Kalisto Pasuwa, coach for the Zimbabwean football championship team Dynamos, says he is worried by the high number of star players leaving the club as they prepare for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League and the 2013 domestic season.
Dynamos’ top player, reigning Castle Soccer Star of the Year, Denver Mukamba, has left the club to join South Africa’s BidVest Wits after leading Dembare to the Castle Lager League title and the Mbada Diamonds Cup.
Another top player, the 2011 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League’s top scorer, Roderick Mutuma, has also made no secret of his intentions to leave Dynamos, pleading with the club to release him should he be successful in trials for the Orlando Pirates in South Africa.
Mutuma is also being sought by two other South African clubs, Bloemfontein Celtic and Dynamos.
There has also been speculation that players Simba Sithole and Partson Jaure may leave Dembare for clubs in South Africa or Europe, where there are better salaries on offer.
Coach Pasuwa says he is worried as he has not heard from some of his top players and does not know where they are.
Pasuwa says he has communicated with most players on the Dynamos roster this year, but Mutuma, Jaure, and Sithole have not yet pledged their commitment, despite the fact that all three are already registered to play for Dynamos in the CAF Champions League.
The Confederation of African Football tournament starts in February with Dynamos set to play Correctional Services of Lesotho.
The registration deadline for the tournament has passed and the Confederation of African Football’s regulations do not permit a club to replace players they have already registered.
Although Dynamos have since registered veteran Stephen Alimenda, from relegated Hardbody, as well as Artwell Mukandi and Rusell Madamombe from Monomotapa, Pasuwa says the loss of Mutuma, Sithole, and Jaure would be a big blow to his team’s chances of a good showing in Africa’s top football competition.
Pasuwa says he has asked for a meeting with the Dynamos leadership to see how best to resolve the player crisis.
Dynamos Football Club chairman, Keni Mubaiwa, says Dynamos will not stand in the way of a player who wants to move to South Africa, saying his club will do its best to find replacements for the departed players.
Although registration for players to feature in the CAF competition has passed, the Premier Soccer League are still to open registration for players for the 2013 soccer season, which gives Dynamos the chance to buy new players for its domestic programme.
The transfer window for Zimbabwean teams to acquire new players opens on Tuesday and closes the first week of March.