Murape to coach Dynamos juniors

VETERAN Dynamos midfielder and captain Murape Murape is set to be redeployed as juniors’ coach.

TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Reports had suggested Murape would be earmarked for an assistant coaching position within the senior team following the decision by their target man Biggie Zuze to return to Triangle despite having signed a contract with the champions.

That had been seen as an opportunity for Murape whose contract with Dynamos as a player expired last year, to launch his coaching career with his boyhood team as one of the assistant coaches.

However, the club leadership felt the 33-year-old Murape, who was part of the squad that made history by winning a fourth successive championship last season, still had a lot to learn.

The club leadership said at his age, Murape now represented the past and that his best bet would be to try other areas like coaching.

The sudden decision by Zuze to return to his former club Triangle where he assumed an assistant coaching position under former Highlanders gaffer Kelvin Kaindu had appeared to have opened a window of hope for Murape to be one of David Mandigora’s assistants.

However, team manager Richard Chihoro clarified yesterday there would not be any changes to the technical team structure for now. He said Murape would be deployed to coach the junior teams.

“There won’t be any changes to the technical team for now,” he said.

“Murape will be deployed to coach the junior teams alongside Herbet Maruva. We are still talking to him about it. That is our position as a technical team.”

Maruva, a holder of a Caf A licence coaching certificate and current coach of the Dynamos juniors, had been linked with the assistant coaching job with the senior team.

Tonderai Ndiraya and goalkeepers’ coach Gift Muzadzi are two of Mandigora’s assistants with Richard Chihoro coming in as team manager.

Dynamos have started preparations for the new season under Mandigora who is assessing a number of players as he seeks to build a squad that could emulate the class of last season that beat a spirited ZPC Kariba to the finishing line.

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