Some 30 minutes into the match tale tell signs of another Dynamos loss were as clear as coach Lloyd Chigowe’s gaping teeth.
By MatchDay Reporter
Dynamos were failing to string three passes even in their own half, unmarked against a lowly Herentals side already a man down since 47-year-old Innocent Benza rarely adds any value anyway.
MaBlanyo’s high balls seemed out of place at Rufaro stadium were the Desmond Maringwa’s would always emphasise on total football.
And to imagine that MaBlanyo had promised that his side will come back better after being beaten by perennial rivals Highlanders in an Independence Cup final on Wednesday.
“This one is a wake-up call, we will pull ourselves together.
“What is important is to pick ourselves up and prepare for our match on Monday against Herentals, we must win Mondays game,” said the lanky former developmental coach.
Dynamos did not pick themselves up, in fact they were at their worst, disoriented, uninspiring and will probably go down in history as the worst DeMbare technical team ever (even after saving the side from relegation last season).
On 65 minutes Lloyd ‘MaBlanyo’ Chigowe substituted Ngandu Mangala who looked like scoring each time Dynamos attacked Herentals’ goal and Vietnam Stand would have none of it.
Within a minute they broke into ‘MaBlanyo paumire pakaoma’ and the coach who has gained fame for his quotable quotes did the unthinkable.
He stood up and urged the Dynamos’ faithfuls on, an unprecedented action by any coach in the local premiership.
It was apparent this was his last match especially as team principal sponsors Rudland and George officials and the Dynamos executive watched the whole drama from the VVIP section.
When he stood up to give instructions Vietnam told him to sit down, “Hapana zvaanoziva uyo, ahasi webhora,” said popular team fan Aluvha (Alvin Zhakata) who led a mob of loyalists who camped at the stadium exit singing ‘MaBlanyo usaite funny funny nevanhu!’ waiting patiently for him to leave the stadium.
The final whistle did not only end the match but the gangling gaffer’s short stint at the helm of Zimbabwe’s most followed side, the end of an era the faithful seven million would be too happy to forget.
He could not bring himself to attend the post match interview, choosing to send assistant Murape Murape who like him eventually sat out the remainder of the match after the Mangala substitution.
“Ukawana basa chasara kudzingwa,” he said.
By prime-time the Dynamos executive had sat and reportedly fired Chigowe, a crisis decision to save the million-dollar sponsored side.
Monday morning another meeting whose results are yet to be known was underway at the giant national sports stadium as the team reportedly sought a quick win solution to please the disgruntled seven million souls.
Dynamos have one win in four Castle Lager premiership matches going into match day five against new boys TelOne in Gweru.
They beat recently promoted Mushowani Stars 2-0; were beaten 2-1 from behind by another new entrant Hwange at home before a loss against Chicken Inn in Bulawayo.
Wednesday’s fourth loss in a competitive match to a win-less Madinda Ndlovu did not help his matters.
Now names like Tonderayi Ndiraya, former coach Lloyd Mutasa and an unknown Dutchman Pieter De Jongh have been thrown around to succeed him.