DeMbare’s unending drama: Musanhu concerned

The Herald

Tadious Manyepo Sports Reporter

DYNAMOS legend Chamu Musanhu wants to see the Glamour Boys, including former players, channelling more energy towards success in the field of play.

The former defender, who was a key figure in the club’s history-making class of ’98 which reached the CAF Champions League football final, is concerned with the unending factional drama taking part outside the team but with a potential to destabilise the institution.

DeMbare, which is owned by Dynamos Private Limited, the majority of whose shares belong to the only surviving founder member Bernard Marriot Lusengo, has been at the centre of somewhat misdirected power struggles.

Shadow elements have been involved in side-shows as they attempt to wrestle control of the club which is currently stable on and off the field of play.

There are two factions whose members have been trying, in vain, to take control of DeMbare over the past few months.

Last week former players Eric Aisam and Moses “Bambo’’ Chunga stormed The Herald Sports Department with a strongly-worded document from which their faction was threatening another faction purported to be led by Stanley “Samora’’ Chirambadare for holding what they called an “Electoral College meeting”.

The document was signed by Chunga, Aisam, Cremio Mapfumo, Clayton Munemo, Sunday Chidzambwa and Makwinji Soma-Phiri.

“It has come to our notice that a group of people purporting to be Dynamos Football Club members held an “Electoral College” meeting at Stodart Hall, Mbare, Harare (last week). The meeting was chaired by one Henry Chari. The other people who attended the meeting were Stanley Chirambadare, David Phiri, Barnard Chidziva, Esau Amisi, Lloyd Katsvere, Bornface Kabwe, William Chari, John Zhaneiro and Sam Mukomondo,” read the document.

“The list clearly indicates that there were only eleven so-called members at the meeting. This falls far short of the requirement of 15 former players to constitute a quorum as per Article 17 of the 1963 Dynamos Constitution.

“We further advise that any person who continues to masquerade as a Dynamos member when he is not will be dealt with in terms of the laws of the country.”

And on Tuesday, the same faction threatened by Aisam and company, announced they had appointed an executive committee led by former executive member Leslie Gwindi.

Yet, on the ground the Dynamos executive is still the same which is led by Isaiah Mupfurutsa.

And Musanhu, who is now a football agent in the UK, said the factional wars do not help the Glamour Boys in any way.

“What is it that we are hearing is happening at Dynamos? I still remember Leslie Gwindi failing us at the Glamour Boys in 1998. I think, as club legends, we need to issue a statement.

“We don’t need these problems at Dynamos at the moment. Let’s have those running the club run it professionally like they are doing. The team needs to settle without the interference of selfish individuals bent on self-enriching agendas.

“We can’t have every Tom, Dick and Harry claiming a stake in the team . . . Let the team settle and continue to grow,” said Musanhu.

“Things need to be sorted out; we should do away with entertaining those who wake up in the morning and self-appoint to different portfolios.

“Someone just wakes up and say they are Dynamos chairman like Stanley Chirambadare et al, let’s have direction at the club. We don’t want a situation whereby we have everyone saying they own Dynamos, no that’s not proper.

“I don’t see any reason why Dynamos should even consider changing their executive, especially in the middle of the season.

“It doesn’t make any sense. The team is doing well and those in the executive committee are doing well, they have cleared all the debts so where is this all coming from.”

Musanhu said Dynamos are doing well at the moment and ought to be supported by all well-meaning members and former players.

“Dynamos always face problems when they begin to settle down. I am wondering why people are trying to create problems. I think we should all unite as former players and let those running the club do so peacefully.

“We cannot all be leading Dynamos just because we are former players. It doesn’t make any sense. Let’s give those running the team a chance and they have been able to get sponsorship. I know (Leslie) Gwindi, we have worked together. I am not saying he can’t run Dynamos but he once did in 1998 and we had financial questions which were not answered. Let’s leave this team to concentrate and try to have a run at the championship,” said Musanhu, who was speaking from his base in Liverpool, England.

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