Dynamos to chop old guard

DeMbare suffered an embarrassing 6-0 thumping at the hands of African champions Esperance of Tunisia in the first leg of a Caf Champions League second round clash at Rades Stadium last week, resulting in the technical department and club executive pressing  panic buttons.

Veteran Murape Murape, captain George Magariro and right-back David Kutyauripo are set to be eased out as the club seeks to bring in young blood.
The transfer window re-opens on July 1.

Murape called time on his career after the end of the 2011 season but was persuaded to carry on. It now appears the sun will now set on his career.
By his own admission, Murape is past his prime, with reflexes slower than top-flight football demands. He has always told his team-mates that he is ready to quit if younger players can be brought in to replenish the squad.

Coach Calisto Pasuwa is sweating over his job after presiding over one of the club’s worst results in Tunisia, but while insiders told IndependentSport that the gaffer is looking at signing at least six new players once the transfer window reopens, he maintains he has a strong squad capable of landing silverware this term.

Dynamos secretary- general Raymond Kazembe admitted the need to refresh the squad, but while speculation is rife that plans to go on a spending spree had been triggered by poor results, he maintained that the plan had been hatched long before the poor results.

Dynamos won two and lost one of their first three league games. They accounted for Mozambique’s Liga Muculumana in the first round of the continental competition but lost the Independence trophy semi-final to Motor Action.

“The plan was there already.  We agreed that we would sign younger players during the mid-season transfer window,” said Kazembe. “It is cheaper to get players during that period. We are not only pursuing silverware but we are also looking at building a stronger side for the second half of the season and 2013. The team needs re-building and it should start now.”

Dynamos’ problems are not only confined to the pitch as the team has a divided executive that cannot agree on important issues.

Committee member Nyika Chifamba signed new players for the club, bringing in Arthur Kaseloka and Derrick Kabwe from Zambia. Chifamba has been demanding that the two players be fielded even before they are cleared by Zambian authorities. He belongs to an anti-Pasuwa clique and has been calling for the removal of the former midfield dynamo.

The team’s executive meets this weekend with the Tunisian debacle prominent on the agenda.

While Pasuwa’s post will come under discussion, some executive members insist the coach’s position is safe, at least for now.

From their junior ranks, Dynamos have unearthed national Under-20 player Farai Mupasiri whom the technical team are eager to ease into the first team as the season progresses. Mupasiri,  a winger, will replace Murape while Murape’s younger brother, Leroy, may come in as a defender.