Ray Bande and Fungai Munyoro
NGEZI Platinum captain Liberty Chakoroma, who was sacked by the club together with Simba Nhivi for leading an industrial action, is highly likely to reunite with coach Tonderai Ndiraya at Dynamos.
The former Buffaloes player, who traces his roots to Sakubva high density suburb, told Post Sport yesterday that he is waiting for his clearance letter from Ngezi Platinum and is likely to join Dynamos.
“I am still waiting for my clearance letter. I have links with DeMbare and I am likely to join DeMbare. That is all I can say for now and of course the fact that I received a letter of dismissal from Ngezi Platinum,” said Chakoroma.
Ngezi Platinum Stars on Wednesday expelled the two senior players for leading an industrial action which rocked the Mhondoro side on the eve of their Premiership clash against TelOne.
Xolisani Moyo has survived the chop but will face club sanctions.
Erol Akbay’s charges had last week threatened not to fulfill the TelOne tie at Baobab if the club refused to review their salaries.
But, the executive had to act swiftly to resolve the impasse before Nhivi’s strike helped the team beat TelOne to take their points tally to 10, in six matches.
“As a club, we were very surprised and disappointed by the actions of a few of our players on the 3rd of May 2019 when they embarked on an illegal industrial action demanding a revision of their conditions of service,’’ the club said in a statement.
“This action was taken while negotiations were underway and under circumstances where we didn’t owe them anything.
“Pursuant to the illegal industrial action we had to institute disciplinary proceedings involving the players in question, leading to two of our senior players leaving the club.’’
The players were demanding a salary review as the highest-paid player at the platinum mining team was reported to be earning $900 by last week.
Chakoroma came close to signing for debutants Manica Diamonds after his contract ran out at the end of last year before the Ngezi Platinum executive persuaded him to sign a one-year extension.
Having surrendered the fight for a maiden Premiership title late last year, Ngezi Platinum Stars moved to tie down their key players, Chakoroma included, as they hoped to win the championship for the 2019 season.
The Mhondoro miners were primed to land the 2018 championship having displayed inspiring intent in the early stages of the season.
But somehow, the wheels came off what had appeared a seemingly well-drilled outfit and as Ngezi faltered, FC Platinum seized the initiative.
In a panic-driven move, Ngezi axed coach Ndiraya, who is now with Dynamos, with only five matches to play to the end of the season last season.
They then elevated assistant coach Clifton Kadurira to the helm.
But Kadurira could do nothing to stop the FC Platinum juggernaut from marching towards the title and be crowned for the second time on the spin and this time with a luxury of two games to spare.
Still, it was not so long before Kadurira made way for the club’s current coach Akbay.