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Dembare Official Kit To Be Unveiled Soon

DYNAMOS Football Club have refuted widespread speculation that the kit (pictured) worn by players at their ongoing social responsibility programmes and training sessions is the official playing kit for the Harare giants.

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DeMbare Chairman Isaiah Mupfurutsa says Dynamos will, infact, unveil their official 2020 playing kits in the coming weeks.

The Premier Soccer League management recently revealed that the 2020 season is provisionally set to be played in a mini league “bubble” format.

The 21-time champions are ticking all the right boxes at a time when some financially struggling local clubs are feeling the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

But for the usually problem-ridden club, what was largely expected to be a tough year for them has in fact turned out to be a fairly smooth sail for the club, all thanks to principal sponsors Gold Leaf Tobacco.

The DeMbare boss clarified the matter, “Contrary to what most people think, the kit that was widely circulated on social media about two weeks ago is not the official kit that will be used by the team but it’s part of regalia that players will use during social responsibility initiatives.

“We are involved in so many social responsibility programmes in partnership with our sponsors RG-Gold Leaf Tobacco and our players must be identifiable when doing non-profit work in communities,” explained Mupfurutsa.

“The official kit will be unveiled in a few weeks.” 

“Now that football has been given the green light to resume, we are forging ahead with plans to unveil a brand manufactured official kit that will be used in the mini league format that is being proposed by the PSL,” he said.

Turning to the DeMbare/ RG-Gold Leaf Tobacco partnership that has seen the club resemble a smooth sailing ship, Mupfurutsa said the club was in a good space and would continue to strive to improve the welfare of its players.

“We are in a good space, we can’t complain. Our sponsors have been very generous by making sure we navigate through these difficult times as our players are paid on time and did not have to worry about pay cuts when other clubs were struggling to keep afloat.

“We are in the first two years of a five-year deal and the relationship between the club and our sponsors keeps growing,” he added.

DeMbare Sign Makanda Amid Mavhunga, Chadya Rumours

DYNAMOS have signed striker Tinashe Makanda (pictured centre) from arch-rivals Highlanders as the club continues to do business at a time when local football has been shut out by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Makanda’s contract with Bosso is said to have expired in June and the player was understood to have been angling for a move to FC Platinum.

But DeMbare acted swiftly and on Wednesday they signed the forward.

Sources in Harare also claim the Harare giants have also signed Triangle Utd talisman Trevor Mavhunga.

However, the club’s officials are not confirming the move.

Dynamos Secretary-General, Webster Marechera, who was pictured with Makanda in full DeMbare-branded regalia, tried to claim he was not aware of the developments.

“We have not signed Tinashe Makanda and Trevor Mavhunga,’’ he said. “We are not aware of those deals, maybe someone took the picture.

“We are not signing players.  Someone should have taken the picture and posted it on social media.  It’s social media stuff,” said Marechera.

Highlanders spokesperson, Ronald Moyo, could neither confirm  nor deny that Makanda has joined Dynamos.

“We are not commenting on that issue,” said Moyo.

The Glamour Boys have also been linked with Ngezi Platinum Stars goalkeeper Nelson Chadya.

Chadya, who was voted the Mhondoro team’s Most Improved Player after conceding 21 goals in 31 games while keeping 13 clean sheets last season is understood to be split between Dynamos and FC Platinum.

His contract with the Ngezi side expires at the end of the year.

Coach Rodwell Dhlakama has brought in former Triangle goalkeeper, Chang Marion, as well as Issah Ali from Yadah, to the club.

DeMbare’s first-choice goalkeeper, Simba Chinani, is targeting a move to Moroka Swallows of South Africa.

If Chadya eventually joins Dynamos, he will reunite with his former coach Ndiraya, with the duo having worked together for close to three years at Ngezi Platinum Stars.

The relative stability at the Glamour Boys has been attributed to their principal sponsors, Gold Leaf Tobacco.

“All the activities happening, and the stability we have at the club, wouldn’t have been there without the support of our dear sponsors, Gold Leaf Tobacco, though the RG brand,” said club executive chairman, Isaiah Mupfurutsa.

“This Is Your Captain Speaking…….”

“I would like to thank Gold Leaf Tobacco and all our other sponsors for taking care of our needs and our families too, that is the reason why some of us are doing what we are doing.

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“Having a good sponsor also helps players in motivating them. When people have money they are serious about their work

“I have played in South Africa and Zambia and picked a lot of lessons, in terms of career development, but I miss winning the league title. I decided to come back to Dynamos to win those titles.

“To then come back, after attachments outside the country and other teams on the local scene, and be handed the captaincy means the world to me.

“Such appointments, at a great team like Dynamos, come with increased responsibilities and I should state that I am ready for those responsibilities.

“I salute the technical team and the management who decided to give me this huge responsibility.

“I am ready for the challenge and, come the end of the season, we will be celebrating like we used to do back in 2012 and 2013.’’

“It has been long but I knew the very day I left the team that one day I would be back again,’’

“I believe the team has signed some of the most talented players we have in the country at the moment.

‘’You look at Juan Mutudza, Sylvester Appiah, King Nadolo and Tino Chiunye, to name just a few.

“Those guys are talented and it reminds me of the days when I first arrived at the team.

“Most of us were new but you would look at Denver Mukamba, Devon Chafa, Rodreck Mutuma and others and conclude that we were, indeed, bound to write a piece of history.

“That is the same feeling I have at the moment. But, hard work is everything. I have been telling the guys how we used to do extra training back then with amazing results.”

“We are looking forward to a great season. Our main worry is when the league will start.

“We are aware of the Coronavirus. We just hope they find the cure and just put this thing to end for good.

“We actually can’t wait for the season to start.”

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.’’

More Opportunites For Ndiraya In Belgium

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.