By Sports Reporter
HARARE giants Dynamos have rewarded interim coach Lloyd Chigowe for rescuing the team from relegation by offering the veteran gaffer a new contract to lead the team on full time basis next season.
The Dynamos leadership appointed Chigowe caretaker-coach and gave him the mandate to save the team from relegation following the sacking of Lloyd Mutasa in September.
Chigowe and his deputy Murape Murape managed to achieve the target with the once prosperous Harare outfit ending the season in 11th place, four rungs above the relegation zone.
And as a result, they got the chance to rebuild a team to restore the glory days of yesteryear.
Chigowe, a former Young Warriors gaffer confirmed the job offer on the side-lines of the Soccer Stars selection in Harare on Thursday.
“Dynamos have offered me the job. We are finalising the finer aspects of the contract tomorrow (Friday) and I have in principle accepted the job,” Chigowe said.
Chigowe will be to do a major overhaul of the human resource at the Dynamos in preparation for the 2019 season which may begin in August.
The coach is also looking to delve into the transfer market and complete a significant amount of business by Christmas.
“First of all I need players who are at home in Rufaro Stadium which is the home of Dynamos. You would not want players who get nerves when they are playing in front of their own crowd. It means we are looking at bringing in experienced players some of them formerly at Dynamos and some from outside Dynamos,” Chigowe said.
“We are grateful to the youngsters who worked hard for the team to survive. We needed to take cognisance of the fact that some of them worked their socks off for the team to be where it is and reward them.
“Going forward, we have already identified players and others are already enquiring about the possibility of joining Dynamos. So before we go for Christmas, we should have a clear picture but we must build a competitive side that should challenge for the championship.
“Dynamos has won the championship 21 times so to the Dynamos fans and family they do not take it for granted that Dynamos must be fighting for the championship every season. So we cannot take them for granted,” he said.
Chigove is bemused by the fact that Dynamos’ top scorer in the just ended season had six goals only and has made a search for a proven goal scorer a priority.
Dembare also had one of the worst defences in the league conceding 37 goals in 34 matches.