CHAMPIONS Dynamos are set to make a few additions to their squad as they step up preparations for the prestigious African Champions League next year with Monomotapa forward Ronald Chitiyo and Highlanders’ Masimba Mambare reported to be on the club’s hunt list.
Chitiyo had a good season despite his team being relegated to the Division One league — and it’s unfortunate his talents escaped those mandated to select the outstanding players of the season.
He has been linked with a move to the South African PSL in the next transfer window in January, but the lure of the champions league is likely to see him joining DeMbare.
He was on Harare City’s radar in July, but Chicken Inn, one of the best administered and financially stable clubs in the country, keeping their ears on the ground.
Mambare is also reported to have shown interest in joining the Glamour Boys, although newboys ZPC Kariba were also said to be interested in the former Motor Action man.
Dynamos secretary-general Webster Chikengezha confirmed the club would make some additions for next season, but could not disclose the targeted players.
“We are going to retain basically the same squad. We will make a few additions of course. We will add at least two or three players. We are not going to make wholesale changes to the team,” Chikengezha said.
Dynamos defeated Black Mambas 2-0 at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday to beat Highlanders who also won 3-1 against Shabanie Mine and Harare City who drew 2-2 against Caps United to the finishing line courtesy of a superior goal difference.
The three teams finished tied on 54 points, but Dynamos had a superior goal difference of plus-21 against Highlanders and Harare City’s plus-18.
Harare City who led the league table before the last round of matches, dropped to third position behind Highlanders on goals scored.
The three teams finished tied on 54 points .
Dynamos who reached the final of the African Champions League in 1998 and were semi-finalists in 2008, have been struggling in recent years to match those lofty heights set by legends Sunday Chidzambwa and David Mandigora.
Last time they exited the prestigious competition in the first round — a pale shadow of their usual self.
And the DeMbare leadership led by Harare businessman Kenni Mubaiwa — still basking in the glory of winning the league title for the third successive season the first executive to achieve that feat — is aware of the need to better last season’s performance.
Mubaiwa has been bailing out the team in times of need this season and poured a staggering $130 000 into the team from his pockets while club secretary-general Webster Chikengezha also put in $20 000.
The executive was scheduled to meet yesterday to deliberate, among other things, their participation in the African Champions League.
BancABC are the principal sponsors of the Zimbabwe champions.