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Dynamos barred from using 'borrowed' players in CL

[Posted 10 Sep 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Technical team of Chiweshe and Ndiraya take a depleted side to Lubumbashi

Dynamos' bid to use players from league rivals CAPS United, Highlanders and Black Mambas has been dealt a blow by the announcement that CAF will not sanction such a move.

Zimbabwe Football Assocation (ZIFA) has revealed that Dynamos has been stopped from using their league rivals' players in an away CAF Champions League match against TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo scheduled for this weekend.

The Glamour Boys of Zimbabwean football had claimed during midweek that they had struck agreements with CAPS for the release of Stephen Alimenda, Highlanders for the release of Zephaniah Ngodzo and Mambas for the services of keeper Willard Manyatera.

ZIFA Acting Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Mashingaidze told journalists in Harare yesterday that ZIFA will not sanction such a move.

"As the FA we always look forward to a situation where our teams make use of players who are in their regular employ and it becomes a huge cause for concern to us when you have a situation where players want to turn up for one club in the Caf competitions and another club in the league," Mashingaidze said.

"That is not permissible and inasmuch as those players might have Caf licences, it is very untidy and in fact such a move is tantamount to renting players," added Mashingaidze.

Meanwhile, the reported move to secure players from other clubs to play for Dynamos in DRC has received opposition from many quarters in the country.

CAPS has denied having given their arch-rivals the greenlight to make use of Alimenda. Director Farai Jere has vowed that his club would never 'lend' a player to their bitter rivals as it would be viewed as betrayal by their fans.

"We can never enter any such deals (of renting Alimenda) with Dynamos because that will be tantamount to selling our soul and our fans will never accept that," declared Jere.

PSL CEO Kennedy Ndebele also poured cold water on Dynamos' plans to use the tthree players from their rivals.

"If those players decide to go and play for Dynamos against TP Mazembe in the DRC, it means they cannot come back and play for their clubs again in the local competitions for the remainder of this season," Ndebele advised.

"They cannot play for Dynamos either. As far as the procedure is concerned, the player’s Caf licence number should be the same with the one for his local club and that is why we have a problem with Farai Vimisayi who is supposed to be on Hwange’s books, but is reported to have gone AWOL and decided to be with Dynamos,’’ Ndebele revealed.

Ndebele had a few words of advice for Zimbabwe's future representatives in the CAF club competitions.

"But the clubs must always leave five slots open so that if they qualify for the mini-league and want to make additions, they can always exhaust those slots, " advised Ndebele.

Dynamos coach Elvis Chuch who appears to have had a change of the heart after threatening to walk out on Dembare following a drawn league match with Douglas Warriors mid-week, has revealed that he had warned his club against 'borrowing' players from other clubs.

Chiweshe strongly feels that bringing in players into the club in a mercenary arrangement has the danger of undermining the worth of players to the Dynamos cause after being with the club until these stages of the Champions League.

"I don’t want to appear as if I am contradicting earlier announcements by the club, but the truth is we have enough cover," Chiweshe said.

"Why should we ask for players from other clubs? We had registered them, but we failed to sign them. It’s unfair to the other players at the club who helped see this team reach this stage of the competition

"We might be having a crisis with the unavailability of the bulk of our players but we still have 16 players to select our team from," boasted Chuchu.

It is very difficult to understand Chiweshe's stance when one considers that infact it was him who indicated to the Dynamos board that he needed replacements in the goalkeepeing position. Chuchu argues that all he had requested for was just a keeper from Mambas.

"Of course, there is an exception on the goalkeeper because it’s a crucial position. That is the reason I had asked for (Willard) Manyatera," Chiweshe tried to justify his position.

If Chuchu's principled stance is that Dynamos should not use players from other clubs because it undermines those already in the employ of Dynamos, then it becomes difficult to appreciate his argument that the keeper's position is  an exception to the general use. 

Dynamos have been left severely depleted following the unavailability of seven  key players due to suspensions.

Dynamos's best player at the moment, central midfielder Ashley Rambanapasi, important attacking midfielders Benjamin Marere and Farai Vimisayi, Brighton Tuwaya, key defender and captain George Magariro, striker Dylan Chivandire and keeper Washington Arubi are all unavailabile for the DRC trip.


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