23 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Kutyauripo Speaks On Career

DYNAMOS defender David Kutyauripo says he will have to move on with his career after learning that he will no longer be part of the Harare giants set up when his contract expires this month. Kutyauripo is one of the experienced players that are set to be released together with veteran skipper Desmond Maringwa, George Magariro and injury prone midfielder Wonder Sithole.

However, the roving rightback, who had been an integral part of the DeMbare machine in the previous three campaigns in continental inter-club competitions, yesterday said he was still waiting for official communication from the Glamour Boys management before deciding on his next move.

The 33-year old former Njube Sundowns, Shooting Stars and CAPS United fullback, who also played in Cyprus between 2005 and 2006, said he was still pondering his future as he feels he has more years in football.

Kutyauripo's two-year contract is set to end this month and he was not included in Dynamos' provisional squad for next year's Champions League.

He had been with DeMbare since 2009 when he penned a one-year deal before negotiating for a further two years, and then winning a remarkable back-to-back league and cup double under Callisto Pasuwa.

"Unfortunately my contract has ended and as things stand it looks like it is not going to be extended because we have not discussed anything with the club," said Kutyauripo.

"But I will not rush to make decisions at this point about my future.

After all I haven't received official communication from Dynamos yet.

"Probably I would need to sit down and think carefully about my career before making the next move. In the meantime I will be training on my own to keep fit."

Kutayuripo played a blinder in his last game in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final against Monomotapa to help the Glamour Boys complete a dream double.

But in spite of their dominance in the domestic competitions, DeMbare have of late found the going tough in Africa.

In the hope of turning around their fortunes, the club has axed some of their ageing players and are looking to bring on board nine new signings to bolster the side for the rigours of the Champions League tournament next year.

Dynamos were drawn to face minnows Lesotho Correctional Services in the preliminary round scheduled for February 2013.

Kutyauripo said he had no hard feelings after being left out. He also acknowledged the exposure he got at DeMbare after his return from Cyprus in 2006 and then

later joining CAPS United and Shooting Stars before returning to the Glamour Boys for a longer stay in 2009 until present.

"Dynamos had become more like a second family to me. We had become so close as players and officials, especially with the technical team.

"I can say I really enjoyed my stay at Dynamos during the last three seasons and I have no hard feelings if the club decides they will not renew my contract.

"Life has to go on. Although I had thought that I would be playing in the Champions League again next year, it is the club that has the final decision and I have to respect that.

"I did my best for the team and I would like to wish them good luck in the future. This club played a big part in enhancing my career and I will remain grateful," he said.

A favourite of the DeMbare faithful because of his antics on the pitch, Kutyauripo said he enjoyed the warm affection of the club's supporters.

"It's important in life to realise that one has to move on despite encountering setbacks. As I see it is, definitely, not the end of the world.

"For me to be where I am today it was because of the supporters. I just want to say thank you to the Dynamos fans because they have the true spirit of football. I just wish they continue rallying behind the team in good and bad times," said Kutyauripo.

DeMbare are hoping to improve their performance in the 2013 edition of the Champions League after suffering disappointments in the last two years by failing to reach the lucrative group stages.

The Harare giants will be Zimbabwe's sole representatives in the campaign as Monomotapa who had been expected to take part in the Confederation Cup withdrew citing financial constraints.

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