Tag: Coronavirus

ZUZE NEGATIVE TO COVID-19

THE late Dynamos Assistant coach Biggie Zuze had tested negative of the deadly Coronavirus a few hours before his death but health authorities are conducting another Covid-19 test before releasing his body for burial.

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Zuze, who complained of breathing problems, passed away at High Glen Clinic yesterday afternoon after a short illness.

He was 55.

Club Spokesperson Tinashe Farawo says the Covid-19 tests were mandatory and necessary.

“It was a sudden death so naturally in this day and age of the coronavirus, tests are necessary. But he tested negative when he was admitted. We are waiting for post mortem results.”

Farawo also spoke on burial arrangements

“Burial is likely to be in Bindura on Sunday. Burial arrangements will be clear after the post mortem,”

Mourners are gathered at Zuze’s residence in Harare’s suburb of Stoneridge pending finalization of burial arrangements.

 

DeMbare Set To Release Covid-19 Video

DYNAMOS Football Club have become the latest high-profile local football club to join the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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The Glamour Boys are set to release a Covid-19 awareness video next week.

Zimbabwe, along with most of the countries across the world, is in a national lockdown as authorities battle to contain the spread of the epidemic.

Several football clubs, including those in South Africa, have since launched initiatives aimed at fighting the pandemic.

And Dynamos have seen it fit to join forces with other international partners to battle the pandemic.

Team spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo (pictured) says the video is just the start of the vast awareness initiatives that they will be carrying out.

“The coronavirus epidemic is real and ought to be given the special treatment it deserves,” Farawo said.

“The fight against the disease is everybody’s responsibility. People have to support the authorities in fighting the epidemic.’’

“As Dynamos Football Club, we know that our business is solely dependent on a healthy society.’’

‘‘Our business has been impacted upon big time and we know that the sooner this is contained, the better for our business.’’

“This is one of the many reasons why we have decided to join hands with some partners to spread awareness about the epidemic.’’

“As we speak, we have already done a video jingle, which will be released next week. Our players, as well as other stakeholders, feature in that video. It’s all about awareness.”

Farawo said the team wouldn’t rush into doing any fund-raising initiatives but, instead, saw it fit to use their influence to spread the word.

“Our power is in numbers and, since we are one of the biggest teams in the world, this has driven us to choose the awareness route.’’

‘‘We are urging every member of society to play their role in complementing authorities’ efforts to stop the spread of the virus.’’

“Depending on the time the coronavirus scourge will be upon us, we will always revise our intervention strategies but, certainly, we have to play a role in the fight against the ailment.”

The Glamour Boys join rivals Highlanders, who have since launched a crowd-funding initiative aimed at raising funds for one of the coronavirus isolation centres in Bulawayo.

Bosso have already raised a significant amount. “The crowd-funding initiative is aimed at raising money to be given to one of Bulawayo’s coronavirus isolation centres.

‘‘We call upon people, and other football clubs, to join hands with us. Together, we will win the war against this pandemic,” said club spokesperson Ronald Moyo.

While Bosso are making progress, DeMbare have sought to play their role by carrying out awareness campaigns.

Videos of Dynamos players, including newboys Juan Mutudza and King Nadolo, talking about the scourge, have since gone viral after being uploaded on the team’s digital platforms.

The start of the 2020 Premiership season was postponed due to the pandemic.

Cameroonian Eonde Raring To Go

DYNAMOS Football Club new signing Albert Diego Eonde has refused to let the current Corona Virus lockdown dent his dreams and aspirations with the Glamour Boys for the upcoming season declaring he cannot wait to get onto the field of play.

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The Cameroonian, who is expected to lead the DeMbare attack in the coming season, arrived from rivals FC Platinum after winning two league titles on the trot with the Zvishavane-based side.

The 22-year-old hopes the good fortunes will also follow him to Dynamos who last won the league title in 2014 under Kallisto Pasuwa.

“My dream is always to play for a club and achieve something and I think with FC Platinum I did that by winning trophies.

“I won two league titles with FC Platinum and I believe the trend can still continue. With hard work and commitment everything is possible and we have a very good team for that,” said Eonde.

“I have received a warm reception from the Dynamos family, starting from the executive, coaches and players. I really appreciate it, I feel at home.

“It’s a great feeling. As we all know Dynamos is the biggest club in the country and that has always been my wish to play in a big club and I’m grateful to be part of it, “ said Eonde.

His job description, according to the DeMbare technical team, is simply to score goals and help the team recover from years of poor fortunes.

DeMbare finished ninth in the race last year and had a very poor conversion rate which was even worse than all the relegated sides.

Dynamos’ 28 goals in 34 games were only better than that of Black Rhinos (26) and Manica Diamonds (25).

Eonde, who had six goals in the bag for the champions FC Platinum, has since embraced the challenge.

He was the leading scorer at the platinum miners last year but he will still have the extra burden of living up to the standards set by his compatriot Christian Ntouba Epoupa, who had illuminated the domestic Premiership with his goal-scoring prowess during his season-long stint at Harare giants in 2017.

Epoupa literally carried DeMbare on his shoulders in that campaign and came just short of challenging for the Golden Boot award with his 12 goals, which also earned him a place among the Soccer Star of the Year finalists.

“No I don’t feel any pressure on that. My only wish is to always give my best in the field, do my job well and enjoy football by helping the team to reach our objectives.

“I’m hoping for big things, working hard with the team to reach our objective which is to win the league and I personally want to help the team by scoring goals whenever I get the opportunity.

