THE involvement of Zimbabwe Football Association president Philip Chiyangwa in the affairs of Dynamos Football Club could create tension between the football controlling body and the team’s supporters.
inside sport with MICHAEL KARIATI
The last time Zifa tried to intervene in the affairs of Dynamos in 2002, there was disaster.
The then Zifa chairman Leo Mugabe appointed Dynamos chairman Temba Mliswa, who lasted only one day in office after the Dynamos family protested against the move.
Chiyangwa’s decision to persuade Keni Mubaiwa (pictured right) to stay on as Dynamos president could have some far-reaching repercussions in the relationship between the country’s football controlling body and followers of the country’s most popular football club.
A large band of Dynamos fans say Mubaiwa has had his chance and should step down.
Mubaiwa himself is already feeling the heat and has hinted that he wants to step down.
There are many within the Dynamos family who want that departure to be soon.
If those people are the majority, then Mubaiwa should follow his conscience and quit.
Should that happen, Mubaiwa would certainly go down as the most successful Dynamos chairman ever. He won four consecutive league titles on top of Cup competitions.
However, of late, results at DeMbare have gone off the boil. This has been due to a combination of blunders by his leadership, one of which was the decision to buy players before the coach was appointed.
Then came the appointment and the hiring of the unheralded Portuguese coach Paolo Jorge Silva.
Although Mubaiwa fired Silva for failure to meet the required performance targets, the highly temperamental coach still remains a darling to some Dynamos fans.
Silva’s unpopular sacking was followed by Mubaiwa’s appointment of Lloyd Mutasa. Although Mutasa’s results have not been all that bad, he has never been a favourite of a section of the fans, something which has also contributed to Mubaiwa’s unpopularity.
Yes, Chiyangwa acknowledges the work Mubaiwa has done at Dynamos, but at times change is needed.
There is no need for Zifa to involve themselves into solving the problems at Dynamos. The DeMbare family is known for solving their own problems and since 1963, they have been known for choosing their own leaders.
Mubaiwa should just follow the wave and quit.
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