11 July 2017
DYNAMOS left back Ocean Mushure’s failure to move to a big foreign club at a young age remains a mystery.
Those close to him, however, say his reluctance to take risks and also deal with better football agents destroyed what could have otherwise been a greater career.
The player was inspirational for the Warriors in South Africa as Sunday Chidzambwa’s charges brushed aside every team on their way, including highly rated Zambia in the final, to win the Cosafa Castle Cup.
Such a performance seems to have opened doors for what could be a last chance for Mushure to play for a foreign club but 32 years will not give him a long contract from a serious big club.
“When he left Motor Action to join Dynamos in 2012, that was the time he should have moved out of the country.
“He had won the league title already and there was nothing to prove. What didn’t come his way were concrete offers and his tendency to change goal posts and agreeing to contract renewal with local clubs when his manager or agent is not aware of, lately, did not help matters,” said a source close to the player.
“Even after he moved to Dynamos, after just two years, he was ready for a bigger stage but everytime he went for trials, it did not work out. The injuries as well did not work to his favour.
“When Oscar Machapa later went to AS Vita, he (Ocean) was the one who was the first option and should have gone for the big money but somehow things did not work out for him again.”
There was never any doubt that Mushure has been one of Zimbabwe’s best left back players in the past decade, with the player getting praises even from rival teams.
He was rivaled by former Kaizer Chiefs man Zhaimu Jambo and Onismo Bhasera.
Now he could just make the long awaited move that should have taken place long back.
Yesterday Dynamos were confident that anything that happens to Mushure in the next weeks will still be beneficial to them in one way or the other.
It is likely Mushure could get a short term contract with a South African side if he agrees to the terms.
But that team will have to buy the player from DeMbare who agreed a new contract with him ending in December 2018.
“He is with us until December 2018 so we are not really worried about it. If something is to happen, we will then find out from the technical team on replacements.
“As of now, there is nothing we can do. It will not be proper for management to say we have to look for a player that can replace this player. It all comes from the technical team,” Secretary General Webster Marechera told H-Metro yesterday.
Dynamos assistant coach Biggie Zuze, who has been in charge in the absence of Lloyd Mutasa, hailed Mushure as the player that drives the team when the going gets tough.