DeMbare fight on two fronts Genesis Mangombe

Eddie Chikamhi-Senior Sports Reporter

THE management at Dynamos was yesterday scheduled to meet and discuss the delicate in-house challenges that were exposed by the well-choreographed protests against head coach Genesis Mangombe at Rufaro on Thursday.

Mangombe was targeted by a larger section of placard-waving DeMbare faithful despite winning the midweek clash against newboys Arenel Movers 2-1.

Consequently, the Glamour Boys family will most likely be a fragmented lot when they travel to Zvishavane for a date against high-flying FC Platinum tomorrow where Mangombe and his charges will battle for points on the pitch, while the management grapples with another struggle to avoid the volatile situation at the club from spilling into total chaos. 

Analysts have pointed to deep-rooted divisions simmering in the DeMbare family, with some also suggesting that the midweek protests might have been sponsored considering the high-quality placards that were distributed to the fans in the stadium.

A high-ranking official yesterday said the team’s management had included the disturbances on the agenda of a meeting that was scheduled to take place later yesterday.

“The management is scheduled to meet and reflect on the game and plan for the coming assignment against FC Platinum in Zvishavane.

“Basically, this is a routine meeting that we hold each and every time.

“But then you cannot afford to ignore if there are issues like what happened at Rufaro on Thursday. We were all surprised by the turn of events because we did not expect things to go that direction since we are a family.

“What we want is unity as a team. So far, the club has not taken a position; everything will be dealt with at the meeting,” said the source.

The actions by the DeMbare supporters looked more like they were a culmination of simmering animosities.

Apparently, there are divisions over coach Mangombe with a section of fans fed up and desperately wanting to see his back, while the other half believes he still needs time to get his house in order after winning just three games, drawing seven and losing two in 12 starts.

There are also indications that Mangombe, who enjoys support from the board of directors, has divided opinion in the Dynamos executive.

But what is clear is that the environment is no longer conducive.

The discontented section of DeMbare fans made their feelings known from the start of the game against Arenel, denouncing the coach in songs and brandishing printed placards with a uniform message.

With his house divided, Mangombe knows it will certainly be difficult for him to psyche up his players and pull the team in one direction.  

“It’s going to be a tall order because when you think you are a family, then in the same family there are branches there, it means you need to make sure that these guys (the players) are psyched up mentally.

“You tell them you have to play football whatever the situation because at times it is going to be difficult when your own supporter is singing against you, when you are winning and at the same time you are leading 2-0, then they are singing against you.

“So, at the end of the day you don’t know what it means and what they really want.

“We will try and psyche the boys because we have a crucial game on Sunday . . . we need to be up there,” Mangombe said.

Dynamos are currently in 10th place with 16 points in the bag.

They could rise to sixth place if the PSL Disciplinary Committee rule in their favour as expected in the abandoned game against newboys Chegutu Pirates.

But the Dynamos fans are not happy that their team has failed against established teams, after managing to get maximum points only against the newly promoted teams TelOne, Bikita Minerals and Arenel.

Fixtures

Today: Bikita Minerals v Ngezi Platinum Stars (Sakubva), Chicken Inn v Chegutu Pirates (Luveve), Herentals v TelOne (Rufaro), ZPC Kariba v Yadah (Nyamhunga) 

Tomorrow: CAPS Utd v Simba Bhora (Rufaro), Arenel Movers v Bulawayo Chiefs (Luveve), FC Platinum v Dynamos (Mandava), Manica Diamonds v Hwange (Sakubva), GreenFuel v Highlanders (GreenFuel Arena)

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