Ailing Giants: From ‘Seven Million’ to Weeping Boys

Harare – Once revered as the team to beat – former football giants Dynamos – now a pale shadow of a soccer institution romoured to attract ‘seven million’ supporters during its peak – now the former Glamour Boys have been relegated to weeping boys.

Since its inception in 1963 – DeMbare to its devoted admirers had become synonymous with steamrolling past opponents at will – accumulating trophies with ease – even reaching the Champions League final in 1997.

Along the years, they churned prolific players not limited to Vitalis Takawira, Claudius Zviripai, Tauya Murehwa, Memory Mucherahohwa – just to mention a few.

Now with the former glory vanished – the club has become a mockery and a punching bag – with minnows walloping them at will. And once upon a time, musician Zex Manatsa even composed a song in honour of the Glamour Boys.

But now they even struggle to create three passes against newcomers Herentals. In a rain soaked encounter at Rufaro, the goalkeeper even failed to distribute the ball to his players – and therefore could not justify his inclusion into the squad.
Dynamos Have Been Turned to Weeping Boys of the League 

Ardent followers have slowly deserted the ailing giants – squabbles have overwhelmed the club – with coaches shown the exit door, while the executive maintain their positions. After clinching four league titles in a row – Callisto Pasuwa left the club owed a substantial amount.

Veteran defender and captain Ocean Mushure was equally pathetic. Maladministration, lack of meaningful sponsorship has rendered the once continental powerhouse into a pitiful outfit, failing to reward its players.

Club president Kenny Mubaiwa insists the problems bedeviling the club are not administrative – yet they their failure to remunerate Cameroonian striker Christian Epoupa leading to his eventual departure.

Dynamos in a bid to divert the blame, called a press conference to reveal the salary paid to Epoupa – but it was too late. In March 2018, Epoupa was reported to be owed an excess of $16 000 in allowances and signing-on fees from 2017 by the Dynamos Football Club. Ntouba reportedly vowed that he would not play for the Dynamos team until they cleared all he is owed. 

But the rot continues to gnaw Dynamos. After another dismal showing against Herentals, the coach had more excuses.

“It’s a game where we missed and I am not complaining about the play because the players at least adjusted very well after the rains disturbed both teams. We saw them struggling a bit in terms of making the game flow,” said Biggie Zuze.

Dynamos security personnel had to be on the high alert from the rowdy supporters who hurled insults at the coach.

“Yes the supporters can show their anger by doing this but I think it’s now for the whole set up involved to come up and make decisions. The supporters cannot make decisions although their anger is heard.

“We have got the board, we have the executive and we also have the technical team so we have to sit down and see the way forward in the best interests of the club,” Zuze added.

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