Curtworth Masango


DYNAMOS have fired coach Herbert Maruwa after just one match of a 5-game ultimatum.

The Harare giants have also suspended assistant coach Murape Murape and manager Richard Chihoro amid speculation they will eventually be sent packing.

Dynamos are NINE points behind leaders Highlanders after 18 matches but the club believes they have a chance in the title race.

The leadership then gave Maruwa a five-game ultimatum in which he had to win ALL matches, starting with the game against Hwange at Barbourfields on Sunday.

It ended in a disappointing goalless draw against the coalminers. Effectively that marked the end of Maruwa’s stint as Dynamos coach.

In a statement Tuesday, Dynamos said they had reached a mutual agreement with Maruwa that he had missed the target set.

“Dynamos Football Club and Head coach Herbert Maruwa have agreed on mutual separation . The mutual separation which is with immediate effect has been occasioned by the team’s performance as at the 2023 season’s half way mark.

“Both parties agreed that the mutual separation will be in the best interests of Dynamos Football Club and the Head coach.

“The Club shall forever remain indebted to the services rendered to the Club by Mr Maruwa during the subsistence of his contract of employment . The Club wishes Coach Maruwa all the best in his next placement .

“Meanwhile the Club has suspended, without pay and benefits 2nd Assistant coach Murape Murape and team manager Richard Chihoro for gross misconduct and they are set to appear before the Club’s Disciplinary tribunal in due course,”read the Dynamos statement.

On Monday, Dynamos chairman Moses Maunganidze said they were still in the championship race mathematically hence the need for the team to perform at its best.

“We gave our coaches a five-game assessment. Going into the second half we are saying we still have a chance to win the championship mathematically.

“So we believe that the results in the next five matches should be clear as if the team is going in the right direction. But our performances won’t be assessed in isolation. We are taking a holistic approach as we put the checks on the barometer.

“As Dynamos we were clear in the beginning of the season that we are vying for the championship and we still believe it’s possible. So in the meantime, we wouldn’t want to see the gap between us and the table toppers increase. We want to make sure the gap is bridged and we close our way down,” he said.

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