30 March 2017

OFFLOADED . . .  Mbara looks back over his shoulder after scoring an own goal during the 2016 Telkom Knockout quarterfinal game between Orlando Pirates and Highlands Park at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 5 November 2016 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

FORMER Dynamos captain Augustine Mbara is set to bounce back into the Premiership as a free agent after he cancelled his contract with Highlands Park by mutual consent.

Mbara, who moved to South Africa last year, failed to get game time after the coming in of a new coach, leaving him with no choice but to seek a future away from the ABSA Premiership newboys.

His manager Gibson Mahachi confirmed the developments but did not indicate which local club the left footed defender will be joining.

“The termination was by mutual consent. We had hoped for the best and this was unfortunate. This move is good for his career because he was not getting game time. There was still a year on his contract since he signed a two-year deal right about this time last year.

“Right now he is sorting out his personal things but he will be back into action soon. The good thing is that he was still training with the team but not getting game time,” said Mahachi.

Before Mbara left DeMbare, he had just bounced back into the team after coach Paulo Jorge Silva had been fired.

Coach Lloyd Mutasa made sure he was back in the team as they tried to revive a season that had started badly.

His stay though was short-lived.

His manager could neither confirm nor deny that he will be joining his former club.

DeMbare will be looking for Elisha Muroiwa’s replacement as the defender is now set to move to Tanzania in June.

Mahachi said: “I can’t tell which team he will join. What I can tell you is that he is a free agent and he could join any team.”

In recent years DeMbare have been taking back players coming from South Africa, with the list including Denver Mukamba and Rodreck Mutuma.

Most recently they also tried to negotiate with Patson Jaure but lost the battle to Ngezi Platinum.

The biggest challenge in re-negotiating with their former players has however been that they would be owing them money.

A source said: “Such players experience the same challenges that players with expired contracts face.

They will be owed either bonuses or sign on fees. So negations become very difficult.

“That is why sometimes, such players end up joining other teams.”

The developments however come at a time when the Premiership giants have been rebuilding the team with some unheralded players.

For the central defence, Mutasa could use Obey Mwerahari and Lincoln Zvasiya in the post Muroiwa era while Marshal Machazane is the other option.

While opinion has always been divided about Mbara’s capabilities, former Warriors coach Klaus Pagels described him as the perfect modern central defender who can start play from the back.