A DEFIANT Murape Murape made a surprise appearance on the technical bench before Dynamos’ Castle Lager Premiership tie against Tsholotsho at Rufaro Stadium on Wednesday.
The Dynamos assistant coach was sacked by the club leadership on Tuesday over media comments in which he said most of the players at Dynamos lacked quality and mental strength to drive the team to glory.
He appeared to suggest that management did not buy the right players for the club and depended mainly on freebies.
Despite the sacking, Murape made a surprise appearance Wednesday and was rewarded with standing ovation by the fans. Head coach Lloyd Mutasa too was well received as well by the fans.
Mutasa was also told on Tuesday he had no future at the club following a string of poor results including the recent defeat to old enemy Highlanders and the Chibuku Super Cup exit at the hands of Tsholotsho on Sunday.
The club leadership is now looking for a new coach to take over from Mutasa.
Wednesday’s 2-0 win against Tsholotsho 2-0, it lifted Dynamos back into the top four with thirty-eight points, 10 adrift of leaders FC Platinum.
Crucially, only three points now separates DeMbare from third placed Highlanders.
Mutasa has now collected thirty-three points from 19 matches since he took over from Paulo Jorge Silva.
No going back
However, not even the backing from the supporters, or the impressive results will save Lloyd Mutasa and his assistant Murape with the club president Keni Mubaiwa insisting they were on the prowl for a new coach.
After the match on Wednesday, Mubaiwa said they were done with Murape despite his appearance on the technical bench and that a new coach was on the way.
After a nervy start, Dynamos stamped their authority with Takunda Sadiki putting them ahead on 17 minutes, pouncing on a loose ball near the penalty area before drilling a low shot to beat goalkeeper Nickel Marichi.
While the goal gave them a great lift, Tsholotsho refused to be cowed into submission and threatened with some fine raids. Nixon Gama even had the ball in the nets on 56 minutes but it was ruled offside.
Mutasa then made some changes bringing in new boy Tawanda Macheke who wasted no time to sew up the contest two minutes from full time with a beautiful strike under challenge from Tsholotsho defenders.Advertisement
Macheke, clearly overcome by emotion, raced to the technical area where he embraced his coach Mutasa and also gave his mother a hug which lit up Rufaro.
Meanwhile, Caps United played out a goalless draw against ZPC Kariba at Nyamhunga while FC Platinum were also held to a goalless draw by basement club Border Strikers at Dulivadzimu Stadium in Beitbridge.