Chinyama eyes DeMbare comeback

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TAKESURE Chinyama is set to bounce back at Dynamos three years after he left the club for South Africa, as the club seeks to strengthen the striking department which has been the domestic champions’ only grey area so far in the new Premier Soccer League season.

BY HENRY MHARA

The big striker joined Dynamos from Poland in 2011 and spent just six months at the club, but had done enough in that short space of time to get a move to South Africa.

He joined South African Premiership giants Orlando Pirates, but failed to replicate the form he had shown at Dynamos and he was released just after one season, although many feel he was not given enough chance to prove himself.

Now 32, Chinyama then joined another South African Premiership side Platinum Stars on a six-month contract in 2013, but he again failed to justify himself and was let go.

He has been clubless since failing to make the grade at Moroka Swallows.

The former Hwange and Monomotapa player resurfaced at Dynamos about three weeks ago and was part of the players who were at the club’s training session yesterday where they played Division One side Mushowani Stars ahead of their top-of-the-table clash against Chicken Inn at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

A source told NewsDay Sport yesterday that the Dynamos technical department led by David Mandigora was interested in bringing back Chinyama to the squad to strengthen the striking department which has been poor thus far.

Of the five strikers registered at Dynamos, only two, Simba Nhivi and Dominic Chungwa, have scored a goal each in the league. The club has scored a total seven goals in six matches.

The other strikers at Dynamos are Farai Mupasiri and Patrick Kumbula who has been down with an injury in recent times, while Kelvin Bulaji, who joined from Caps United, is yet to justify himself.

The source within the club yesterday said they would definitely sign Chinyama when the transfer window opens in July.

“He is a free agent and we can sign him at any time, but because we don’t have a free slot, we will have to wait for the transfer window to deregister one player and add him,” the source said.

“The decision has been made and Chinyama will be a Dynamos player after June. We are looking for a proven goalscorer and Chinyama is tried and tested. If you saw how he performed when he came as a substitute against Mushowani Stars, he played the last 10 minutes, but he had four shots on target. That is the kind of a striker we are looking for.”

The source added that the club would be forced to deregister two strikers to make way for Chinyama and the recovering Anesu Gondo, Bulaji and Patrick Kumbula were likely to be sacrificed.

“The club will obviously have to sit down and make an assessment on the strikers. Those who wouldn’t have performed would be released unfortunately. As it stands, Bulaji and Kumbula are at a risk.”

When asked about the status of Chinyama, Dynamos assistant coach Tonderai Ndiraya said the striker had just requested
to train with the club to keep his fitness.

“He is just training with us because he requested to do so. Not just Takesure, but there is also Munyaradzi Chiwara and Victor Kamhuka who also requested to train with us. That is what I can say at the moment,” Ndiraya said.

“We have a complement of about 32 players, so we will see as we go on whether we have some interest or not, but as of now, Takesure is just training with the team.”

Ndiraya, however, said the technical department was concerned about the strikers’ performances.

“Yes, we are worried when that department doesn’t score as many goals as possible. We tend to get worried. They are employed to score and if they don’t score, or score two goals in six matches, then it becomes a problem, but it’s still a long way to go and we have about 24 matches to play in the league. We believe in what the strikers can do and we hope as we go forward, they will get a couple of goals,” Ndiraya added.

At yesterday’s training, Sydney Linyama sat out although he is expected to recover for the Sunday match.

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