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RODERICK MUTUMA was heading back home last night amid g indications that the Zimbabwe international could bounce back at Premiership champions Dynamos after falling out of favour with South African outfit Bloemfontein Celtic.

Mutuma has been released from his contract with Celtic “on mutual consent” and is now on a fresh club-hunting mission.

The player’s manager Edzai Kasinauyo, speaking from South Africa, yesterday confirmed that Mutuma was heading back home and gave the gest possible hint that the 25-year-old striker could revive his romance with Dynamos.

Kasinauyo also indicated that Mutuma, the 2011 Castle Lager Premiership Golden Boot award winner, could yet find a different team in the South African top-flight but that would have to be in June when clubs in that country go on the market in full throttle.

The former Warriors midfielder and Harare businessman said although they were still to finalise on Mutuma’s next move, “what is critical is that he has to get back to playing football again”.

“Roderick is coming back home. He is now a free agent which means he can join a team of his choice any time if he secures a deal.

“As a player what you need is to play football regularly. Although he is coming home and wants to play for Dynamos again, there seems to be some interest from some other South African clubs . . . I have spoken to three teams who are saying they are keen on taking him.

“So we are weighing the options that are available and see whether if he is to play in Zimbabwe does he play until June? But now we don’t want a situation where he plays briefly in Zimbabwe and leaves, he would have to give a season’s service.

“It is something that I would have to further discuss with the player because we cannot wait for something that is not there or which is not confirmed yet and which might not materialise because if nothing comes up in June it might mean that he spends much longer time on the sidelines,” Kasinauyo said.

Kasinauyo reckoned that Mutuma had just been unlucky with his initial stint in South Africa but remained optimistic that the former Sporting Manhenga forward will eventually explode.

“I think he has just been unlucky but he has great potential and I believe he can pick himself up again. Sometimes certain things work sometimes they don’t and sometimes you just need the club but we will push hard to get something good for him again,” Kasinauyo said.

Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa whose strike force has been the team’s Achilles’ Heel said last night he would gladly welcome Mutuma back to the Harare giants.

“Players like Mutuma have always been our sons and we will welcome him anytime and he will no doubt add to our depth,” Pasuwa said.

Pasuwa currently has the quarter of Simba Sithole, the injury-prone Clive Kawinga, Farai Mupasiri and Patrick Khumbula as the natural strikers at his disposal. DeMbare will host ZPC Kariba at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday and their team manager Richard Chihoro said yesterday they would not treat the league’s newboys lightly.

History has taught the Harare giants some hard lessons as they have often dropped points against teams that are commonly viewed as the underdogs of the topflight and How Mine who made their debut in the Premiership were one of the teams that handed Pasuwa’s men defeats in the four games they lost.

Chihoro said ZPC Kariba, who drew 1-1 with CAPS United in their opening match of the season, are not to be taken lightly.

ZPC Kariba coach Saul Chaminuka has assembled a g outfit that is rich in experience as he has roped in some of the Premiership old horses like Norman Togara, Tawanda Nyamandwe, Limited Chikafa, Pride Tafirenyika, Caleb Masocha, Peter Muzondo, Ephraim Mwinga and David Rediyoni.

“ZPC Kariba could be new in the Premiership but they have some seasoned players in their team and a good coach as well in Saul Chaminuka. So to say they are minnows would be deceiving ourselves.

They were able to frustrate CAPS United in front of their supporters, hence they are not pushovers.

“We have to be g and up for it. Also judging from the first match we played against How Mine, it looks like this season will be tightly contested. However, we are keen to continue with our winning form following that victory in Bulawayo. We are happy with our team and it looks like we are improving and gathering the momentum with every game that we play,” said Chihoro.

There was good news in the Dynamos camp this week as most of the players like Tawanda Muparati, Murape Murape and Kawinga who were recovering from various injuries resumed training.

However, midfielder Masimba Mambare, who limped out of the Independence Cup semi-final tie against Highlanders, is still to regain fitness.

The club’s medical personnel have not aised how long he may have to spend in the sidelines.

DeMbare will take their training to the National Sports Stadium this afternoon.

The Harare giants took the decision to move from Rufaro and play their home matches at the giant venue this year in an attempt to evade high rates charged by the Harare City Council and the poor state of the artificial turf at Rufaro.

Sunday’s game, which will be their first league assignment at their new home ground this season, will gauge their supporters’ response to the shift from the traditional Rufaro home, which was more central and convenient to them.

There have been mixed views by their supporters over the decision to move from their Mbare home to the National Stadium but Chihoro said the team is keeping focused.

“I wouldn’t want to say much about the shifting of the venue because it was a collective decision by the club. As a team I don’t think playing at the National Sports Stadium would affect us, neither are we going to allow that.

“We are aiming to win each and every game that we play, whether at the National Sports Stadium or anywhere else. Our fans should come in numbers and we promise they will not be disappointed.

“Overall, I think we have done well as a team in most of the competitive games that we have played with the exception, of cause, of that Champions League match against AS Vita. We also want to appeal to our supporters not to boo at the players when things are not going on well because in football form can at times be lost,” said Chihoro.

Dynamos’ rivals CAPS United will seek a second chance to impress their legion of supporters when they engage last year’s runners up Harare City in a derby at Rufaro on Saturday.

Makepekepe had a difficult afternoon in their season opener when they had to come back from behind to share the spoils with newly promoted ZPC Kariba at Gwanzura last week.

Harare City will also be hard pressed for positive results as they seek to redeem themselves following a disappointing 3-0 loss away to Chicken Inn last week.



How Mine v Bantu Rovers (Luveve), FC Platinum v Hwange (Mandava), Harare City v CAPS United (Rufaro)


Highlanders v Shabanie Mine (Barbourfields), Triangle v Chiredzi (Gibbo), Dynamos v ZPC Kariba (NSS), Black Rhinos v Chapungu (Rimuka), Buffaloes v Chicken Inn (Sakubva)

Source : The Herald