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Dynamos no country for old men, Murape told


Time up ... Murape Murape (right) celebrates a goal with a colleague last season

13/01/2015 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Told he won't play for Dynamos again ... Murape Murape
 
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DYNAMOS have told veteran midfielder and skipper Murape Murape that the club is “not an old people’s home” so he should look elsewhere if he still wants to continue with his playing career.

The future of the 33-year-old has been the subject of speculation in the past few weeks with reports suggesting he could be given another chance to lead the Glamour Boys.

But it emerged Tuesday that the club hierarchy has already made a decision not to include him in the playing squad for the forthcoming season.

The club leadership says it is looking at players aged 25 years and below and believes the veteran midfielder now represents the past.


We want to move in a different direction ... Kenni Mubaiwa

“At 33, Murape now represents the past,” said club president Keni Mubaiwa.

“We are looking at players with 25 years and below. Dynamos is not an Old People’s Home and players of the age of Murape no longer have a role to play in the team; maybe in the technical team.

“But this is our position regarding him. All players who are more than 25 years are aware of this position. We are looking to the future.

“We want to assemble a team that will compete in Africa in 2016. As a former son, Murape should try another role maybe in the technical team or any other role not playing.

“Our aim is not just to win the league and compete in the African Safari but to go all the way to the final of the Champions League.”

Dynamos last reached the final of the African Champions League back in 1998 under the guidance of the legendary Sunday Chidzambwa when they lost in hugely controversial circumstances, and that remains the club’s best achievement in history.

Murape, still a raw teenager then, was part of that great squad which stunned watchers of the African game after reaching the finals of the prestigious tournament for the first time.

The midfielder met new coach David Mandigora last week to discuss his future and was told it was time to hang up his boots and that he could be considered for a role in the technical team.

Mandigora is assisted by Tonderai Ndiraya while Biggie Zuze who was coach of Triangle last season was also roped in as one of the assistants with Gift Muzadzi coming in as the new goalkeepers’ coach.



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However, Zuze is still weighing his options and appears to be still interested in the Triangle job.

Dynamos, who started pre-season training this week, have made some exciting additions to the squad.

These include former Caps United forward Kelvin Bulaji, ex-DC Academy player Carlos Rusere, goalkeeper Tonderai Mateyaunga, who was with ZPC Kariba last season, Nigel Gandari, a Dynamos junior, and Godknows Murwira from Shabanie Mine.


 
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