HARARE football giants Dynamos are targeting Brazilian strikers as they seek to beef up their front line ahead of the start of the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership campaign.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
Dynamos’ Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva is reported to be on the verge of sealing deals with at least two strikers from Brazil.
The players are said to have expressed their willingness to come and play in Zimbabwe, but complications have arisen as the players are said to be still contracted to their respective clubs and Dynamos are not prepared to buy.
Dynamos president Keni Mubaiwa confirmed that their coach was seeking to recruit two strikers from Brazil.
“The coach is speaking to strikers from Brazil and we are still waiting to hear from him because the players are still contracted to their clubs,” Mubaiwa said.
“Once everything has been finalised, we can then send air tickets so that they come and join us.”
Silva is on record saying he is not impressed by the strikers at his disposal and wants to add bite to the attack by bringing in new players from outside the country.
The Glamour Boys, winners of the coveted title under former coach Kalisto Pasuwa for four successive seasons, failed to defend their title last term after they were beaten to the trophy by Chicken Inn.
This term, the Glamour Boys are determined to win the championship and they responded to last season’s failure by getting rid of coach Tonderai Ndiraya before looking beyond the borders for his replacement.
DeMbare strikers include Rodreck Mutuma, Takesure Chinyama, Richard Kawondera, Farai Mupasiri and Kelvin Bulaji.
However, Chinyama has been dogged by injuries which could see him missing the first games of the campaign.
He has been recovering from a pulled muscle since the start of the 2016 preparations and when he returned to training last week, he suffered a recurrence and is back on the treatment table.
Team manager Richard Chihoro, however, was optimistic the big striker could recover before the start of the season.
“Chinyama returned to training last week, but pulled a muscle again and the doctors are treating him. Injuries are part of the game. We hope he will recover before the start of the season,” he said.
Dynamos are scheduled to leave for Tanzania for their pre-season preparations early next month.
The former champions lost key players including midfielder Ronald Chitiyo and defender Blessing Moyo to Harare City, but went on to sign several players, including former Caps United midfielder Dominic Mukandi, ex-Highlanders forward Valentine Ndaba and the Triangle duo of midfielder Tichaona Chipunza and goalkeeper Ashley Reyners, among others.
In their only meaningful preseason game so far, DeMbare played Zambia’s Kabwe Warriors and won that match 2-0.