|Chinyama deal not yet done|
|Thursday, 21 June 2012 12:00|
TAKESURE Chinyama’s handlers say the striker’s move to South Africa league champions, Orlando Pirates, is not yet a done deal. The big Dynamos forward has been linked to a number of clubs in the Absa Premiership and this week reports emerged that he is set to clinch a deal if he passes medical tests.
But his manager Kenny Mapeza, said while the Happy People have shown interest in the player, they haven’t agreed anything in principle.
“There is a strong possibility but you never know in football. They are keen on securing his services. But it is still off season. Probably this coming month we will see if we can tie a deal in principle. It is not a deal done yet but there is a strong possibility.
“We don’t have anything tangible and all the reports on medicals is merely speculation,” said Mapeza.
Mapeza, said the Orlando Pirates official Screamer Tshabalala, who came to watch the striker in action when Dynamos beat Hwange 4-2 at Rufaro was clearly impressed.
“By the time I took him to the airport he was impressed but the decision doesn’t lie entirely with him,” said Mapeza.
Since returning from his stint in Europe, Chinyama is enjoying his football at Dynamos where he has scored some crucial goals for the club in the Champions league and the league.
But away from speculation over the future of the Dynamos chief striker, the full league programme resumes this weekend with log leaders Highlanders making their second trip to the capital for a date with Motor Action at Rufaro.
In their first outing here in May, the pacesetters, returned to Bulawayo with maximum points when they gave Black Mambas a 3-1 hiding at Morris Depot.
The team, which was held to a goalless draw by Chicken Inn before the break, would be hoping to maintain their form which has seen them winning seven of the nine matches they have played and drawn twice.
They are the only team still unbeaten in the league.
Bosso’s Zambian coach Kelvin Kaindu has however, refused to get carried away insisting they respect Motor Action and are aware of the threat posed by the Mighty Bulls.
“It is good that the league is on again. Every team was on break and I think it won’t affect our rhythm. We know they (Motor Action) are a good side and are former champions. They play good football, we play attacking football and it will be an entertaining game,’’ said Kaindu.
The Zambian mentor attributed his team’s success to teamwork and said everyone in the team has the ability to score goals and the burden is not entirely placed on the strikers.
“The performance of the players has been good in all the departments and that is why we are doing well it is teamwork.
“If you look at the scoring charts you will find all the departments have a good number of scorers so everyone can score,” said Kaindu.
However, the coach who is in his first year in charge at the Bulawayo giants chose to downplay the club’s resurgence and success and said he is building a team for the future and are not focused on the league title following a five year drought. We are building a team. Highlanders haven’t been performing well but have started well this season. For now we are not talking about the championship but rebuilding the team,” said Kaindu.
The team is built around midfielders such as Simon Munawa, Innocent Mapuranga and Peter Moyo while strikers Graham Ncube, Masimba Mambare and Heritani Masuku have also been weighing in with crucial goals.
Former Mwana Africa player Ncube appears to have struck a rich vein of form at Bosso and while last year he managed to score eight goals the whole season he has already scored five goals this season.
Quelaton will also be seeking to beat Hardbody in Philani Ncube’s first assignment after taking over as head coach.
Saturday: Chicken Inn v Hwange (Luveve), Motor Action v Highlanders (Rufaro), Harare City v Black Mambas (Gwanzura).
Sunday: Gunners v Dynamos (Larfarge), CAPS United v Buffaloes (National Sports Stadium), Quelaton v Hardbody (Luveve), Shabanie Mine v Monomotapa (Maglas), Blue Rangers v FC Platinum (Gwanzura).