May 28, 2024

DEMBARE CALL FOR TRUCE

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Eddie Chikamhi
DYNAMOS management has called for harmony in their family after a section of their supporters last week staged protests at Rufaro, calling for the ouster of coach Genesis Mangombe.
This comes as pressure has been mounting on the Glamour Boys, who have now fallen 10 points off the pace in the 2024 Castle Lager Premiership race.
Mangombe and his team have been criticised heavily after managing only four wins in 14 games, with the victories coming only against the newly promoted sides TelOne, Arenel Movers, Bikita Minerals and Chegutu Pirates.
A bigger section of the fans has laid the blame square on the head coach Mangombe and last week they created mayhem at Rufaro demanding his head, despite DeMbare winning their game against Arenel Movers.
DeMbare’s woes against established teams continued at the weekend when they fell 0-1 to FC Platinum at Mandava.
The Harare giants, who were handed maximum points from the abandoned match against Chegutu Pirates on a 3-0 scoreline by the PSL Disciplinary Committee last Friday, have now landed in seventh place, with 19 points in the bag.
Manica Diamonds continued to dominate the roost with a 1-0 win over Hwange, which catapulted them to 29 points. DeMbare fans are getting anxious their team could be losing grasp of the completion.
The club’s executive chairman Moses Maunganidze yesterday shared the same sentiments but remained optimistic. He called on the supporters to stop the protests against head coach Mangombe and give him time to turn around the fortunes.
“We know the expectations from the different facets of the club’s stakeholders, that Dynamos should always be among the top teams.
“We understand the frustration and if you look at it from another angle, the statements by the supporters could be valid because we should be competing at the top, that’s what we all want.
“So, as a club, we implore all our stakeholders to find each other so that we keep focused on attaining the goals we set out at the beginning,” said Maunganidze.
Dynamos have set themselves the target to win the title this year. But they have been struggling to win consistently. They are one of the teams with the highest number of drawn games in the league after seven of the 14 games ended in stalemates.
They will need to refocus in the coming FIFA international break, with tricky games against ZPC Kariba, Manica Diamonds, and GreenFuel awaiting them before the mid-season pause.
“This is a phase that we hope and believe will come to pass as soon as possible,” said Maunganidze.
“That is the reason we meet after every game to assess progress and make sure we don’t lose focus. Right now it doesn’t look like we have lost our way.
“The league campaign is a marathon and if we look at the games that have been played to date, we are still mathematically in the race for the championship.
“We are three games away from the mid-season break and if we win those games we could be talking of a different scenario altogether.”
However, there have been conspiracy theories that the protests against Mangombe could have been sponsored by disgruntled members within the leadership structures.
The protesting fans waved quality placards, which needed substantial funding, something that is beyond the average supporter in the street.
“I am not qualified to comment on the origins of the placards, also neither am I qualified to say whether there has been a third hand or that the protests were sponsored or not, as some might have suggested,” Maunganidze said.
“Dynamos is a big institution and it might not be prudent to start pointing fingers when we don’t have conclusive evidence to back the allegations.
“We know our supporters have their leadership structures and whenever things like this arise we always engage so that we remain united and focused on our goals as a team.
“Dynamos is not about individuals. No one is bigger than Dynamos. The main issue is we need to work together for the common goal of our club. We should be able to create a very good atmosphere for everyone so that we remain focused on our objectives.”
Meanwhile, the Premier Soccer League have slotted one game for this weekend, with Herentals hosting Bikita Minerals in a rescheduled tie to catch up with the rest of the teams.
Fixtures:
Saturday: Herentals v Bikita Minerals (Rufaro)

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