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Denver talks hit brick wall

By Grace Chingoma

Dynamos are battling to deal with the contractual issue of midfielder Denver Mukamba after a meeting with his handlers last Friday hit a brick wall. A section of club supporters also visited the player’s family and convinced Mukamba to reform and show remorse and appeal to his coach Lloyd Mutasa for one last chance.

Denver Mukamba
Denver Mukamba

Mutasa has told the executive that Mukamba is not part of his plans this season.

This has put the executive in a dilemma since the player still has a running contract with the club.

Last night, Mukamba was said to have gone to his coach’s house with a few emissaries to drop his letter of apology to the gaffer.

This follows a meeting on Saturday between Mukamba, his grandmother Gogo Kawinga and a few club supporters at the family home in Highfield.

It is believed at this meeting, the former Soccer Star of the Year assured the fans he had dumped his wayward behaviour.

Gogo Kawinga also told the supporters, who included Chris “Romario” Musekiwa and Molly Banda, the midfielder has been clean and maintaining sober habits.

While the supporters are trying to play their small part in the stand-off, club president Kenny Mubaiwa said Mukamba’s issue now needs to be dealt with by the whole DeMbare family and not the executive alone.

The club finds itself with three possible options.

The first one is to terminate his contract to a free-agent and then pay him whatever they would have agreed.

Another route would be to try and convince Mutasa to pardon the former Soccer Star of the Year again.

The last scenario would be keeping the player at the club against the coach’s wish and honour his contract even if it means no game time for the midfielder.

Following, Friday’s meeting with Mukamba’s management team, Mubaiwa said they are seeking to resolve the matter.

“We want to quickly conclude the issue. But it no longer involves one person, but the Dynamos family as a whole.

“Everyone with the club at heart now needs to be involved. We will have a meeting soon with representatives of each arm of the stakeholders and what will emerge from that meeting will help us going forward.

“It is not about the money, that we cannot give him money and terminate his contract, no, the money is not important. What is important is how can we have him playing football again at DeMbare.

“If he has to go eventually and start on a clean slate somewhere else, he should reform so we have to at least help him and save his career.

“He is a good player and we hope we will help him. But we have to do that quickly,” said Mubaiwa. The Herald