Could this be the end of Mangombe? NOT AMUSED . . . Placard-waving Dynamos fans register their displeasure with Genesis Mangombe’s poor run of results during yesterday’s match at Rufaro

Eddie Chikamhi

Senior Sports Reporter

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DYNAMOS coach Genesis Mangombe was taken by surprise after experiencing, for the first time, the downside of being at the helm of the Harare giants, as disenchanted fans brandished placards and demanded his ouster through derogatory songs.

This is despite the Harare giants labouring to a win over Premiership new boys Arenel Movers at Rufaro yesterday.

The supporters were not happy with the slow start to the season and the fact that their three wins in the opening 12 games of the season have come against only the newly promoted teams.

The apparent breakdown of relations between Mangombe and the fans could have been stoked by an audio that has been attributed to the coach, in which he censured his critics to focus more on singing for the team rather than straying into coaching matters.

And yesterday, that Dynamos were winning for the first time after a barren run that had stretched four games inside a month, did not matter to the furious fans, who later barricaded the main exit demanding the coach’s head.

With tensions still unresolved in the Glamour Boys camp, Mangombe yesterday flatly denied the audio doing rounds among the supporters, which is believed to have infuriated the majority of them.

“Where was the audio coming from? Is there anyone who can justify that it is mine, also did I send it to their group with my number? I don’t know.

“So, some of these things are dubious and you don’t know where they are coming from. I don’t believe these are true supporters of Dynamos who are singing like that.

“That much I don’t know because I was surprised. I just saw the placards on the ground so I don’t know where they are coming from. I was just thinking of the game, not concentrating on the placards,” said Mangombe.

Captain Emmanuel Jalai managed to buy the fans’ loyalty for a moment with a fortuitous 15th-minute strike while Namibian forward Sadney Uri-Khob added to the tally, with his first goal in DeMbare colours, about seven minutes later.

Arenel Movers, however, gave the giants a huge scare late in the second half when substitute Adonice Nyoni headed home from close range in the 89th minute from a cross by Grey Kufandada.

Nyoni had barely been two minutes on the pitch after replacing Brian Jaravaza when the visitors upped the pressure on the Glamour Boys in the second half.

A sizeable number of fans continued to chant songs denouncing the coach long after the final whistle. Mangombe took responsibility for the team’s woes, but went on to express ignorance on what caused the vitriolic backlash.

According to the supporters who spoke to Zimpapers Sports, some of the anger stemmed from the fact that Dynamos have only managed to collect maximum points against newly promoted sides TelOne, Bikita Minerals, and Arenel.

The Glamour Boys are also set to benefit another set of points from the abandoned game against debutants Chegutu Pirates.

The placards were taken out the moment referee Tichaona Mbire blew his whistle to kick off the match and, as if on cue, the Vietnam stand suddenly erupted into the ominous song “Paumire pajama”, which when loosely translated means the coach is caught up in a complicated position.

Some of the messages on the placards read “12 games, 2 wins”, “Taneta kurova dzakabva kuD1” and “Paumire pakaoma”.

But Mangombe maintains he has not failed.

“You see, these are supporters, and in as much as we need them, I think if they are supporting their team. If a coach fails, he goes. Yeah, he is allowed to go.

“It’s not a problem coaching the team. But if the bosses are seeing something in you, it means they see progress in everything.

“It’s not for the supporters themselves to start to sing songs like that.

“It means there is a problem somehow, somewhere, and remember we were not losing games, and if after we won this game, the log standings have also changed.

“And, if we manage to get the points versus Chegutu Pirates again, we are in the top six. So, we don’t know what they want.

“At times you just have to please them by winning. But at times it’s a league with a lot of teams, with different philosophies. So, at times you miss winning the games because of some reasons which are beyond our control,” said Mangombe.

DeMbare are now 10th on the log standings with 16 points. They will move into sixth place if the PSL Disciplinary Committee rules in their favour in the abandoned game against Chegutu Pirates.

DeMbare were made to sweat for the win yesterday after getting their opener from an unlikely source, Jalai before Uri-Khob was rewarded for his hard work after rushing into the box and punishing the visitors for their poor defending from a tight angle.

However, Dynamos goalkeeper Martin Mapisa helped the giants survive a counter-attack with a double save in the 34th minute, denying Brian Ngwenya and Grey Kufandada from point-blank range.

Dynamos suffered a setback a few minutes after the restart when key midfielder, Ghanaian Frederick Ansa-Botchway, who was instrumental in breaking most of the opponents’ play, was hauled out injured.

Arenel were the better side in the second half as DeMbare were made to defend hard in the nervous final minutes of the game.

The Bulawayo side’s coach Farai Tawachera felt his team could have salvaged a point from the game.

He revealed that Arenel had endured a difficult journey to Harare after suffering breakdowns that led them to arrive in the wee hours of yesterday.

“I think we played very well. Tactically we were spot on. Yes, we conceded some early goals but we had talked about it that gentleman we are going into this game, we didn’t have a good travelling arrangement because we had a lot of breakdowns along the way. We got here I think around 2am.

“I will give thumbs up to my boys. It’s not easy to come here and play that type of football,” said Tawachera.

Midweek Results

Yesterday: Dynamos 2-1 Arenel Movers, Highlanders 1-1 Manica Diamonds

Wednesday: GreenFuel 1-1 Bikita Minerals, Hwange 0-0 ZPC Kariba, Yadah 1-1 FC Platinum, Bulawayo Chiefs 1-1 CAPS Utd, Simba Bhora 0-0 Herentals

TelOne 1-1 Chicken Inn, Chegutu Pirates 1-2 Ngezi Platinum Stars

Latest Standings

P         W       D        L        F         A         Pts

Manica Diamonds           13        8        2        3        15       9         26

FC Platinum                 13        7        4        2        20       10        25

Highlanders                 13        5        6        2        17       11        21

Chicken Inn                  13        5        6        2        13       9         21

Simba Bhora                 13        6        3        4        14       12        21

CAPS United                 13        5        3        5        16       12        18

Ngezi Platinum             13        4        6        3        13       12        18

Bikita Minerals              12        4        5        3        12       10        17

Bulawayo Chiefs            13        4        5        4        11       11        17

Dynamos*                   12        3        7        2        11       10        16

GreenFuel                   13        4        4        5        11       14        16

Herentals                    12        3        6        3        10       10        15

Yadah                        13        3        5        5        13       15        14

ZPC Kariba                   13        2        8        3        7         9         14

TelOne                       13        2        6        5        13       18        12

Chegutu Pirates*            12        3        2        7        8         13        11

Arenel Movers              13        1        7        5        7         15        10

Hwange               13           1              5              7              7              18           8

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