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DeMbare pay to retain Mumba

Itai Dzamara

DYNAMOS swiftly acted to prevent the departure of Zambian coach Keegan Mumba – possibly to champions Highlanders – by offering him a huge package, investigations by Independ

entSport have revealed. Mumba (40) announced two weeks ago that he would quit DeMbare when the season ends this month, thereby terminating a contract running until December next year.

Bulawayo giants, Bosso immediately showed interest in the Zambian mentor, who is understood to have agreed to enter into negotiations as soon as he was out of Dynamos.

That prompted the interim executive at the popular Harare side to offer him a monthly salary of $1 million, a fully-furnished house and a car.

Previously, Mumba has been earning a monthly salary of $250 000.

Highly-placed sources at Dynamos revealed that the interim Dynamos executive held an emergency meeting with Mumba as soon as they learnt about his intentions to quit.

The meeting achieved desired results as Mumba backtracked after being offered $1 million.

Mumba confirmed on Wednesday that he had been approached by a number of teams which probably prodded Dynamos into swiftly revising his package.

“Of course, the interim executive made frantic efforts to improve the situation regarding my welfare as well as my income,” said Mumba who wouldn’t comment on the exact figure. “But I decided to stay especially because of the overwhelming requests by Dynamos fans. It is true I had been approached by several teams but I find it difficult to move to Dynamos’ rivals (Highlanders).”

Bosso are said by insiders to be looking for a coach after another Zambian, Dickson Chama currently heading the coaching department, indicated that he won’t be with the Bulawayo giants next season. Bosso had promised Mumba “an attractive package” for him to join them next season in the event that he left Dynamos.

A journalist by profession, Mumba had become a favourite of DeMbare followers after transforming the side since he took over from Elvis Chiweshe in April. Chiweshe had struggled to stand the pressure that goes with the hot seat at DeMbare and was fired.

However, Mumba’s flame has been gradually fading and only last Sunday he guided his charges to a 1-2 defeat by Chapungu – the fifth this season that effectively dented their hopes for the championship.

The Harare giants were firmly in the run for the championship to end a five-year drought.

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