Eddie Chikamhi Sports Reporter
DYNAMOS coach Paulo Jorge Silva regrets the scuffle he had with the ZBC crew at their training ground this week and has sought to put the sad episode behind him tomorrow as they engage ZPC Kariba in the quarter-finals of the ZNA Charities.
Silva yesterday apologised to the two journalists – Francis Nyamutsamba and Vivian Bangamu – and admitted the fracas was uncalled for.
He said it was a result of a misunderstanding after the crew started making video recordings without his consent.
“Firstly, I want to apologise for what happened at the training session (on Thursday). I didn’t want to harm the lady or anyone but it was only that I wanted to stop her from taking those video recordings without first getting approval.
“So I approached her with the intention to stop the recording, nothing sinister, and if any serious harm occurred to her, I am really sorry.
“I am also not against journalists vising our team at training but I thought we had agreed that we arrange one day for the media personnel to come and interact with us and if anyone has a pressing matter to report on, on any other day, they should call first,” said Silva.
The Portuguese coach was under fire from the media with the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists also adding their voice to condemn the attack on the media personnel.
Dynamos president Kenny Mubaiwa said they have since discussed the issue with their coach and have also apologised to the ZBC.
Mubaiwa said the club was not happy with the incident.
“What happened was bad for our image and we don’t want that. It’s unfortunate. When we heard about that incident we immediately called him for a meeting yesterday (Thursday) and reminded him that Dynamos is a big institution with a big reputation.
“We are a brand and we don’t want to tarnish our image with such issues. We have never experienced that before and we have since phoned the ZBC to apologise.
“The club also wants to extend the apology to the whole media fraternity and I am sure such things will not happen again.
“We believe he is a good coach but he should concentrate more on improving the team and leave us a good legacy rather than picking fights with the media. He cannot be in the papers every day for the wrong reasons,” said Mubaiwa.
Dynamos yesterday continued with their pre-season preparations when they held a double training session yesterday with their focus firmly on the ZNA Charity Shield quarter final against Sunday Chidzambwa’s ZPC Kariba.
The Glamour Boys trained at the match venue in the afternoon to have the feel of the artificial turf at Rufaro. DeMbare were finalists last year when they lost 1-0 to sworn football rivals Highlanders at Rufaro.
Silva said he is looking forward to instilling a winning mentality into his squad ahead of the new season and has made his intentions clear in this tournament.
DeMbare have a number of practice matches under the belt to date and they have been improving with each outing.
Takesure Chinyama has been struggling with injury and Silva yesterday had another concern after one of his rookies Musa Madhiri got a knock.
The 17-year old was still being monitored by the medical personnel and they were positive he should recover for the game tomorrow.
Silva said ZPC Kariba should expect a competitive game.
“I hear the ZPC Kariba gaffer is a former Dynamos player and coach and I have so much respect for him for that. He may have some inside knowledge of the team’s culture but I must say things have changed.
“Nobody (among the PSL coaches) right now knows how we play, it’s only me and Lloyd (Mutasa). We have introduced a new system of football which we will employ this season.
“So we should expect good football on Sunday and as Dynamos we look forward to winning,” said Silva.
ZPC Kariba are rebuilding under Chidzambwa and the former DeMbare and Warriors skipper has indicated he wants to use the match to gauge his side’s progress.
This will only be their second pre-season match after engaging Karoi United last week.
They have signed a number of players who include former Young Warriors skipper Wisdom Mutasa, Lincoln Zvasiya, Talent Chawapiwa, Timire Mamvura, Osborne Mukuradare, Godknows Mangani and Warriors fringe goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya.