Mutasa, Murape sacked

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Dynamos assistant coach Murape Murape (left) and coach Lloyd Mutasa

Castle Lager Premier Soccer League giants Dynamos have fired coach Lloyd Mutasa and his assistant Murape Murape.

BY Tawanda Tafirenyika

Dynamos assistant coach Murape Murape (left) and coach Lloyd Mutasa
Dynamos assistant coach Murape Murape (left) and coach Lloyd Mutasa

The two were dismissed for different reasons, with Mutasa getting the boot over “poor results”, while Murape was sacked over comments he made in the Saturday issue of NewsDay.

Mutasa will stay on in his position, but he was told at a meeting with the club executive yesterday that they were on the prowl for a new coach and were looking for a foreign mentor to take over.

The same club management experimented with Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva at the start of the season, but it brought a disastrous outcome with the team winning just one of their first five matches before the coach was dismissed.

During Mutasa’s tenure, Dynamos collected 30 points from 18 matches, while Highlanders garnered a point more with Caps United and FC Platinum taking 33 and 34 points respectively.

Murape’s dismissal was effective from yesterday and he will not be part of the technical team when the Glamour Boys take on Tsholotsho in a league match this afternoon.

He was appointed as Mutasa’s assistant in May this year and has been outspoken even against his bosses.

“We met with the technical team and agreed to go our separate ways,” DeMbare president Keni Mubaiwa said.

“We have already started looking for a new coach. We want a foreign coach to take over, but in the meantime we have parted ways with assistant coach Murape Murape, the reason being the comments he made in the Saturday issue of NewsDay. We are not happy with what he said, so we asked him to leave. Mutasa stays for now, but he is aware we are looking for a new coach because the results under him have not been good.”

In the article, Murape criticised the club management over failure in the transfer market where he said the club only relied on freebies.

Murape’s rant in that interview with NewsDaySport followed DeMbare’s loss to Highlanders, which extinguished the team’s chances of winning the league title.

Dynamos trail log leaders FC Platinum by 12 points and second-placed Caps United by 11 points with seven matches left in the campaign.
“In terms of quality, we have to be honest enough and agree that we don’t have enough quality to challenge for honours.

“Some of the players are not Dynamos material. Some don’t have a strong mentality and that commitment that is needed at Dynamos. We have to be honest and all agree because that is the reality,” Murape said.

“There are players who come here and believe everything will just happen for them easily. We have numbers, but how many of them can actually produce results for this team — players who are strong enough mentally and physically? To be a Dynamos player, you need to work hard, to be disciplined, committed and to sacrifice.”

He said, unlike in the past, Dynamos no longer appeal to quality players, most of whom now opt to join rival teams where financial rewards are better.

The club, reeling under a financial crisis, has in recent times been gazumped to the signatures of notably Archford Gutu, Abbas Amidu and Ronald Chitiyo by rivals Caps United and Harare City.

“All the good players in the land are opting to go to other teams, which are offering them more money and we are left to sign free agents. It’s now up to Dynamos (management) to look for ways to keep the club competitive on the market. In the current circumstances, I think we should revive our junior policy and build our team from there,” Murape said.

20 COMMENTS

  1. It breaks the team spirit, why such a reckless comment to a newspaper.Soccer is a short time career ,so why should someone play for too little?So that tomorrow someone becomes a beggar because he had been loyal to a club.idzo pfungwa dzekuda kushandirwa mahara dzichatisvitsa kupi?

  2. Mudhara Mubaiwa tinyarewo hanty where are the coaches going wrong ??? you better stop yo idea of a foreign coach coz it doesnt wek wat happened to Silva , this you clearly know . The problem is with you MUBAIWA you are the worst Dynamos President since 1963 leave the club & get lost wakabata Pasuwa na Ndiraya rough thats why the club is now being haunted becoz they were the sons of Dynamos . This must click into yo head that DYNAMOS is much much bigger than yu

  3. the problem now with our technical advisors is that they do not want people who open up their can of worms such as Murape and Mutasa .Please Mubaiwa respect the supporters views and give these guys time to prove themselves

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  6. Murape is right . There are no quality players at Dynamos. Who can you say ia a player at Dynamos at the moment ?

  7. Mubaiwa yu are killing the team manje tikajamuka muground hamumupinde nekuti wakuti jairira Foreign coachh wei iwe uine mumwe akauya akaita 3 points in 5 matches be-careful.

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  9. Mr Mubaiwa you’re killing our beloved team. This is a gigantic failure for you. Have guilty conscience please and do the right thing before football fanatics turn violent against you. This is football and not corruption, mediocrity, favouritism, abuse and barbarism to say the least.

  10. Mubaiwa is a sniper, surely he fires. but is wat Murape said wrong? does dynamos have quality players? I am a makepekepe but I see dynamos issue with interest. can anyone name 4 players in the dynamos squad who are dynamos material? anaMubaiwa shud stop hiding behind a finger and accept reality, he has failed

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