Ndiraya and DeMbare’s divided house

30 Sep, 2022 - 00:09 0 Views
Ndiraya and DeMbare’s divided house LIVING ON BORROWED TIME . . . Tonderayi Ndiraya is reported to have divided the Dynamos executive and could find himself jobless before the season ends

The Herald

Tadious Manyepo Sports Reporter

TONDERAYI Ndiraya has failed Dynamos.

But, he is not entirely to blame for the situation the Glamour Boys find themselves in.

DeMbare are effectively out of the Castle Lager Premiership football championship race.

They are 11 points behind FC Platinum who lead the marathon with only six games before the season comes to a close.

Unless the Zvishavane miners lose their minds in the final six weeks, Dynamos will endure yet another season without winning the league title.

They have also missed out on the Chibuku Super Cup.

They gave their all but they were unable to overcome the quarter-final hurdle when losing in a penalty shootout to FC platinum.

The Glamour Boys also lost 1-0 to Highlanders in the President’s Independence Cup final at Barbourfields on April 18.

This is Ndiraya’s first full season in charge of Dynamos though. He has displayed a lot of potential but at Dynamos potential is not enough.

But, this is a coach who was once suspended for no apparent reason back in May.

This is a coach who is fighting more than just a football battle.

This is a coach who has borne the brunt of being haunted by rented fans from Marondera and Chegutu Chapters even when the team was performing well.

Apparently, the Dynamos executive is divided over Ndiraya.

An emergency meeting scheduled for Wednesday this week failed to take off.

Top of the agenda was Ndiraya’s future with the club. The Herald can reveal only executive chairman, Isaiah Mupfurutsa, is singing in the gaffer’s corner.

One of the executive members revealed this week Ndiraya was on his way out.

But he cited Mupfurutsa was standing on the way.

The Harare banker, in a way, is justified.

“The bottom line is that we all want to see Tonderai Ndiraya leaving the club. But we are facing resistance from Isaiah Mupfurutsa.

“We are convinced Ndiraya won’t take us to the Promised Land.  “His football is boring and there are no results coming.

“So we were supposed to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday which could have sealed his fate. So as it stands, he has survived for now.

“However, if he fails to win the remaining matches he might find himself leaving before the season ends,” said one of the executive members, who asked not to be named.

The source further said Dynamos were looking to find a foreign coach.

Mupfurutsa, however, disputed there was any planned meeting to discuss Ndiraya’s future with the club.

“I am not aware of any meeting to discuss the coach’s future. What I can tell you is that we are fully behind the coach.

“We have a contract with him and we cannot just chase him away like that. After all, he has done very well under the circumstances. He is in his first full season in charge of the team,” said Mupfurutsa.

“But look at where he is at the moment. He has proven that if given enough time he can transform the team.

“What we want to avoid is whereby we fire a coach who has showed a lot of potential. We have to let him build his philosophy and we see what he can achieve with the team.

“We should run football the modern way. Why can’t we give the coach enough time and see what happens.”

The disagreement between the executive members over Ndiraya is threatening the unity of the club.

After successfully moving a motion to suspend Ndiraya in May, one of Dynamos’ most prominent players is said to have been pushed by some members to call former Highlanders coach Erol Akbay.

The latter contacted his local manager for a way forward while Ndiraya was on suspension.

The talks between some executive members from the Glamour Boys and Akbay were only suspended after a public outcry forced Dynamos to reinstate Ndiraya five days after the suspension.

However, the negotiations have been resuscitated once again.

While the Dynamos faithful might be justified in calling for Ndiraya’s head, what is disturbing are allegations of match-fixing being levelled against some key players in the team.

Members of the executive, who are singing the anti-Ndiraya chorus, have reportedly been hiring thugs to harass and embarrass Ndiraya whenever the chips are down.

They are also said to have been inducing key players to deliberately underperform.

Share This:

Sponsored Links