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OUTGOING Dynamos captain Murape Murape’s wife has complained bitterly about the alleged ill-treatment of her husband and yesterday painted a grim picture of a financial crisis her family was facing while the Harare giants continue to owe their former midfielder money.

Amanda Murape yesterday came out of her shell and told of the problems that the former Dynamos captain has been facing since the Premiership champions decided against renewing her husband’s contract when it expired on December 31 last year.

Murape, Amanda claims, is still owed $6 000 in unpaid salaries and bonuses, some of it dating back to December 2013 when Dynamos won their third straight championship under his captaincy and under the guidance of former coach Callisto Pasuwa.

Amanda’s bitter complaints against the Dynamos executive came on the eve of a Labour Court case this morning in which the DeMbare bosses have to defend claims for outstanding salaries and bonuses by Pasuwa and his former assistant at the club, Philemon Mutyakureva.

Murape’s wife said although her husband had chosen to maintain his silence even when he was not amused at the breakdown of communication between the club he served with distinction, she felt compelled to come out in the open as her family was now facing eviction this week for failing to pay for their rentals.

“It is heartbreaking, hurting and sad as a wife of a footballer to sit and watch silently as they treat my husband like garbage after all those years of loyalty, dedication, commitment and sacrifice to the club. As his wife, I have contributed to his welfare to by supporting him emotionally and physically so that he performs well at work for Dynamos to be where it is today.

“I am appealing to Dynamos Football Club and the football world to look into this seriously. Since last December no one from Dynamos wants to talk to him, it’s almost three months now and yet they owe him,” said Amanda. Amanda said they were shocked to discover that Murape was penalised by his club for acting as the team captain in an incident in which the Harare giants complained bitterly against the conduct of referee Darlington Shonhiwa in a derby clash against CAPS United at the National Sports Stadium in July last year which ended 1-1.

She argued that Dynamos should not have passed the PSL fine to her husband as he had not acted in his personal capacity but was representing the club’s players who were on duty on that day.

“I see that Mr Mubaiwa and the management have no conscience at all. They also had no respect for our family Christmas as they gave us $150 for winning the league yet the other $1 250 was said to have been deducted for a fine that the club got from the PSL for an incident that took place between CAPS United and Dynamos.

“Whenever my husband tries calling them, they don’t pick up, they ignore him. My husband is a man of his principles, he has done a lot for the club. I feel even if they don’t need his services there is a better way of parting ways and honouring him. He is also a Dynamos son and deserves respect.

“Murape got seriously injured while preparing for a Champions League game in 1998 which left him permanently disabled on his right leg, everyone at Dynamos knows this well even the founding fathers, former coaches and former players too.

“I am not asking for much but respect for all Murape has done for Dynamos. They owe him money from unpaid signing on fees and bonuses from 2012, 2013, 2014 amounting to about $6 000 and as it is we haven’t paid school fees, rent and we are facing eviction. How do they think he is surviving,” Amanda said.

Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa last night, however, refuted allegations that they had turned their backs on Murape arguing that their former skipper “was free to come and discuss his case with the club management”.

“We have club offices at the National Sports Stadium and anyone who has a problem can go there and eventually we will deal with the matter.

“Murape has not contacted me directly but what surprises me is that he has gone everywhere to the Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture, zanu-pf and some individuals who have been calling me trying to find out what is happening between Murape and us. He must come to us and say you owe me so much and then we discuss and we can pay off whatever we owe if we have the money. If we don’t then we can make a payment plan and agree terms,” Mubaiwa said.

The Dynamos president said he believes that Murape’s bitterness with the club leadership was more about his desire to continue playing than a row over outstanding bonuses. “I think the problem is more out bitterness than anything else because Murape really wanted to continue playing football but that did not happen,” Mubaiwa said. DeMbare through Murape and striker Roderick Mutuma accused the referee of verbally abusing them and even filed a police report against him.

The champions later withdrew the complaint, and even apologised to the match official over the incident.

Dynamos team manager Chihoro authored both the club’s complaint and the withdrawal of the case in which they also unreservedly apologised to Shonhiwa. In his complaint, Chihoro had listed three major incidents they were unhappy with, which they felt warranted sanctions on Shonhiwa from the zifa Referees Committee. “We write to air our displeasure over the conduct of Mr. Darlington Shonhiwa, who handled the match between CAPS United and Dynamos yesterday (July 13) at the National Sports Stadium. The following are our grievances:

“Our captain was threatened and yellow carded for enquiring on the referee’s decisions. The referee openly threatened and intimidated Dynamos FC players that if any one of them dared complain on his decisions, he would red card them.

“After the game, he insulted Murape and Mutuma (Rodreck) using abusive language, resulting in our players reporting the matter to ZRP officers who were present at the National Sports Stadium. The report was recorded under RRB 110 14.

“May you please look into this matter, we trust that you will give this matter your urgent and undivided attention,” wrote Chihoro.

Source : The Herald

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