Maruwa promises to make Dynamos great again￼
BEITBRIDGE -Dynamos coach Herbert ‘Jompano’ Maruwa has said that he is focused on making Harare giants, Dynamos a competitive side that can go head to head with recent league winners other than winning trophies.
Maruwa spoke to Mirror Sports in Beitbridge where the club is playing friendly games against local and regional clubs. The squad is expected back in Harare on Thursday.
He joined Dembare in December last year after taking over the reigns from Tonderai Ndiraya who parted ways with the club at the end of the 2021/22 season.
The Glamour boys last won the championship in 2015 under the tutelage of Calisto Pasuwa and Maruwa is aware of the expectations from the club’s ‘seven million supporters’.
“We want to stop the dominance of teams like FC Platinum, Chicken Inn and others that have dominated the league in recent years. I am glad with how we are preparing this season. We also want to close the gap between Dynamos and other big clubs,” said the Maruwa.
He is not a stranger to the boys in blue having worked as the club’s juniors team coach before joining the first team technical department under Pasuwa.
Maruwa also spent five years in charge of Black Rhinos, where he built a competitive squad.
“With or without the championship, Dembare is always associated with pressure. As a coach, you have to handle it well,” he added.
Meanwhile Dembare will kick start the season with an away fixture to league returnees Hwange FC in Hwange.
On Sunday, Dembare clashed with Central Region Soccer League side Dulibadzimu United in two friendlies. Both sides fielded junior teams and the match ended in a 0-0 stalemate. In the final match, Dembare overpowered Dulibadzimu United 2-0. Both matches were played at Mabhidhi Sports Arena.
Last season, the glamour boys finished third with a total of 58 points.
“We are in Beitbridge now. The temperatures are almost similar with those in Hwange. The reason why we came here is to get to know each other well and also to prepare for the Hwange game. Hwange has been always a difficult place to play football, so we need to prepare well,” he said.