Mucherahowa warns underperforming DeMbare players


HARARE – Legendary former Dynamos captain Memory Mucherahowa has warned the current crop of Glamour Boys that they need to work hard to defend the blue and white jersey.

Mucherahowa’s warning comes as the Glamour Boys face eternal rivals Highlanders in a Castle Lager Premiership match at Rufaro Stadium this afternoon.

DeMbare have had an indifferent start to the 2016 season and currently trail log-leaders FC Platinum by 12 points after only seven matches.

The Glamour Boys poor start has already cost Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva his job and was replaced by his assistant Lloyd Mutasa five games into the new season.

Since taking charge, Mutasa has lost to FC Platinum before last weekend’s narrow 0-1 away win over Tsholotsho.

Highlanders are currently playing well under new Dutch coach Erol Akbay and will be after three points to close the gap on FC Platinum.

Although Bosso have not defeated DeMbare since 2006, the Bulawayo giants believe today presents them with a perfect chance to find victory over of the Harare giants.

Mucherahowa, who now resides in the United Kingdom, feels DeMbare players have a responsibility to prove on the field why they deserve to wear the famous blue and white strip.

“The players should not be fooled into thinking that the blue jersey is going to win matches for them,” Mucherahowa told the Daily News.

“They need to fight for that to happen and should know that every team wants to beat Dynamos. So if they think they are at Dynamos and everything will be easy that is wrong.

“They need to fight like there’s no tomorrow and not ride on the name Dynamos; it doesn’t win the matches.”

One never to shy to speak his mind, Mucherahowa, who captained DeMbare to three championships in the 90s, also put the blamed the Glamour Boys’ recent problems on the club’s executive led by president Kenni Mubaiwa.

After the loss to FC Platinum, DeMbare fans went on a rampage as they demanded Mubaiwa’s immediate resignation.

The rowdy fans clashed with police before the security details fired teargas to bring order back outside the Rufaro car park.

“The problem at Dynamos lies with the executive. They should look in the mirror and ask themselves whether they have taken the team forward or backwards. We have seen good players leaving the team which hasn’t been happening before,” Mucherahowa said.

“All the players used to love playing for Dynamos but now they are leaving, Why? And why is the team being treated like a one-man’s team when we have elections for the board according to the Constitution? I think we need a change at the top before we can achieve anything.”

Although he did not give specific names, Mucherahowa said there a number of capable candidates, who can be drafted into the club’s executive.

“I don’t have names right now but I know there are plenty of people out there because these guys have failed and even a blind man can see that,” he said.

“Look at how they are choosing the coaches; they go for those they know won’t challenge them. That team needs to be fixed before it’s too late.

“Certainly . . . one day I would want to play a big role in the administration of the team and I’m learning that now. It pains me a lot to see that the club is going backwards instead of moving with the times,” he said.

Despite all his misgivings with the current state of the club, Mucherahowa’s blood still remains blue and he backed his former teammate Mutasa to do well starting with today’s game against rivals Highlanders.

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