DeMbare dither on Silva


HARARE – The Dynamos executive has not yet reached a final decision on whether to sack or retain Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva after the team’s poor start to the 2016 Castle Lager Premiership season.

The Dynamos hierarchy had given Silva and his technical department an ultimatum to win three matches on the trot or face the axe starting with their clash against Mutare City Rovers two weeks ago.

The Portuguese gaffer went on to register his first victory against the newly-promoted side at Sakubva Stadium following a 1-2 win. But the former champions were stunned in their next match against CAPS United as they lost 0-1 in the Harare Derby a week ago.

Silva rounded off his nine-point ultimatum with a drab 0-0 draw against Hwange on Sunday at the Colliery.

This means, the Portuguese has only managed to collect four points out of the nine he had been tasked to get.

From the five matches played thus far, DeMbare have only managed five points which has left them fifth from the bottom.

The Dynamos executive had insisted that Silva and his assistants of Lloyd Mutasa and team manager Richard Chihoro would face the axe.

But in the wake of the weekend’s draw against Hwange, it seems the Glamour Boys’ bosses are yet to make a decision as they are not prepared to pay the costs of terminating the technical team’s contracts.

Club secretary-general Webster Chikengezha yesterday said the executive will meet on a later date to review the team’s performance in the wake of the ultimatum.

“I will talk to the president (Kenni Mubaiwa) so that he can give me the date and time when we can meet,” Chikengezha said.

The Daily News has since established that cracks have emerged within the Dynamos camp as other members of the executive are believed to be sympathising with the Portuguese gaffer while others want him fired.

Sources inside the club said that Silva’s appointment had no blessings of all executive members in the first place and those who pushed for his signature are the ones who are in support of the Portuguese.

While things are not looking good for the Glamour Boys, their bitter rivals CAPS United are on song and on Sunday they picked up their fourth win of the season after beating Border Strikers 1-0 to go on top of the log.

The Green Machine are now on 13 points together with FC Platinum, but Lloyd Chitembwe’s men boast of a superior goal difference.

The victory over Border Strikers also extended Makepekepe’s unbeaten run to five matches.

FC Platinum’s 100 percent record in the league came to a halt after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Harare City at Mandava Stadium.

The platinum miners had won all their previous four matches and had begun the weekend in top spot but could not find a way to break down the Sunshine Boys defence.

Things are also not looking good for reigning champions Chicken Inn, who suffered their second straight defeat at the weekend after a 1-0 defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Bulawayo City.

The Gamecocks are also set to lose their championship-winning coach Joey Antipas, who has signed for South African First Division side Amazulu.

Antipas will join the Durban-based side in July and there is a highly-likelihood he will take with him a number of key Gamecocks players.

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