FORMER Young Warriors hitman Stewart Murisa could revive his faltering career at Dynamos after training with the struggling Harare side last week as the unsettled striker desp
erately looks for a new base.
The 1996 soccer star of the year last week trained with Dynamos, stirring speculation Murisa could be headed for a second stint with the club that revived his career after an indifferent stint at former South African premiership side Wits University, relegated to the country’s lower Mvela Golden league.
The injury-prone Murisa has also been linked with local premiership returnees Buymore after his contract at Wits was not renewed.
However, sources close to Murisa said the bustling striker would rather rejoin Dynamos if he did not clinch any deal in South Africa regardless of the financial crisis at the rebuilding Harare side.
Murisa, who went to South Africa after helping Caps United clinch the premiership title in 1996, first joined Dynamos in the 2001 season before moving to Highlanders for a short stint from where he got a chance to revive his career across the Limpopo.
Dynamos chairman Morrison Sifelani however tried to play down the speculation over Murisa’s desire to return to the struggling former champions.
“We always have South African-based players training with us when they are on their off-season down south. But if any of them wants to join us, we will look at them before the closure of the mid-season transfer window. We will sign any player who is above average,” Sifelani said yesterday.
While Murisa move is still uncertain, there is no doubt he could have imparted a few tricks to Dynamos strikers during training last week as the Harare giants brace for a tough encounter against archrival Highlanders at Rufaro this Sunday.
Despite both teams struggling to keep their reputation in the Buddie Premier Soccer League race, the battle between Dynamos and Highlanders still remains the biggest fixture in Zimbabwean football.
While the country’s best-supported teams have virtually been donating points to the opposition, and strengthening the credentials of championship contenders Caps United and Motor Action, the only exciting thing that is left about this fixture is the adrenalin of both sets of supporters that always rises to boiling points whenever the two rival sides clash.
Bosso are playing slightly better than the Glamour Boys and could collect all three points come Sunday, but their strike force’s lack of teeth is a worrying factor for coach Dick Chama.
If the DeMbare crowd fully get behind their side, the Harare side may have an edge, but Highlanders always enjoy a fair share of support in the capital. Dynamos will have to look elsewhere for inspiration, with players like unsettled midfield anchor Leo Kurauzvione, linkman Mtshumayeli Moyo and forward Norman Maroto having to carry the burden to deliver for DeMbare.
No one is having a blinder for Highlanders so far this season, but young linkman Honour Gombami and goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini are sources of strength for the former champions from Bulawayo.
Buddie PSL fixtures:
TOMORROW — Railstars v Sundowns (Barbourfields), Eiffel Wildcats v Lancashire Steel (Rimuka), Motor Action v Shabanie Mine (Sakubva)
SUNDAY — Masvingo v Caps United (Mucheke), Monomotapa v Black Rhinos (Sakubva), Amazulu v Hwange (Luveve), Chapungu v Buymore (Ascot), Dynamos v Highlanders (Rufaro).