By Sports Reporter
STRUGGLING Harare giants, Dynamos have fired Lloyd “Ma Blanyo” Chigove and his assistants after a disastrous start to their Castle Lager premiership campaign that has seen them losing three of the four league matches.
Chigowe, who took over the coaching reins at Dynamos in September last year, following the sacking of Lloyd Mutasa, was informed of the decision by club chairman Isaiah Mupfurutsa following a crisis meeting of the club leadership on Monday night.
Mupfurutsa revealed that long serving team manager Richard Chihoro and club captain Edward Sadomba will take charge on an interim basis with a new coach expected to be unveiled by the end of the week.
“Yes I can confirm that we have parted ways with Lloyd Chigowe and his technical staff. We will announce the new substantive coach in the next few days,” Mupfurutsa told newzimbabwe.com in an interview on Tuesday.
“I’m sure by the time we get to Saturday or Sunday there will be a new coach in place but in the interim, the team manager Richard Chihoro, captain Edward Sadomba will be working with the team together with the fitness trainer.”
Mupfurutsa said it had become virtually impossible for Chigowe to continue in his role following the reaction of the fans, who were baying for his blood after the loss to Herentals, Monday.
“The club had been very patient with Lloyd Chigowe but the results and performances were not improving. We gave them enough time but unfortunately things did not work out.
“If you also look at the reaction of the fans on Monday, they were baying for his blood. I’m sure it had now become very dangerous for them to continue because if the fans have lost faith him, it would even be very difficult for him to do his job properly,” he said.
Chigowe, the man who won many hearts after masterminding DeMbare’s survival last season before being given the job on a fulltime basis, appeared to have won the hearts of the club’s faithful after a strong finish to the season.
Despite signing several new players during the off-season, Chigowe oversaw a dismal start to the season, managing to win just one of their first four matches this season.
Dynamos started their campaign with a 2-0 win over newly promoted basement side Mushowani Stars before suffering defeats against Hwange (2-1), Chicken Inn (2-0) and going down to rivals Highlanders in the Independence Cup Trophy on April 18.
The last straw came on Easter Monday when DeMbare suffered a humiliating 1-0 loss at home to minnows Herentals.
Dynamos assistant coach, Murape Murape, who was also fired together with Chigowe, appeared resigned to the fact that they were set to lose their jobs during the post-match interview on Monday.
“We played well, but we could not utilise the chances that came our way. As for those demanding for our resignation, when you are given a job what’s left is for you to leave,” said Murape.
Dutch coach Pieter de Jongh, who has previously coached the Swaziland national team and Kenyan side AFC Leopards is the early front runner to take over the top job at Dynamos. De Jongh reportedly has the backing of the team’s main sponsors South African-based cigarette manufacturer, Gold Leaf Tobacco.
The 48-year-old De Jongh has also worked as a technical advisor for youth development at the Confederation of African Football between June and December 2018 in addition to a previous role as Rwanda national team director back in 2016.
There have also been reports linking former Ngezi Platinum Stars and Young Warriors gaffer Tonderai Ndiraya with a return to DeMbare while Mutasa, a favourite of the Dynamos board chairperson Bernard Marriot Lusengo could also complete a sensational return to the club that sacked him twice last season.