Dynamos Fire Coach, Lose Money

HARARE – Fading Harare giants, Dynamos on Thursday moved with speed to restore sanity at the club by firing coach David Mandigora after a spate of poor results.

Mandigora was replaced by former Dynamos midfielder, Elvis Chiweshe who will take charge when DeMbare host Premier League pacesetters Highlanders at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

Former Monomotapa head coach Norman Mapeza is tipped to take over the hot seat. Mandigora was supposed to be axed last year but was given a stay of execution after DeMbare stormed into the semi finals of the African Champions League.

Dynamos lie 8th on the PSL table with 7 points from six matches. Under Mandigora this season, DeMbare have lost three league matches.

Dynamos were beaten 1-0 by Motor Action, lost 0-2 to bitter rivals, CAPS United on Easter Monday and a 1-2 humiliating loss to PSL debutantes Eagles on Wednesday.

Sources said the loss to Eagles was the final straw to break the camel’s back as Yogi, as Mandigora is affectionately known by the legion of Dynamos fans, was supposed to win the match.

Dynamos were also humiliated by Sundowns in the Uhuru Cup final on Saturday.

Meanwhile the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings has cost Dynamos US$ 213 750 proceeds from the Confederation of African Football for their participation in the Champions League after the State broadcaster flouted the tournament’s regulations.

The broadcasting station was granted the rights to beam Dynamos’ Champions League mini league matches last year, but violated the standing regulations in the live coverage of matches.

Some of the regulations, which were flouted included not flighting the official CAF sequence including the logos of the official sponsors MTN.  The conditions are contained in the agreement, which was signed by the broadcasting station and Ministry of Information and Publicity on July 8 2008.

Walter Mufanochiya, the General Manager programming signed on behalf of the broadcasting station while George Charamba, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Publicity, Henrietta Rushwaya, the ZIFA chief executive officer signed on behalf of the host football association.

In his letter to ZIFA chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya, this week, CAF secretary general Mustapha Fahmy that there would be no more payments coming into the DeMbare coffers, and the club’s account was actually in arrears amounting to US$ 28 608.