DYNAMOS Football club coach Tonderai Ndiraya faces a mental battle in the next three days as he ponders on the future of hospitalised captain Partson Jaure** in his squad for the first half of the 2020 season, at least.
As revealed last week in Avondale, Dynamos currently has 26 senior players and 4 juniors earmarked for registration at the Premier Soccer League offices (see list below).
Already, striker Nigel Katawa was missing from the list that Dembare revealed to the public at the Sales and Marketing function, with reports suggesting that he is set to join a top-flight club in Russia soon.
But the Premier Soccer League requires that all top-flight clubs register a maximum of 30 players inclusive of 25 senior players and 5 U20 players, meaning that Ndiraya still needs to strike off at least one more player from his senior players’ list to comply with the required number.
Utility player Godknows Murwira** appeared on the list though Dynamos has already decided against registering him for the first half of the season as he is battling a knee injury that he sustained during his time at Ngezi Platinum Stars.
Murwira has been a notable absence from the Dynamos’ pre-season training sessions including bonding sessions and the Dynamos technical team has decided to give him some bit of time to fully recover.
Murwira is an FC Platinum player who joined Dembare in July last season on a one-year loan and Dembare decided against risking the player for the final six months of the loan deal.
So as things stand, Dynamos’ senior players list has a full complement of 25 players, inclusive of the bed-ridden Jaure.
Jaure was involved in a nasty road accident early on Sunday morning near Prince Edward School and was rushed to Parirenyatwa with suspected serious head injuries.
Team Doctor Musara recently revealed that Jaure suffered a tear of the skull and sources last night say he was set to be sent for an operation of the head.
Dynamos chairman Isaiah Mupfurutsa, though diplomatic, hinted that the player will most certainly be away from the field for a “considerable” amount of time.
“Look, we are constantly getting feedback and guidance from the doctors. There was talk about going to the theatre but that decision ultimately rests with the Jaure family.
‘What we know, as a club right now is that our captain may not be ready to play again in some considerable amount of time.
“However, as Dynamos Football Club, we continue to stand by his side, footing all the bills and hoping he will get better soonest and back on to the field of play,” he told the media at Parirenyatwa last night.
Therein lies Ndiraya’s predicament – does he keep his captain on the list knowing he may not return to the field soon, but doing it all out of goodwill for a helpless victim?
Or does he go the radical way and omit him from the final list and sign a potential replacement for now, and possibly retain him in the second half of the season, that is if he recovers fully? This obviously with possible consequences of the wrath of sympathisers who will accuse Ndiraya of the proverbial ‘hitting a man when he is down’?
Clubs have an option to register less than 25 seniors and possibly use up the vacant slots when signing unattached players in the course of the season.
Ndiraya will, however, not face any problem with his juniors’ list as he may choose to keep his four rookies as they are, or to add one more.
With the PSL first transfer window set to close at midnight next Tuesday, it will be of great interest to fans, media and observers whether Ndiraya will keep Jaure on his list or he may provisionally leave him out to sign another player.
The local football season, just like all other leagues across the world, are currently in limbo due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and a plus for Jaure is that the 2020 season is not pencilled to begin any time soon. The more the season gets delayed, the more days and chances he gets to recover and increase his chances of a return to the field.
We believe Ndiraya should bite the bullet and leave out Jaure, at least for the first half of the season. This may not be a popular choice, but very necessary given the circumstances.
We also urge Ndiraya to leave out rookie Jinja Tanyaradzwa**, the fourth goalkeeper on the list, and get two more good outfield youngsters from our lower division team, that are competent enough to add firepower to the team when needed.
Its not a good time to be in Ndiraya’s shoes right now. But great coaches have been known to have made bold decisions at some points in their career, and reaped rich rewards eventually from thence.
DYNAMOS FC PROPOSED SQUAD
1. Appiah Sylvetser
2. Chidhobha Tanaka
3. Chinani Simbarashe
4. Chisi Tawanda
5. Chiunye Tinotenda
6. Dhemere Kudzanai
7. Diya Munyaradzi
8. Eonde Albert
9. Jalai Emmanuel
10. Jaure Partson**
11. Madzokere Byron
12. Maliselo Ali Joseph
13. Manenji Albert
14. Mangala Ngandu
15. Mawadza Munyaradzi
16. Mawarire Takunda
17. Mhlanga Nkosilathi
18. Muringai Tinotenda
19. Murwira Godknows**
20. Mushunje Barnabas
21. Mutsetse Lennox
22. Mutudza Juansmith
23. Mvula Tymon
24. Nadolo King
25. Selemani Jarrison
26. Temwanjira David
26. Jinja Tanyaradzwa**
27. Magwaza Tendaishe
28. Musandurwa Panashe
29. Rateiwa Kelvin