“My message to the fans is that, I promise to always give my best in the field, to work hard for the team and make them proud. I also like to thank my manager Gilbert Sengwe for supporting me all the time,” Eonde said.

Eonde arrived in Zimbabwe in 2018 with a lot of expectation. After joining FC Platinum together with Shadreck Mayembe from Zambia, there was pressure on the two expatriates to make a difference but the bar was always high.

His two-year contract was not renewed by FC Platinum this season and DeMbare pounced on the opportunity.

The Glamour Boys coach Tonderai Ndiraya has faith in the striker.

“Albert is a player with a lot of potential, hopefully this year he will score the goals that we are looking for as a team,” said Ndiraya.

“He is coming from FC Platinum and hopefully he will be a good buy for us.”

His debut for Dynamos has since been delayed by the outbreak of the coronavirus. The Premiership was supposed to start last month but the league has been forced to delay the announcement of the dates because of the coronavirus lockdown. Players are currently training in isolation.

“Tragically, it has affected a lot of things worldwide especially for us it has delayed the league as we were looking forward to start it.

“But we are still training individually following the programme dressed by our coaches to keep fitness level and others,” said Eonde.

A former Cameroon youth international, Eonde started his professional career at the age of 16 with lower-tier side Vipère de Ndiki, where he scored 17 goals in 20 appearances in the 2014-15 season.

He then joined Cameroonian giants Coton Sport Garoua, where he also excelled before moving to rivals Canon de Yaounde. This was followed by a short stint in Thailand where he played for second-tier clubs Pattaya United FC and Rayong FC.

DeMbare have been taking the gamble with the West African players following the big impression made by Epoupa in 2017.

But after Epoupa, the experiment with Claude Junior Ngahan and former Cameroon Under-23 midfielder Vincent Mbega did not work out well last year.

PSL Lockdown Worry Dembare Over Budget

HARARE giants Dynamos Football Club say the Coronavirus lockdown that has caused the postponement of the start of the 2020 Premier Soccer League is set to impact heavily on the club’s budget for the season.

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The PSL yesterday officially wrote to clubs informing them of the postponement.

“The Premier Soccer League hereby announces the postponement of the start of the 2020 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League until further notice.

“This, following the National Address by His Excellency President Emmerson Munangagwa issued on Tuesday 17 March 2020, the government has suspended all public events, gatherings and activities of more than 100 people for the next 60 days.” read the statement.

The Glamour Boys say they are now forced to go and take another look at their budget following the unexpected extension of the pre-season.

Club Chairman Isaiah Mupfurutsa while welcoming the government move, however bemoaned the adverse effects the coronavirus lockdown had on his team’s preparations.

“We started preparing for the season in January, with a certain schedule, as we anticipated that the league matches would start in March,’’ said Mupfurutsa.

“So, we invested a lot in the pre-season, beginning with the acquisition of the players.

“We also had training camps and team-building exercises. But the postponement means we have an extra two months of pre-season and more resources will be needed.

“As it stands, we cannot break training because we don’t know when this problem is going to be over.

“We need to keep our players fit, so the coaches will work on that.’’

Fortunately for Dembare, their current sponsor Gold Leaf Tobacco, through the Rudland & George brand, have pledged to continue taking care of all players’ salaries even during the duration of the lockdown as part of their 5-year sponsorship deal.

In the past, Dynamos used to rely entirely on gate takings for players’ salaries and bonuses.

“These days, gate takings only supply us with  our supplementary income, so when there are no games like this it means we have no additional income to take care of some of the operational costs that we meet every day,’’ the DeMbare boss said.

“This lockdown will also affect our sponsorship as well because our budget runs for a year. If we spend more on this pre-season, it actually means we are now eating away a chunk of our budget for the next season.

“And, the fact that there are no games going on, our sponsors will not be able to get mileage.

“It’s the same with the PSL sponsors.’’

Coronavirus Grounds Dembare’s Regional Trip

THE scourge of the deadly Coronavirus has forced Dynamos FC to cancel their trip to Mozambique where they were scheduled to play in a 3-team tournament against top-flight sides UD Songo and Ferroviario.

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Most global sporting events have been put on hold as the world battles to minimise further infections of the Covid19 disease.

And Dembare have taken the precaution not to travel to Mozambique to protect their players and officials from possible contact with the virus.

Team spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo (pictured), though disappointed with the aborted trip, however made it clear that they were very happy with their preparations so far.

“We were supposed to be playing international friendly matches with Mozambican teams after they invited us some two months ago,’’ said Farawo.

“Unfortunately, there have been some issues and the outbreak of the global coronavirus pandemic has not helped matters either.

“It was the executive’s wish to give the team a chance to play against high-profile opponents outside the country but we couldn’t.

“You would also appreciate the health issues, caused by the outbreak of coronavirus, at the moment.

“The world over, sporting activities have been suspended and unnecessary travelling has also been put on hold.’’

Recently Dembare also withdrew from a four—team tournament that they had been invited to take part in, last month in Blantyre Malawi with their slot being eventually taken by Chicken Inn who went on to win the tournament.

However, Farawo said they were happy with the state of the team.

“The team is in good shape. They are training well and we have played more than three friendly matches, as well as several training games,’’ he said.

“We have signed the best players in the league and we believe they will deliver as we are targeting to finish the season in a respectable place.

“We respect our technical team and we have supported them. We will continue giving them the necessary support for them to have what they want.”