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Chiweshe opts for fringe players

DYNAMOS coach Elvis Chiweshe has turned down an opportunity to shop for players from bitter rivals Caps United and Highlanders to beef up the depleted Harare outfit ahead of their African Champions League clash against TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo at the weekend.

DeMbare has been crippled by the suspension of seven key players, goalkeeper Washington Arubi, Ashley Rambanepasi, Benjamin Marere, Brighton Tuwaya, Farai Vimisayi, George Magariro and Dylan Chivandire.
Chiweshe has opted to travel with some of his fringe players although the club’s executive had secured the services of the trio of Highlanders’ Zephania Ngodzo, Caps United Stephen Alimenda and Mambas goalkeeper Willard Manyathela, who are all registered by Dynamos in the continental tournament.
The former Zimbabwe champions’ gaffer has decided to go against the wishes of his bosses and work with the resources that they have.
“We are leaving with 18 players and the only player that we are adding is Manyathela since we have only one goalkeeper, he has played for us before and he knows what we want, it’s easy for him to fit in.
“As for the other two, I heard about it just as you did, I didn’t know something like that was being organised but I am totally against it,” said Chiweshe.
“I do not think its right to bring in players we chased and failed to get during the transfer window.
“I have enough players, we have a big squad and any player who joins Dynamos expects to play, so this is an opportunity for some of the players that have not been getting chances.
“Definitely the suspensions dealt us a big blow but those are the laws of the game and that’s why you have to register many players.
“We have enough players to start and finish this kind of tournament and I can safely say we are ready for this challenge.”
DeMbare will be looking to resurrect their ailing campaign that already features two defeats anchoring Group A with just three points in a group that also includes Esperance, and Etente Setif of Algeria.
Chuchu, however, expressed optimism about their campaign noting that the fight was still on with a lot to play for in the money spinning mini-league phase.
For this particular match they will be banking on the experience of Desmond Maringwa and Eddie Mashiri in an otherwise inexperienced group.
Among other familiar names are Wonder and Phillip Sithole as well as full back David Kutyauripo.
The popular Harare giants are the only Zimbabwean representatives left in the African Safari with Caps, Lengthens and Gunners having since been booted out.

 

Kevin Mapasure

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