DYNAMOS coach Tonderai Ndiraya’s trip to Belgium is already going beyond his imagination as his host club KV Mechelen has organised visits for him at two other clubs in the Belgian Jupiler League.
Ndiraya, who flew to Belgium on Wednesday for an attachment that was initially set for just one Belgian top-flight side Mechelen, found that his hosts had also lined up visits for him to two other top clubs – Anderlecht and Genk.
Ndiraya, who is on his maiden tour in Europe, immediately got down to business with a familiarisation visit of the KV Mechelen training facilities hours after his arrival.
Although he had some qualms about the biting Belgian winter, Ndiraya said he was happy to have had more opportunities to visit and study the different club set-ups as this will equip him with varying approaches that he can use for the benefit of his beloved Dynamos in particular and the Young Warriors at large.
Stanza was also due to watch the first of the Belgian matches last night with KV Mechelen hosting Waasl Beveren at the AFAS stadium and paid tribute to consultant Gino Laureyssen and coach Valerie Billen who have been behind his trip.
“I have been provided with VVIP tickets for tomorrow’s match which kicks off at 2030 hours.
“In the morning I will attend the club’s academy training and get an appreciation of how they are operating from the Academy Director as well as Dennis Hendrickx, the club’s sporting director.
“Tomorrow morning I will travel to Genk another top-flight team to watch another training session. On Monday I will be at Anderlecht before coming back to Mechelen.
“I will spend most of next week at KV Mechelen before travelling for their away match on Friday. It is a very busy schedule for me and would like to most sincerely thank my club Dynamos FC, KV Mechelen FC, Genk FC, Anderlecht FC as well as Gino, Dennis Hendrickx and coach Vallery for this great opportunity they gave me to learn.
“Indeed, I am learning and I will come back home with a fresh mind and better football ideas,’’ Ndiraya said.
“The reception has been fantastic since the day I landed. I was driven straight from the airport to the small town of Mechelen where KV Mechelen is based. Michelen is a town in the famous Antiwerpen province.
“Gino, through coach Valerie Billen, who visited Zimbabwe some time last year, has been very supportive of my stay here so far,’’ Ndiraya said.
He also lauded the KV Mechelen technical director for the manner they had received him.
“Dennis Hendrickx, KV Mechelen’s sporting director, has also been very supportive and he is making sure that I am having access to all the team’s training facilities as well as attend the team’s training sessions.
“Yesterday (Thursday) I toured the team’s main pitch at AFAS Stadium as well as the academy facilities, today (Friday) I had the privilege of watching the team’s final training session before tomorrow’s (last night) home match against W. Beveren.
Dynamos Chairman Isaiah Mupfurutsa, whose Executive gave Ndiraya the blessings of the trip, described Ndiraya’s visit to Belgium as the start of bigger things to come in terms of “our technical partnerships with the Belgians’’.
Mupfurutsa believes that accessing the training venues and the technical departments of the three top Belgian clubs will stand Ndiraya and Dynamos in good stead ahead of the start of the 2020 season.
“It’s an intensive but very fruitful visit and we are happy for our coach and we believe we can only get better and benefit immensely from such partnerships.
“Talking to the coach you can understand what this means to him and to the club,’’ Mupfurutsa said.
Dynamos’ sponsors Gold Leaf tobacco through their RG brand have recently been flexing their financial muscle in the quest to help the Glamour Boys reclaim the championship by sponsoring a number of fresh initiatives rolled out by the Executive this year.