HARARE – Harare City chairman Leslie Gwindi has hit out at Tawanda Muparati, saying recent events have proven beyond reasonable doubt that the Dynamos midfielder “robbed” City’s ex-talisman Silas Songani of the 2013 Soccer Star of the Year award.
Despite being crowned Zimbabwe’s finest footballer for the season, Muparati struggled to make the starting line-up for Zimbabwe at the recently-ended Chan finals in South Africa, a tournament reserved for players still plying their trade at home.
On the other hand, Songani, a lot of neutrals’ favourite to land the coveted award, landed a deal with Danish top-flight club SønderjyskE after impressing during trials.
His club, Harare City, can agonisingly close to winning the Castle Premiership title before losing it on goal difference to Dynamos on the last day of the season.
“We had an outstanding season last year,” Gwindi said yesterday during a club ceremony to unveil new acquisitions.
“In our hearts we know we won the league. In our hearts we know we won the Soccer Star of the Year award. But as it turns out God works in miraculous ways. The first runner-up (Songani) is in Europe and the Soccer Star (Muparati), I don’t remember seeing him on the field at Chan.”
Gwindi, recently banned by Zifa from football for five years for bringing the game into disrepute, went on to label Highlanders, the Sunshine Boys’ opponents in the season-opening Bob89 playoffs, an ordinary team.
“We are ambitious; we want to win everything on offer starting with the Bob 89 where we face Highlanders in the play-offs. Highlanders is a very ordinary side.”
Meanwhile, City yesterday unveiled eight new players, with short-lived Dynamos striker Francisco Zekumbawira, Triangle hitman Misheck Mburayi and CAPS United defender Arnold Chivheya leading the cast of new arrivals.
Promising striker Takudzwa Chimwemwe, who scored 17 goals for Division One outfit Twalumba United last season, has also found a home at Town House.
The 2013 PSL second runner ups have also acquired the services of former Platinum striker Mehli Sibanda who is joined by midfielder Benson Maglasi and defensive linkman Timire Mabvura at the club.
Former Monomotapa forward Agrippa Murimba completes the new additions expected to give coach Bigboy Mawiwi versatility ahead of the the 2014 season.
The ceremony also saw former Dynamos coach David George being unveiled as Mawiwi’s assistant while Killion Kadye assumed the role of physiotherapist.
City chairman Leslie Gwindi said he was confident the new acquisitions will help the club win silverware in the upcoming season.
Gwindi said: “The biggest question is who will replace Silas, but the answer is we have replaced Silas with a much better player. Everyone we have here is not a replacement. These are first rate players.
“Everybody wants to see if what happened last season was not just luck.”