Augustine Hwata Sports Reporter
HARARE giants Dynamos yesterday sealed a deal to bring in utility player Oscar Machapa to boost their squad as they aim to defend their Castle Lager Premiership title. Fans will forever remember that afternoon in April 2009 when Machapa, playing for CAPS United, put on a vintage performance in the high-profile Harare Derby against Dynamos and virtually ended Sam Mutenheri’s career at the Glamour Boys.
Machapa was in such sizzling form that he reduced Mutenheri to a mere pretender for DeMbare.
Machapa’s joining of the blue army will fly as direct insult to their green rivals CAPS United — whom he turned out for before joining South African premiership side Moroka Swallows.
But the Dube Birds deemed Machapa as excess baggage to their personnel.
The player — who can operate either in defence or midfield — joined Swallows in 2010.
Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa yesterday confirmed that they had signed Machapa for an initial one-year period.
Mubaiwa said the deal was subject to review upon its expiry.
“We have signed a deal with Machapa. He will be with us for a year and then we will see how it goes,” said Mubaiwa.
Mubaiwa, however, could not reveal the figures involved in the deal, which is understood to be around US$7 000.
The DeMbare boss said his club still have open slots which they hope to fill during this mid-season transfer.
“So far we have agreed with Machapa and we should be continuing with negotiations for other players.
“Hopefully over the weekend we should have reached agreements.
“Our coaches told me that we have four slots that are open and now one of them has been filled,” said Mubaiwa.
Former CAPS United winger Tafadzwa Rusike has been training with Dynamos with the hope of turning out for them after he was off-loaded by Ajax Cape Town.
In joining Dynamos, Machapa becomes the fourth former CAPS United player in the squad this season after Washington Pakamisa, Clive Kawinga and Stephen Alimenda, who joined at the beginning of the season.