the Year winner posted on social networking blogging site Facebook yesterday, Mwendamberi said the club legend deserves everything that is going his way.
As if to add salt to the wound, Mwendamberi further stated that he rates Moses “Razorman” Chunga higher than Shaya, going against the popular belief that the Mastermind is the club’s all-time great.
Turning to the social media, Mwendamberi accused Shaya of being insensitive to their plight during their glorious year in 1998 when they stunned watchers of the African game with a splendid display that saw them reaching the final of the African Champions League only to lose in controversial circumstances to Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast in Abidjan.
“It’s sad to read in the newspapers. The five-times footballer of the year and one regarded by many as the best Dynamos player ever — though I think Moses Chunga is the best, it makes me feel so sad. Yes he needs help, we all need help.
“But remember some of us were not going to need help as we tried our best to avoid that path. Do you still remember Mr Shaya we had US$16m from the Champions League and YES you were the Chairman. US$16m if you can still remember if not ask Lloyd Hove.
“We fought the battle through thick and thin just to try and make our lives better after football. We could have bought houses, but guess what as the Chairman you decided to share the money with some other people who were not even known and I doubt if those people ever attended any of our matches or even kicked a ball before.
“You decided to give us soup while you and your gang ate all the meat. You gave us peanuts Mr Chairman and on top of that you fabricated a false story and suspended us,” wrote Mucherahowa.
The Class of 1998, which also featured players like Kalisto Pasuwa, Claudius Zviripayi, Lloyd Mutasa, Tichaona Murewa, Tonderai Mutambikwa, Makwinji Soma-Phiri and Murape Murape who was a raw teenager then, is regarded as the best collection of stars by Dynamos whose record is still to be broken today.
But Mucherahowa, a leader of that group, did not play in the final after he was head-butted by an opponent during the warm-up.
Mucherahowa alleges that Shaya punished the group by imposing hefty fines on each players for indiscipline following that unrivalled run in Africa’s premier club competition.
“Out of that little you gave us you decided to fine us $5 000 each. You are lucky that you will get help whilst you are coming from your house in GlenNorah . . . what about some of us after that US$16m we will be coming from Mhondoro Rural Area because we couldn’t afford to buy a house in the City that you promised.
“The battle is still fresh in our minds and the scars are still visible but nothing to show for it. I pray that you get the help you need soon because Pasuwa is also waiting for his $26 000 and unfortunately he is one of those wamakaripisa (you fined) $5 000. We can forgive but not forget Mr Chairman Sir. Anyway, I wish you all the best and a very quick recovery my chairman,” added Mucherahowa.