8 February 2017
. . . Dynamos target Donovan Bernard
DYNAMOS cleared Tatenda Mukuruva at a time they have lined-up another Warriors goalkeeper Donavan Bernard as direct replacement.
Mukuruva, whose contract expired end of December, had been linked with a move to either Cape Town City, Ajax Cape Town and Maritzburg United.
Club president Kenny Mubaiwa said they had given up on efforts to try and ensure the Warriors goalie renews his contract and prepared his clearance letter yesterday afternoon.
“He called me concerning the issue and I tried to tell him we still needed him at Dynamos. He insisted on his clearance as he wanted it to join another club. I then had to instruct the guys at the office to prepare his clearance and I wished him well,” said club president Kenny Mubaiwa.
When Mukuruva’s contract expired he was still being owed his sign on fees, making negotiations difficult to progress.
The departure of Mukuruva brings to four key players who have moved from the club as a result of pull factors. Dominic Mukandi and Godknows Murwira joined Ngezi Platinum while Bret Amidu moved to FC Platinum.
That the club also axed senior players Rodreck Mutuma, Stephen Alimenda, Sydney Linyama and Jacob Muzokomba, means Lloyd Mutasa’s side will have a number of novices being pushed to the deep end in the coming season.
The departure of Mukuruva however means the club will have to try and find a replacement.
H-Metro understands that the club discussed possible replacements when negotiations with Mukuruva dragged on.
Top of the target was Aces Academy product Donovan Bernard who was at How Mine last year.
Asked on the issue, Mubaiwa said: “I think the coaches will be working with the other goalkeepers we had last year like Reyners while also looking for another replacement.
“And on new recruits, the person who has been working on that is Mr Marechera (Webster).”
Gibson Mahachi, who has been representing Mukuruva in the past deals, said he was in the dark concerning the issue; an indication another agent could be representing the player in the proposed move.
Asked for comment on the new developments, Mukuruva promised to shed more light. “We will talk later. I’m busy at the moment,” he said.
The dragging on of the Dynamos negotiations had seen the young player suffer a lot of abuse on social media in the past week.