Mutuma divides Highlanders

Mutuma divides Highlanders
Published: 15 February 2017 (217 Views)

THE Highlanders executive is deeply divided on whether or not to sign temperamental former Dynamos hitman Rodrick Mutuma, who trained with the Bulawayo giants yesterday morning.

Sources said club treasurer Donald Ndebele and secretary-general Emmett Ndlovu are against signing the wayward forward, while acting chairman Modern Ngwenya and committee member Wisdom Mabhena want Mutuma.

The anti-Mutuma camp is pointing to the striker's wayward behaviour despite coach Erol Akbay declaring that he would deal with it.

Ngwenya rubbished claims of division within the executive over Mutuma, insisting that negotiations with the player are still in progress.

He said the Bosso coach first wanted to have a look at him in action before coming up with a concrete position.

"The coach has openly told us that he wants the boy although he needed to see him first which he has done today, so we will stand guided by his input," said Ngwenya.

Akbay expressed satisfaction with the lanky Mutuma after a two-hour training session at Barbourfields Stadium, with the Dutchman boldly declaring, "keep this guy, he fits into our high tempo football".

He was responding to questions from the media following the training session after being asked about what his recommendation to the Highlanders' leadership on Mutuma would be.

The Dutchman also said he would have wanted big Francesco Zekumbawire, as he felt his combination with Mutuma would be ideal for Highlanders who are eyeing their first Premiership title in 11 years this year.

"The two guys would have been perfect for us; one has speed and aggression, while the other's precision in front of goal is superb. Unfortunately, Zekumbawire has since signed for ZPC Kariba, but I hope we will be able to sign Mutuma," said Akbay.

A source said if results do not come their way, Akbay and his technical team can always argue that the executive failed to give them the players they wanted after Gift Mbweti, who was top of his wish list, ended up at FC Platinum and Zekumbawire joined ZPC Kariba.

Well placed sources within the Highlanders' system however, said Mutuma could become a victim of football politics involving the continued suspension of club chairman Peter Dube by Zifa.

"It's a clear case of flexing muscles here at the expense of Highlanders. We have third forces that are sympathetic to Dube and believe Zifa are punishing Highlanders, but how does the puzzle come together? Mutuma stays with a city businessman who is also close to Zifa vice-president Omega Sibanda and those sympathetic to Dube are unhappy with that set up as they believe Sibanda is failing to use his influence to have Dube's suspension lifted — a misplaced wish if you ask me — because Sibanda can't make that decision as an individual," said the source.

- chronicle

Tags: Mutuma, Bosso, Akbay,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

| Comment With Facebook Submit

There are no comments.

Sports Big Reads

Ngezi Platinum fairytale continues

by Staff reporter | 19 February 2017 | 50 Views

Mutuma in last chance saloon

by Staff reporter | 19 February 2017 | 54 Views

Mugabe's nephew, Hayatou war escalates

by Staff reporter | 19 February 2017 | 56 Views

Chiyangwa attempts to control PSL club finances

by Staff reporter | 19 February 2017 | 56 Views

Chiyangwa, CAF fallout deepens

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2017 | 278 Views

Akbay implores executive to speed up Mutuma signing

by Staff reporter | 16 February 2017 | 130 Views

Rodrick Mutuma seek spiritual guidance in Bulawayo

by Alice Dube | 15 February 2017 | 166 Views

Mutuma divides Highlanders

by Staff reporter | 15 February 2017 | 217 Views

Power Dynamos court Bosso, Chicken Inn and Bantu

by Staff reporter | 15 February 2017 | 162 Views

Chiyangwa shows Caf middle finger

by Staff reporter | 15 February 2017 | 144 Views

Canadians join Bosso training

by Staff reporter | 15 February 2017 | 181 Views

FIFA boss comes to Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2017 | 235 Views

Katsande in Warriors U-turn

by Staff reporter | 14 February 2017 | 192 Views

CAF warns divisive Chiyangwa

by BBC Sport. | 14 February 2017 | 112 Views

Chiyangwa destabilising Caf

by Staff Reporter | 13 February 2017 | 133 Views

Prophet Magaya's Chibuku Stadium deal collapses

by Staff reporter | 13 February 2017 | 213 Views

Ngezi Platinum in stalemate

by Staff reporter | 13 February 2017 | 141 Views

Bosso back from South Africa

by Staff reporter | 13 February 2017 | 138 Views

Nation Dube ready for Hwange return

by Staff reporter | 13 February 2017 | 121 Views

Bulawayo City close in on Ncube, Ngodzo

by Staff reporter | 13 February 2017 | 125 Views

Why Pasuwa was fired

by Staff reporter | 12 February 2017 | 227 Views

'I will deal with Mutuma behaviour,' says Bosso coach

by Staff reporter | 12 February 2017 | 188 Views

Misheck Marimo desperate for local football comeback

by Staf reporter | 12 February 2017 | 171 Views

Former Bosso gunman impresses in Golden Arrows win

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2017 | 166 Views

Match fixing scandal, sanctions lifted

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2017 | 109 Views

Sibanda, Chiyangwa against lifting of Peter Dube sanctions

by Staff reporter | 11 February 2017 | 119 Views

Chiyangwa lift suspensions, Peter Dube not included

by Staff reporter | 10 February 2017 | 155 Views

Mutuma Bosso deals close

by Staff reporter | 10 February 2017 | 223 Views

Dynamos lose against Guthrie Zhokinyi

by Staff reporter | 10 February 2017 | 199 Views

WATCH: Caps United officially unveil their new kit

by Staff reporter | 09 February 2017 | 201 Views

Bruce Grobbelaar wants to coach Zimbabwe Warriors

by Staff reporter | 09 February 2017 | 296 Views

Bosso to play Polokwane, Baroka

by Staff reporter | 09 February 2017 | 141 Views

WATCH: Bosso finally depart for SA

by from T Zimbwa facebook wall | 08 February 2017 | 225 Views

Prophet Magaya is Yahah Stars' technical advisor

by Staff reporter | 08 February 2017 | 173 Views

Mukuruva joins Cape Town City

by Staff reporter | 08 February 2017 | 233 Views

Bosso will not play top flight games in SA

by Staff reporter | 08 February 2017 | 174 Views

'Zvenyika Makonese lied about his age'

by Staff reporter | 08 February 2017 | 196 Views

Peter Ndlovu honoured

by Staff reporter | 08 February 2017 | 206 Views