The Herald (Harare)

20 February 2013

Zimbabwe: Dembare Sign Washington Pakamisa

CHAMPIONS Dynamos have widened their attacking options with the addition of Washington Pakamisa to their arsenal after the former CAPS United skipper completed his move by agreeing to a three-year contract on Monday.

DeMbare have been short in numbers upfront since the loss of key men Simba Sithole and Rodrick Mutuma to the South African Premiership and vice-chairman Webster Chikengezha yesterday confirmed that they have roped in the powerful forward.

Pakamisa is one of the seven players that were released by cash-strapped CAPS United last week following in-house problems with their management over outstanding dues.

The striker started training with DeMbare on Thursday and agreed terms with the Glamour Boys' management before the weekend.

"We actually agreed on a deal last Thursday but I did not have the contract papers with me then. So we just waited until after the weekend and he came to sign the papers yesterday (Monday)," said Chikengezha.

"I think we might bring one or two more players, the reason being that we have players like Farai Mupasiri attracting interest from outside the country. So we have to be prepared for any eventualities.

"We wouldn't want to suffer along the way in defence of our domestic titles and in the Champions League competition.

"Since we still have slots in the Caf squad, we may need to make use of the July window if we manage to make it to the group stages."

Chikengezha also said DeMbare are hoping to conclude the loan deal for Francisco Zekumbawira today following protracted negotiations with Hwange which began late last year.

Zekumbawira arrived in Harare last week but could not feature in Dynamos' Champions League match against Lesotho Correctional Services as the coal miners refused to give him clearance.

Hwange have placed a US$15 000 price tag on the player for a season loan.

"We had wanted to make part payment but Hwange insisted that they want the full amount before we can get the player.

"So we had talked to some officials in Hwange last week and they indicated that they had allowed the player to join us as we iron out the outstanding issues. That is why he had come here.

"Anyway, we are hoping to settle everything tomorrow (today) and he should be back at training on Thursday (tomorrow)," said Chikengezha.

Dynamos are now hoping to have a full squad for the return leg of the Bob '89 Super Cup against Highlanders. DeMbare carry a 2-1 advantage courtesy of goals from their captain Tawanda Muparati and Patrick Khumbula in the first leg played at Barbourfields two weeks ago.

Team manager, Richard Chihoro, yesterday said Pakamisa's signing was a welcome development as it will boost competition for places upfront.

"We have been talking about the players we lost during the pre-season which left us with a thin strikeforce but, I think, the team is now balanced in all departments.

"We have managed to get Clive Kawinga, Patrick Khumbula, Allan Tavarwisa and Washington Pakamisa who signed a three-year contract on Monday.

"I believe they are good players and it's now up to them to prove themselves when selected to play," said Chihoro.

Kawinga will have to wait a little bit longer for his debut as he has been ruled out of Sunday's match because of an ankle injury.

The former Eagles and CAPS United man has been placed under the watch of the team's medical department and should start light training next week.

Good news in the DeMbare camp is that wingback Ocean Mushure is making progress from a knee problem and yesterday joined his teammates in training.

Goalkeepers' coach Tichaona Diya is expected to lead the preparations for the remainder of the week as head coach Callisto Pasuwa and his assistant Tonderai Ndiraya will be attending a Premier Soccer League refresher course scheduled to begin in Harare tomorrow.

Highlanders' coaches Kelvin Kaindu and Bekithemba Ndlovu are also expected to attend the course.

"This is going to be a very interesting game because we know Highlanders are coming here looking for goals to overturn the first leg result but they should be careful that they may end up conceding more.

"Of course, Highlanders are a very good side and you should have seen how they played in Bulawayo. But we have done well in the last two games where we scored five goals.

"It's still early to comment about our game but I think we have put in maximum effort and we should aim to improve on the standards that we have reached so far.

"If we continue playing as a team I don't see ourselves getting into trouble against Highlanders," said Chihoro.

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