Darryn T collapses, incomes Black Aces

HARARE – One of Zimbabwe's top football club of the 80s Darryn T, the team that produced some of Zimbabwe's greatest players, has collapsed. Its collapse might see the re-emergence of another legenday name, Black Aces.

The club is known for discovering the likes of Shingi Kawondera, Price Matore, Norman Mapeza, Stewart Murisa, Gift Muzadzi, Alois Bunjira, Lloyd Chitembwe, Usman Misi, among others. Darryn T has sold their franchise to Black Aces Academy and will no longer play competitive football.

Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) programmes manager, Jonathan Musavengana confirmed that Darryn T has not registered to play in all the leagues under the auspices of the Zimbabwe Football Association. The only other league that is not run by Zifa is the Premier Soccer League, which Darryn T is not a member of.

"We have not registered Darryn T but what I am told is that they have sold their franchise," said Musavengana.

A visit to the team’s training ground, Hellenics Sports Club showed no sign that there has been training by the club.

Club chairman Wieslwa Grabowski, was said to be in Poland. Club coach George Jojo confirmed Darryn T were no longer playing competitive football due to the costs involved and said the team would probably shift to academy football.

The departure of Darryn T deals a heavy blow to Zimbabwean football. Although very controversial at times, the club is widely regarded as being the best in talent identification and most of the country’s star players-past and present-owe their fame and some fortune to the club.