BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
DYNAMOS are racing against time to regularise striker Alex Orotomal’s papers ahead of their Castle Lager Premier Soccer League (PSL) clash with FC Platinum in Zvishavane at the weekend.
The title-chasing giants were one of the busiest clubs on the transfer market and they had foreigners in their shopping basket whom they are trying to register before the weekend.
DeMbare recruited Orotomal, who is a Nigerian, Ghanaians Emmanuel Paga, who is also a striker and attacking midfielder Martin Ofori.
Coach Tonderai Ndiraya has been impressed by Orotomal, who has brought renewed optimism to wrest the title away from FC Platinum, who have monopolised it over the last few years.
Ngezi Platinum Stars are also looking good and are among the favourites.
As Dynamos relaunch their campaign following an Africa Cup of Nations finals-induced break, against one of their rivals, they want to have all their arsenal at the coach’s disposal.
The last encounter between the two sides in October 2019 ended in a 0-0 stalemate. Although the platinum miners went on to win the championship, they lost 1-0 at Mandava Stadium in June, meaning Dynamos had a better head-to-head that year. And as the confrontation resumes since 2019, sparks are certain to
On Monday, team manager Richard Chihoro was running around to ensure their documents are in order before the match.
“I am working on the registration of players, including the three foreigners. This is a massive game we are looking forward to,” he said.
Besides the three foreigners, Dynamos also brought in defender Brendon Mpofu from rivals Caps United, former striker Evans Katema, who had crossed to Zambia and Ralph Kawondera who joined from FC Platinum having previously been at Triangle.
Katema briefly played for Dynamos in 2019 before crossing the Zambezi River to join Zanaco. The veteran striker’s contract was not renewed by the Zambian club and he decided to reunite with Dynamos.
Ndiraya told NewsDay Sport in an earlier interview that they were excited at the arrival of Orotomal.
“He is an incredible player, very fast and powerful,” Ndiraya said. “The only thing that is lacking in him is endurance, but we are working on that.”
The west Africans underwent trials before being given contracts.
It is during that process that Orotomal caught the eye of Ndiraya with his bustling play.
“When you see a defender such as Patson Jaure failing to contain a player, then you know you have something there. He (Orotomal) is different. He is giving defenders a torrid time at training,” Ndiraya said.
Orotomal joined Dynamos from AS Kigali of Rwanda where he played in the Caf Confederations Cup and has two goals to his name in the competition. His experience playing in the African safari could come handy for Ndiraya, who is desperate for a proven striker to take his team to the league title.
Ndiraya has often complained that the strikeforce department has been the team’s weakest point with his lads firing blanks in the games they played this season.
The five-man strikeforce of Albert Eonde, Tinashe Makanda, Newman Sianchali, David Temwanjira and young Luke Musikiri contributed two goals in the 17 matches that the team played in the Chibuku Super Cup and league.
Both were scored by Eonde in the matches against Herentals and Yadah in the Chibuku Super Cup where the team reached the semi-finals.
The two goals that the team scored in the three league matches that they have played came from midfielders.
“We need to be consistent in terms of goalscoring. We have relied too much on our midfielders to score. Our strikers have not been consistent and we hope that they can improve and change things and apply a smash and grab mentality,” Ndiraya said.
Sianchali and Temwanjira paid the huge price for the team’s impotence as they have both been released to make space for the new arrivals. Ali Maliselo and Takunda Mawarire have also been told to find a new home.
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