In a move to avert another player exodus, Dynamos Football Club have moved swiftly by locking down goalkeeper Tatenda Mukuruva, who has signed a fresh one-year contract.
Mukuruva’s previous contract with Dynamos expired on December 31 and two clubs Harare City and FC Platinum were reportedly circling around the 19-year-old goalie.
The Harare giants have so far lost influential players in the caliber of Ronald Chitiyo and Blessing Moyo, who were snapped by City last week.
According to NewsDay Sport, the goalkeeper’s manager, Gibson Mahachi yesterday confirmed that Mukuruva has opted for the former league champions in a deal that will keep him at the club for another season.
“He signed a one-year contract, it’s already finalised,” Mahachi, who refused to discuss the financial details of the contract, said.
The former Prince Edward goalkeeper rose through the Dynamos ranks and made his professional debut for the club in October 2014 under former coach Kalisto Pasuwa.
He has not looked back since wresting the first team jersey from Artwell Mukandi, who has since decided not to renew his contract with the club.
Mukuruva’s brilliance saw him being called to the Young Warriors squad and eventually the national senior men’s team.
He was the Warriors’ star man when they beat Malawi in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Blantyre late last year on his debut.
Mukuruva is likely to claim the number one jersey for the Warriors at the African Nations Championships finals, which begin in Rwanda in two weeks’ time.
Dynamos secretary-general, Webster Chikengezha confirmed the deal.
Meanwhile, Chikengezha also revealed that defender Sydney Linyama had extended his stay with the club for another year.
Linyama had previously attracted interest from AS Vita of the Democratic Republic of Congo and was expected to move this month, but it appears the deal fell through.
Chikengezha also revealed that the club has also moved quickly to tie down Elisha Muroiwa, one of the team’s standout performers last season, with a new contract. Muroiwa’s contract expires in June.
This could be good news to the Dynamos supporters after the club lost their star players, Chitiyo and Moyo, after failing to tie them down early, with Harare City enticing them with better offers.
Moyo’s move is not yet cast in stone, as Dynamos have demanded a development fee, which City is willing to pay, but the figure could be a subject of dispute between the two Harare clubs.
Mukandi said he will not renew his contract and is linked with a move to ZPC Kariba, while rivals Caps United and Highlanders are also said to be interested in the former Pamushana High School student.
Midfielder Stephen Alimenda has been linked with a move to newly-promoted Mutare City, although the player has refuted the claims. Alimenda said he still has a running contract with the Dynamos.
Reports linking the last season’s star player, Ocean Mushure and utility player, Godknows Murwira with moves elsewhere refuse to go away. The two however, still have contracts with DeMbare.