DYNAMOS look like they are in a mess after several key players deserted the club. But their mythical seven million supporters are optimistic.
To DeMbare supporters, it is treasonous to expect the team to fail no matter the circumstances.
That is why they call it Chazunguza, a team that might as well borrow the Adidas catch-line: impossible is nothing.
Everything else – money, drinking water and even thinking capacity – can run out at Dynamos, but optimism is ubiquitous.
It cascades down from board chair Bernard Marriot to the fan who follows action at Rufaro while hanging precariously from a tree before making it into the stadia when gates open a few minutes before the final whistle.
The team’s president, Kenny Mubaiwa, is also good at giving the Dynamos fans what they want – a positive assessment of very dire situations.
When Brett Amidu left for FC Platinum, Mubaiwa had an interesting spin to it, cheekily claiming that the midfielder had made a wrong move, one he will forever regret.
Mubaiwa even claimed that Amidu was repeating the same mistake that Joel Ngodzo made when he left Highlanders – at the top of his game – for the platinum miners.
“Greed messed up his (Amidu’s) mind,” the DeMbare president was quoted saying last month.
Apart from Amidu, this off-season has also seen Dynamos losing goalie Tatenda Mkuruva to Cape Town FC in South Africa and the pair of Godknows Murwira and Dominic Mukandi to Ngezi Platinum Stars.
Obey Mwerahari has also left.
The quartet of Rodrick Mutuma, Sydney Linyama, Stephen Alimenda and Jacob Muzokomba was shown the exit door.
That is a total of nine first team players who left the club.
But DeMbare are not mourning. Neither are their fans who have this amazing ability to quickly label yesterday’s heroes mercenaries the moment they leave the Glamour Boys.
Take the curious case of Mkuruva for example.
The DeMbare faithful backed him to the hilt despite iffy performances in both club and national team colours last year.
Even though stats showed that Petros Mhari did better than Mkuruva, this lot argued that theirs was the better man.
But when Mkuruva decided against training with DeMbare after his contract lapsed the goalie, had tonnes of vitriol poured his way.
With the rate at which everything, including the kitchen sink, was being thrown at him it wouldn’t have been surprising to hear one DeMbare fan blaming Mkuruva for causing the potholes in Mbare.
Yes, it was that bad.
Empty coffers once again mean that Dynamos cannot boss the transfer market and have to rely on bargains and coach Lloyd Mutasa’s experienced talent spotting eye.
A visit to the team’s training ground at Hellenic Sports Club last Thursday revealed that the Glamour Boys have not made any glamour signings.
There are dozens of youngsters playing, many of them who lose concentration when a photojournalist points a camera their way.
Mutasa tells us what he really thinks of the squad at his disposal.“We might not have the financial muscle to bulldoze the market but we have unearthed a number of gems some of whom are coming from as far as Chipinge and Mutoko.
“Probably we might have an ace in the pack. We will spring one or two surprises for our fans and get back to a respectable position. We are building an attacking team and we have covered a lot of ground.”
The youngsters that have charmed Mutasa literally worship the ground that Denver Mukamba walks on.
Mukamba will be key to DeMbare’s success; while the likes of Elisha Muroiwa, Tichaona Chipunza and Valentine Ndaba will have to step up and show they are now men.
Big defender Victor Kamhuka is also back at DeMbare, and although he is clumsy, he is one man Mutasa can count on.
“The mix between the senior players and the newcomers is coming good; I can say we are at 80 percent now. Probably we will need another centre-back to beef up the rearguard. We can’t be in the market like others but if we can get one or two more additions we will be good to go,” said Mutasa.
Efforts are also underway to rope in Warriors reserve ‘keeper Donovan Bernard.
But even if they fail to get him, DeMbare and their never changing seven million fans will still approach the 2017 Premier Soccer League season with overflowing optimism.
The seven million will expect to massacre Higlanders, embarass Caps United and storm to Premier League glory.
It’s in their DNA. They don’t know how to do it any other way.
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