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Kiglon Bird on rebuilding exercise

The Chitungwiza side lost their top players and coach Lloyd Mutasa to Dynamos as the club was battling to pay them. Monomotapa and Gunners also snapped some of their players.

The club was put on the market twice last year, but the owner Arthur Chitunhu decided to remove the “Up For Sale” sign on the club, when the premiership was rebranded the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League.

However, that was after the damage had already been done as Mutasa had already moved with his trusted lieutenants Masimba Dinyero and Ralph Kawondera to join the Boys in Blue. Also in tow were trusted captain Thomas Magorimbo, Dominic Benati, Denver Mukamba, Devon Chafa, Martin Vengesayi and Maxwell Nyamupangedengu.

Roderick Dhlakama, who has been given the mandate to rebuild Kiglon, however said the club was not pressing the panic button.

“When (Lloyd) Mutasa left the club, he only left the grass and a tree at the Kiglon training grounds and one player who featured in the team last year, but as a substitute. Charles Mukanhairi is the only player that Lodza (Lloyd Mutasa) left,” Dhlakama said.

“As you can see we have a lot of players that we have signed in and we should start from there,” Dhlakama said.

Veteran players that trained at Kiglon include former CAPS United duo of Danger Fourpence and Yves Ebabali, Tsungai Mudzamiri from Gunners and Charlton Mashumba from Dickson Choto’s Academy.

“We have a standing relationship with DC Academy so we can have players at any given time,” Dhlakama said.

Dhlakama used his position as former national Under-17 team coach to lure a number of players that trained under him.

“I have a number of players that played in the Under-17 team during my reign so I know most of them and what they want,” he said.

“I have (Charles) Mukanhairi, William Manhando and Patrick Kudiwa, all from my Under-17 team. The players play with enthusiasm, they all want to make a mark in local football,” he said.

Asked whether he was pleased with their preparations, Dhlakama said he was looking forward to making a mark in the local league.

“The league has 30 matches; there is always room to improve once we start. We will take every match as it comes. So after every match we will always try to adjust,” Dhlakama said.
Dhlakama is the head coach with Patridge Muskwe being the assistant together with Tonderai Chimono.

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