Dynamos’ Silva gamble

DYNAMOS could have taken a huge gamble by hiring Paulo Jorge Silva as their coach, a man with very questionable coaching credentials.


The Portuguese signed a three-year deal with the Harare giants in January, where he has been tasked to reclaim the league title the team lost to Chicken Inn last year.

He arrived in Zimbabwe three months after he had been unveiled as coach of Nigerian Division One football side, COD United.

Dynamos coach Paulo Jorge Silva unclipped New Dynamos coach Jorge Silva (right) during training with his club recently

It’s unclear why he terminated his contract with the West African outfit. If online information is anything to go by, then the Dynamos job may be his first serious assignment.

The energetic former goalkeeper claims he has worked with several high-profile teams around the world, including German giants Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Greuther Furth and Aalen.

He says he has also worked with Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, Al Wasl and Sharjah FC in the United Arab Emirates as well as African giants Esperance of Tunisia, Ghana’s Hearts of Oak and Nigeria’s Enyimba and COD United.

Quite an enormous CV for a man who hung his playing boots in 2012, having played for 14 clubs in a career spanning 19 years.

But an online search about his coaching history will only yield his short-lived stint with COD United, nothing else on any other team is readily available.

In addition, this week, Stuttgart denied ever having him in their structures in any capacity, suggesting Silva might have worked with kids at a local school.

In a brief email to NewsDay Sport, Stuttgart media and communications officer, Laura Steinacher wrote: “We couldn’t find any sources about Jorge Paulo Silva in our archives. Maybe this information helps you: according to one of my colleagues, Jorge Paulo Silva was working for this school: http://www.fussballschule-soccerkids.de/impressum/.”

Silva could not be reached for a comment yesterday, as he was not answering his mobile phone.

While he boasted of a glittering coaching career with lots of experience, as he was addressing his first Press conference in the country, that experience was untraceable.

What is not questionable though is his playing career, as he featured for top Portuguese clubs such as FC Porto, Braga and Benfica, winning the league title with the latter in the 1993-4 season, although he played just one minute throughout the season which came in the final game.

He was called to the Portuguese national team once as a cover at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but spent the whole tournament on the bench.

Nicknamed Sledgehammer, Silva, who reportedly once dropped his pants to show his backside during one of the matches with Sporting Lisbon, appears to have been quite an unpopular figure with the fans in his native country.

He was a target of scorn by some fans, particularly on one Portuguese website because of his attitude.

“Butter hands, I never liked this guy, even in Braga,” posted one reader. Another comment read: “Attitude more, talent less.”

The other reader posted: “The problem was not just his arrogance, he was a total idiot, arguing for everything and anything. Sledgehammer without bones.”

In a short space of time he has coached Dynamos, he has managed to divide opinion among the club’s supporters, while reportedly ruffling feathers in the dressing room.

Reports suggest that he is already losing the dressing room with several players increasingly unhappy with his heavy-handedness.

A source said Silva, on his second day on duty at the Harare giants, gave defender Sydney Linyama and the kit manager quite a tongue lashing for reporting late at training.

With Silva already wielding the axe on Linyama, the defender was only saved by club boss Keni Mubaiwa, who was present at the training ground.

Other reports suggest Takesure Chinyama has been treated with similar disdain, and this week, the coach publicly said he doesn’t fancy the big striker, who was the team’s main striker last season.

He is looking to bring at least three strikers from outside the country.

During Dynamos’ match against Kabwe Warriors last week, Silva was only dissuaded by assistant coach Lloyd Mutasa from substituting goalkeeper Ashley Reynes after just five minutes of the match — something that reportedly caused considerable unease within the squad.

Silva’s relationship with the Dynamos hierarchy is also thought to be tense and he will have to impress in the first few games, or his trigger happy bossescould fire him.

It appears the bulk of the players in the squad are already hoping for it.

15 Responses to Dynamos’ Silva gamble

  1. v nandi February 20, 2016 at 7:48 am #

    if pple report late for work they must b sent back. kubasa hakusi kumusika kwaunosvika nguva yaunoda. the other issue u can not bank on a player
    who is always unfit 80% of the tym. even if they fire him at least he is ruffling feathers, removing pple from comfort zones. problem with my team is players are just too powerful. thats why they are total failures when they go out. tokundwa ne aces. academy shuwa. nxaaaaa.

