By Tafadzwa Ndiraire
FORMER Dynamos captain Murape Murape says he has been humbled after he was roped in as assistant coach to Lloyd Mutasa.
The 36 year old was heavily involved as the Glamour Boys went through their paces at Hellenics Sports Club on Tuesday morning training session.
DeMbare battling the dark forces which have seen the team plummetting to 15th on the league table in a disastrous campaign under Portuguese coach Paulo Jorge Silva who has since been replaced by his assistant Lloyd Mutasa.
An emotional Murape who retired in 2014 after a glittering career in which he led the Harare giants to four successive league titles under Kalisto Pasuwa having also been part of the great squad of 1998 that reached the final of the African Champions League only to lose to Asec Mimosas in hugely controversial circumstances said it was a great feeling for him to bounce back at the club he played for as a mere 14 year old.
He returns to coaching armed with a Caf C coaching badge having gone back to school for his coaching lessons after his retirement. After his first training session with the club Murape said:
“I am honoured to be back at the team that is at my heart,” said Murape.
“It’s emotional. We fought many battles and had successful times but sometimes we also faced challenges and could not achieve our objectives but hopefully, things will change now that we are working together as a team. It’s not about me being back that will give us results but everyone associated with Dynamos, the supporters, the executive and the technical team, the players and even the kit manager to work as a team,” said Murape.
The thirty six year-old, said he was happy with the atmosphere at training adding that as technical team, they would ensure that they encourage the players to play for the Dynamos brand.
He said it was important for the players to know that once one agrees to wear the blue shirt, it means greater responsibility and one should be prepared to die for the team on the pitch.
“As technical team we have to try to encourage them to be prepared to die for the team. Its good to have some one playing for just 15 minutes and show commitment and somebody comes in. What is key is for the players is the attitude, to know that once you agree to wear the blue shirt you should be prepared to die for the team. We don’t want players to hide behind the finger and blame the technical team or anyone else. They have to fight hard not to allow opponents to do what they want,” said Murape.
Dynamos have a tough trip to Tsholotsho on Saturday and will be hoping to come out with a victory after the two teams shared the spoils in both their league meetings last season.