THINGS are indeed falling apart at Dynamos.,For the first time in seven years, board chairman Bernard Marriot Lusengo is believed to be prepared to dump club president Keni Mubaiwa (inset picture), in light of the club’s dreadful start to the season.
BY MUNYARADZI MADZOKERE
Mubaiwa may have done himself great harm by falling out with the fans that are primarily the club’s cash cow, telling them to “go hang” in local media.
Time is also ticking for the Harare football giants’ coach Lloyd Mutasa (pictured), who was last week given a three-match ultimatum in which he is supposed to collect all the nine points having managed just three from a possible 21.
At the same time the Dynamos fans are at loggerheads among themselves as calls to boycott the Glamour Boys’ home matches grow louder.
Conflict between the supporters’ bodies has dominated headlines at the club this week with the Dynamos FC Combined Supporters’ Association (DFCSA) ditching the National Executive Council (NEC) and forming a new interim one.
The substantive NEC was strongly against the boycott of Dynamos home matches and released a statement to that effect early last week.
“Please note, Dynamos FC National Supporters’ Association (NSA) wishes to advise its membership that Dynamos is now a Pvt (Ltd) company and is now wholly owned by the Board of directors. This follows that our operations as of now differ from the era when the club was a community team whereby supporters could choose the management of the club.
“Let’s continue to rally behind our team as Dynamos supporters especially during this time results appear to be elusive. The real DeMbare supporters must stand by the club. This is the time players need support now more than ever, therefore, let’s come in our numbers to support our team,” reads part of the statement by national chairperson Benjamin Munzira
The DFCSA mobilised other supporters’ chapters to disown the current NEC and select its own leadership that would supposedly represent the true interests of supporters.
A resolution was also made to form an interim three-member committee to see off the transition up to elections that are a few weeks away. And during a press conference on Friday it was resolved to commence a total boycott of all Dynamos home matches starting with today’s match against Bulawayo City.
The supporters were also irked by the statement made by Mubaiwa who reportedly told the fans who were calling for his resignation to “go hang”.
On the sidelines, a group of former Dynamos players, who were two years ago accused of staging a boardroom coup at the turbulent giants after forming a new interim board of directors, said they felt vindicated after the recent developments.
Gina Kapfunde, who is part of the group of former Dynamos players led by Ernest Kamba and George Shaya who two years ago attempted and failed to oust Lusengo, maintained that there was need for leadership renewal at the club.
“What everybody is talking about now is precisely what Ernest Kamba and his colleagues were talking about when they met at Prince Edward school two years go. We are glad and so happy that now people realise that there is need for change in the way the club is being run,” said Kapfunde.
“We stopped our campaign after receiving threats. Some of our collegues were beaten up, but basically our message was that let’s revisit the leadership structure at the club with a view to introduce new blood.
“We tried to educate the fans that we needed to engage captains of industry, people who have been tried and tested in corporate governance, to run Dynamos as a board. We even agreed that no former player should be a board member because no former player can add value. You need to take on board people who have been tried and tested in commerce and industry to run Dynamos,” said Kapfunde.
In the midst of all the commotion, Mutasa and his men will be in search for their first set of three precious points that could suddenly cure all the vices threatening to sink the country’s most decorated club.
Dynamos face fellow Castle Lager Premier Soccer League strugglers Bulawayo City at Rufaro this afternoon in a match whose result could signal relegation of the once great institution.
“We know they are going to come at us, they will come fighting, but we will give it our best. I think the boys are working flat out and everyone is itching to have his place in the team. We know where we are and everybody is aware of the predicament. We are trying to move away from it and we are saying the earlier the better,” Mutasa said.
Mutasa will have to do the job without winger Valentine Kadonzvo, defender Jimmy Tigere and creative midfielder Raphael Manuvire, who are injured.