Takudzwa Chitsiga Sports Reporter
PREMIERSHIP side Yadah Stars will have to come to the negotiating table with two of their highly-rated players — Roderick Mutuma and defender Dennis Dauda — whose contracts lapsed last year.
The pair will be joined by winger Moses Demera, who was on loan from Chicken Inn and is likely to retrace his footsteps back home. When contacted yesterday, Yadah coach Thomas Ruzive, said three of their senior players, including Mutuma and Dauda, are out of contract, but he indicated that they want to retain their services for this coming season.
“Demera is also out of contract after his loan deal from Chicken Inn expired at the end of last season,” said Ruzive.
Mutuma joined Yadah, who are owned by Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries founder Walter Magaya, during mid-season last year from Highlanders on a six-month contract.
The football-mad Magaya had to part with $4 000 for the six-month contract for the lanky player who went on to score two goals including the one which saved them from the jaws of relegation against his former side Bosso.
Dauda, on the other hand, had good performances for CAPS United in the Champions League before he had a fall out with both the technical team and the Makepekepe fans following a statement on his Facebook page, where he praised Yadah ahead of the two sides’ league clash.
The match at Morris Depot saw Yadah coming out victorious and a section of Makepekepe fans felt that the defender, who went on to cross the floor a few days later, had a sinister agenda.
After a debut season in which Yadah survived relegation by a whisker they will be expected to strengthen their team with names such as Tafadzwa Rusike, Devon Chafa and Moses Muchenje being tipped to be on their radar. Big goalkeeper Edmore Sibanda had also been linked with a switch to Yadah, but he opted to move to South African side Witbank Spurs.
During their first season in the top-flight Yadah brought in several top players like Wellington Kamudyariwa, Moses Gutu, Brian Chikwinya and Chicken Inn forward Demera, who was on loan but, they struggled in the later first half which saw them parting ways with coach Jairos Tapera.
After reassigning coach Tapera towards mid-season, Ruzive took over as the Yadah head coach and steered the ship from relegation and it was through a Mutuma strike that they beat Bosso 2-1 and to confirm their safety.
Highlanders had taken the lead in the first half through Ralph Matema before Jimmy Dzingai equalised for the home side shortly before half-time. However, Mutuma would decide the game shortly after the break when he headed home a cross from Denzel Savanhu, making a major contribution for the team.
Nomadic defender Dauda’s chances to remain at the team are high considering his relationship with club owner Magaya, whom he refers to as his father while Demera has worked with the team since his days at Gunners where he made a name as a lethal striker only to be converted to play as a winger.