FORMER Premier Soccer League champions Dynamos are on the verge of a reunion with attacking midfielder Denver Mukamba following his return after the expiry of his contract with Bidvest Wits University of South Africa. BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA – NEWSDAY
Mukamba, who spent last season on loan at relegated Jomo Cosmos in South Africa, is now a free agent and negotiations between the two parties have been going on behind the scenes.
It will be one of DeMbare’s biggest signings should the deal sail through.
Dynamos president Keni Mubaiwa confirmed talks were underway to entice Mukamba from South Africa.
“There are talks going on, but there is nothing concrete at the moment. We will sign any player whom the technical team thinks is good enough to play for us and we are talking to Mukamba. But we cannot say much because nothing has been finalised,” Mubaiwa said.
The player’s manager Gibson Mahachi confirmed that his client was now a free agent, but declined to reveal whether Mundikumbuke, as Mukamba is affectionately known by local football fans, was destined for Dynamos.
“Mukamba is now a free agent and there are options available for him. There are options in South Africa and Zimbabwe and we are currently looking at the options available. We will come to a decision which is in the best interests of the player,” Mahachi said.
The deal is highly likely to materialise because of the attraction to play under his former coach Lloyd Mutasa
The former Dynamos midfielder enjoyed a good working relationship with coach Mutasa from their days at Kiglon before they moved to the Harare giants together. It is understood it’s the major reason he will opt to join the Glamour Boys.
Mukamba was one of the brightest prospects in Zimbabwean football before he went to South Africa. He had a memorable season in 2012 and was voted the Soccer of the Year – a feat that saw him attracting interest from Bidvest Wits, who went on to sign him. He possesses one of the great traits of top forwards – the ability to worry the opposition without actually moving. He was a nightmare to mark when on the domestic scene with Dynamos.
Mukamba was also a big fan of former Warriors coach Klaus Dieter Pagels, who even gave him the armband to lead the team.
But he has been struggling to scale greater heights in South Africa, where he saw little game time at Bidvest Wits before he was loaned to Pretoria University and then Jomo Cosmos.
Now he has set his eyes on re-joining the Glamour Boys – a club that gave him fame.
Dynamos, who have had a sluggish start to the season, winning just two matches from eight so far, had been targeting Darryl Nyandoro and Chris Samakwere to bolster their attacking options, but the players, who had been training with the Harare giants in recent weeks, have since disappeared despite having been given offers.
However, the pair is reportedly on the verge of joining reigning champions Chicken Inn.
Dynamos are scheduled to make the trip to Chapungu this weekend.
Meanwhile, Ovidy Karuru, another forward touted as one for the future, having also played for the Warriors, is back in the country angling for a move to ZPC Kariba whom he is talking to.
He was at Kaizer Chiefs where he was one of several players released by the club as the South African Glamour Boys prepare to challenge for the championship next term after they were beaten to the title by Mamelodi Sundowns.