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I couldn’t say no to DeMbare: Makarati

AARON NHAU
Sports Writer

NEW Dynamos signing Frank Makarati says there was no way he was going to turn down the Harare giants despite interest from several local and foreign clubs.
Makarati completed his transfer to DeMbare last week when he signed for the Glamour Boys together with four other new arrivals — Tinashe Makanda, Trevor Mavhunga, Newman Sianchali and Luke Musukiri.

There was a strong possibility of joining an Egyptian club after his contract with Ngezi Platinum Stars ran out last December but the 26-year-old centre back chose the blue and white of the Glamour Boys.

Makarati, who previously played for Border Strikers, How Mine and Manzini Wanderers, said there was no way he could turn down a club of Dynamos’ stature. Having started his career with teams based outside the capital, signing for DeMbare also gives Makarati, who is a native of Glen Norah, a chance to be close to home.

“I’m very happy after signing for Dynamos, there were many offers from other clubs but l decided to join Dynamos because they are one of the biggest clubs recognised in Africa.

“They are a great club which one cannot resist once they knock on your door,” Makarati told the Daily News on Sunday. The move to Dynamos also means Makarati will reunite with coach Tonderai Ndiraya, whom he worked with at Ngezi Platinum.

In fact, it was Ndiraya, who moved mountains to bring the defender to Madamburo following How Mine’s disbanding in 2018. This time around, Ndiraya also ensured that Makarati is part of his roster at the Glamour Boys with the interest to sign the centre back dating back to last year.

“l worked with coach Ndiraya when he was at Ngezi in 2018 but he did not influence me to make this big decision, we are so close l made this decision on my own,” Makarati said.

Since last year, Ndiraya has been working tirelessly to overhaul the DeMbare squad after a disappointing finish to the 2019 season. Already, the Glamour Boys have signed Partson Jaure, Byron Madzokere, Sylvester Appiah, Nkosi Mhlanga, Taimon Mvula, Tino Chiunye, Takunda Mawarire and Barnabas Mushunje. The other new players brought
in in anticipation of the 2020 season are Lennox Mutsetse, Tanaka Chidhobha, Juan Mutudza, Albert Eonde, King Nadolo, Takunda Mawarire and David Temwanjira.

In a bid to balance their books after the arrival of the five new players last week, DeMbare had to loan out players. Forward Ngandu Mangala, Tawanda Chisi, Albert Manenji, Mutsetse and Mhlanga have been shipped out.

Makarati believes DeMbare now have a formidable side and once football resumes during this Covid-19 pandemic, the Glamour Boys will be a strong side.

Despite being the most successful team in domestic football with 21 titles, the Harare giants last won the league way back in 2014. Since then, the DeMbare fans have had to watch as Chicken Inn, CAPS United and FC Platinum lift the trophy while they have fallen off the pace.

“To the Dynamos fans, we are promising bigger things when football returns. We are vowing to give all our best in every game in order to fulfil our ultimate goal which is to lift all domestic trophies,” Makarati said.

While Makarati is now planning on helping the Glamour Boys regain their past glory days, he also thanked his former club Ngezi Platinum where he had developed into a towering figure both on and off the field.

“They made me who I am today. I will forever cherish the days I stayed in Mhondoro. “To the management, thank you for believing in me and the technical team, thank you for trusting me as well as for everything we achieved on and off the field of play,” he said.

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