By Mehluli Sibanda
The story of out of contract striker Tinashe Makanda signing for Dynamos has taken a turn with the player, together with his agent claiming that nothing was signed with DeMbare.
In fact, according to his agent, Trust Nyambiya, Makanda has a deal lined up in Zambia and if that does not happen, he could head back to Highlanders if Bosso still wants him.
A photo of Makanda in a white t-shirt with a Dynamos logo in the company of his agent, Trust Nyambiya, and a representative of DeMbare sponsor Gold Leaf Tobacco was circulating at what appeared to be a signing ceremony. Makanda’s agreement with Highlanders expired at the end of July.
Dynamos coach, Tonderai Ndiraya, however, stated that he was informed that Makanda signed a pre-contract with the Glamour Boys, something also confirmed by the club’s vice-chairman, Moses Shumba.
Without elaborating, Makanda said he did not sign for Dynamos. Nyambiya insists no deal was reached with Dynamos and, in fact, no football business was discussed on that particular day. Makanda is said to have attended trials in Nkana from last Monday until Thursday before returning to Bulawayo on Friday where he was spotted at the Bosso offices.
“Dynamos lied that we signed with them, the player is heading to Nkana but if the deal collapses, we will listen to local offers including Highlanders, that is only if they are interested,’’ Nyambiya said.
He sought to explain why Gold Leaf Tobacco are assisting out of contract players like Makanda to earn a living. Makanda is said to have picked up an injury while playing social soccer.
“What he signed is an agreement of a six weeks contract since the player had an injury, he is now fit, they are the ones who are taking care of his medical bills, in return he advertises Gold Leaf Tobacco products. It’s all about GLT not Dynamos,’’ he said.
Nyambiya said there is no way a player of Makanda’s quality could make the switch from Highlanders to Dynamos as he feels the striker should now be playing outside the country.
“How can a player move from Highlanders to Dynamos? It doesn’t make sense, a player of Tinashe Makanda’s calibre should not be playing in Zimbabwe,’’ Nyambiya said.
Makanda and Brian Banda had their contracts run their course with Highlanders, with the club said to have been paying the two players full salaries as a way of showing them that they were still wanted at Bosso. Banda was meanwhile, unveiled as an FC Platinum player yesterday. The Sunday News