    • Willard Mubvumbi February 20, 2016 at 1:49 pm #

      @v nandi, Kikikiki hahahahaha, am hearing it from you. Why NewsDay never gave us the news.

  2. Nesongano February 20, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    The trigger happy bosses will lose out because he signed a three year contract. Of course we are not privy to the actual contract itself but Dynamos will stand to lose. Was he head hunted or they just gave him a contract because he lied on his his CV. A thorough background check would have helped unlike the rush decision that Dembare made.

  3. Lawrence February 20, 2016 at 8:05 am #

    this story is meant to mislead fans, honestly kubasa kubasa hauuyi tym dzaunoda. Players wield too much power especially at dynamos which doesnt help them when they go to professional outfits like how mine

  4. v nandi February 20, 2016 at 8:08 am #

    vachadzidza chete. i actually attended a session. the guy is a proffessional n does not accept nonsense n mediocrity. most of our players are mediocre n unprofessional. last yr kwaidzidziwa asi rino kuchadzidziwa futi kudembare. pachapera 3yrs vachaswatuka

  5. v nandi February 20, 2016 at 8:12 am #

    achenjerre anamutasa. i hope vakasigna contracts with similar requirements n fates so they do not sabotage

  6. Gandanga February 20, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    I am failing to follow this story,’ …he coached such and such a team in Africa…..and such and such …in Europe…..blah blah blah… then his coaching experience is questionable’. Bantu! Is this reporter qualified and experienced in reporting sports issues? I can’t comprehend the whole story.

  7. Madzibaba Joshua February 20, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    Unprofessional lazy senior DeMbare players coming late for training now steering trouble for the new coach.If he is not qualified for the job then its not his fault,he was hired by a gullible club that failed to do a background check.

  8. Willard Mubvumbi February 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    You signed a fake coach. You rushed to sign him becoz, he is a European. Thats why we always say your club is run like a tuckshop. If you terminate his contract, he will sue you.
    The other coach Lloyd Mutasa did nothing at Hwahwa fc and he should have thrown in the towel, when the team was away from relegation. Now Hwahwa is relegated and he LIED that he would stay a Hwahwa and work with the team in Div 1. Hardly, 2 months, he left Hwahwa and went to Dynamos. Ndiraya should have stayed and work with the fake Portuguese ‘coach’.

  9. WILLARD MUBVUMBI February 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    Mutasa, go back to Hwahwa and bring back the team you send in Div one. You are waiting for Luke Petros to bring back Hwahwa FC, so that you can go back. SHAME on you.

  10. Mbiko Masuku February 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    This Silva guy knows nothin he is a cheat,a living lie its the greatest fraud of the century he wont take Dynamos anywhere bcz his technical acumen or lack of it was exposed during the Kabwe Warriors game and again during the match against Mutoko Traders,he is bringing nothing new to the Glamour boys.When Mutasa took over in 2011 during pre season friendlies you could see that he had refreshingly new technics that made us the fans hopeful for the new season,but not this putukezi.I fear for Dembare

  11. mudyna dyna February 20, 2016 at 4:45 pm #

    dynamos family want goals and wins. as long he can deliver fans will support him. i think the coach knows what he is doing as now.

  12. amos marshy February 20, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    makatya kubvunzisisa bhunu experience yaro. Hamuna kusiyana nemunhu anotengesa nyika

  13. bryan February 22, 2016 at 8:53 am #

    kkkkkk baabaaaweeee apa hapanaaa zvozikanwaaa iweeee

  14. chabvooo February 22, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    why dont we wait for the season to begin. kuddos to you masuku on that realisation when mutasa ame to dembare in 2011 we hope he works well with the putukezi. players shld be proffessionals ndekupi kwaunoinda kubasa nguva yaunoda its high time we introduce proffessionalism it will improve us even at national level. thats why we see these lucklustre perfomances by our players sometimes this must end

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