Gutu in DeMbare comeback?


Grace Chingoma Senior Sports Reporter
FORMER Dynamos midfielder Archford Gutu is likely to make a comeback to his old club, if attempts to take him to a foeign team fail, and boost a side which recently lost the influential Ronald Chitiyo.

Gutu made the biggest indication that a reunion was possible when he trained with the Glamour Boys yesterday.

The midfielder left DeMbare in 2012 for Swedish top-flight club Kalmar.

However, Gutu is back home after his three-and-half-year contract with the Swedish side expired last December.

Last season he was on loan in Sweden with Division One club Vernamo.

And it appears the Zimbabwe international midfielder has set his sights on returning to his roots.

Yesterday, Gutu made his first appearance at the Dynamos training session and he quickly impressed the new technical department.

Sources close the player said negotiations have already been opened between the players’ management team and the club.

Dynamos assistant coach Lloyd Mutasa said Gutu was training with them just like other players such as midfielder Nathan Ziwini, former Free State Stars defender Liberty Chakoroma and former Triangle defender Jimmy Dzingai who are being assessed by the club.

The player’s manager, Calvin “Currypie” Nyazema, said they haven’t started any negotiations with the club and they were in talks with five clubs outside the country.

It is believed that African champions TP Mazembe are interested in his services.

“There is nothing concrete at all and we are still looking for many options but we are also looking at his career progression since he left the country four years ago for Europe.

“We haven’t opened any negotiations with Dynamos and they have just agreed to have him train as their former son so that he keeps in shape.

“We are waiting until the end of next week for other options but should they fail to yield anything and he is to come back to play in Zimbabwe then he will definitely play for Dynamos,” said Nyazema.

Nyazema, who owns Division Two club Sprouting, said he is not surprised that DeMbare’s new Portuguese coach has been impressed by Gutu.

“Archie is one of the best players from this country and naturally any professional coach would quickly see the talent he has and so I am not surprised that you say the new coach appeared impressed by him but at the moment that doesn’t count for much,” said Nyazema.

If the midfielder completes his move to the Harare giants, he will reunite with his former coach Mutasa who was in charge of DeMbare in 2011.

Gutu joined Dynamos in 2010 coming from Ajax Cape Town and the following year he became the core of Mutasa’s team together with midfield twin Denver Mukamba.

Their Champions League first round match against MC Algier is still etched in the memories of many DeMbare fans as the duo were impressive that afternoon in a 4-1 win at Rufaro.

Mutasa, however, was fired in August, that year, and the club hired Callisto Pasuwa who went on to win the league title, the first of four straight titles.

The Glamour Boys have already signed the trio of Valentine Ndaba, Tichaona Chipunza and Dominic Mukandi.

They are still in the process of signing more players and the new technical team has been assessing a number of players with more foreigners still expected to come and try their luck.

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