DeMbare to tour Tanzania, Malawi

Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
Dynamos will embark on a two-week tour of Malawi and Tanzania as part of their pre-season training. The Glamour Boys were invited by Big Bullets of Malawi and Tanzania giants Young Africans for a series of friendly matches between the end of the month and early March. Club secretary-general Webster Chikengezha said DeMbare are likely to play two games in Blantyre and Lilongwe while in Malawi before they proceed to Tanzania where they will play three games. The hosts have undertaken to cater for the expenses of the two trips.

Chikengezha said the matches will provide them with the perfect platform they had wanted ahead of the new season as they seek a solid pre-season to build their foundation to challenge for the championship this year.

“We have received the invitations and we are hoping to go to Malawi by road and then fly to Tanzania from there, if it’s possible. We are still working on the logistics and the dates but this is going to be part of our pre-season.

“We have sat down with the coaches to discuss this tour and it seems they are very excited by these invitations. They had wanted a training camp and I believe this tour will serve the purpose,” said Chikengezha.

Dynamos have a new technical team led by Portuguese mentor Paulo Jorge Silva and they have made it clear they want the championship title this season. The Glamour Boys were dethroned by Chicken Inn who ended their four-year dominance of the domestic Premiership.

They have made their intentions clear by opening the purse and bringing in more than half-a-dozen new players to beef up their squad. Chikengezha also confirmed yesterday they had finalised deals with central defenders Liberty Chakoroma, who signed a one-year contract, and Jimmy Dzingai who will be with the Glamour Boys for two seasons.

“Those deals are done. We are only left with Archford Gutu. He should also have signed but there were few alterations that needed to be done pertaining the wording of some clauses in his contract.

“Otherwise everything has been agreed upon, including the figures,” said Chikengezha. Meanwhile, the ZIFA Appeals Committee have upheld the conviction of strikers Roderick Mutuma and Takesure Chinyama who were found guilty by the Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee late last year for their violent conduct in the Chibuku Super Cup final against Harare City.

The pair was fined $1 500 each and slapped with four-match bans in games sanctioned by the Premier Soccer League. The Appeals Committee, however, made slight alterations to the judgment by scrapping the fine and reducing the suspensions to three matches each.

The Committee made it clear that they did not condone the behaviour demonstrated by the players in the match after the pair charged at the referee and hurled insults at the official. “1. Each player is hereby banned from participating in 3 (three) consecutive PSL or officially sanctioned matches with effect from 18 January 2016.

“2. The players shall each pay 50% of the costs of the disciplinary and appeal hearings and neither player shall participate in any PSL officially sanctioned match even after serving the 3 (three)-match ban until such player has paid his 50% share of costs,” read part of the judgment.

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