Snodia Mikiri, Sports Reporter
NGEZI Platinum are reported to be at loggerheads with coach Rodwell Dhlakama over bringing Denver Mukamba to Baobab.
Dhlakama has made it clear that he wants to sign the player he transformed at Chapungu, describing him as his unfinished project.
H-Metro, however, understands the Ngezi executive are not interested in bringing the midfielder to Baobab with fears that he might tarnish their image with his documented errant behaviour.
“There is a possible standoff because the executive is not interested in Mukamba but at the same time topping coach Dhlakama’s wish list.
“There is a club policy that is followed in as a far as recruitment is concerned and it includes the player conduct on and off the field. And as you know, Mukamba has his previous which the executive is not happy with. We have to wait and see how they reach an agreement on that,” said the source at Baobab.
Dhlakama made a bold decision when he brought Mukamba at Chapungu in the just ended season where the player did not disappoint.
And with Chapungu relegated, Dhlakama knows it is easy to secure the former Warriors captain’s signature.
In fact, Dhlakama went public about his desire to bring the enterprising midfielder on board.
“Mukamba need someone who understands him. He needs fatherly love and that’s what I gave him at Chapungu.
“I am glad he is now back in full force, he just needs good management and the good thing about it is he is willing to reform.
“He is my project and I haven’t yet finished rehabilitating him,” said Dhlakama at the club’s end of year awards recently.
The deal, according to sources, hangs in balance as the executive is hesitant.
However, Ngezi Platinum chairman Jeremiah Gasitene poured cold water on the reported stalemate saying they respect the coach’s wishes.
“The duty of the executive is to support the coaches in assembling the best team that can give us the desired results,” said Gasitene.
Gasitene admitted that there is a recruitment policy at the club.
“The club has a recruitment policy and every player recruitment is based on that.
“We are considering all the players put forward by the coaches and soon will be announcing the new acquisitions once finalised,” said Gasitene.