HARARE – Dynamos have decided against renewing the contract of coach Tonderai Ndiraya after the Harare giants once again failed to wrestle the Premier Soccer League (PSL) title from serial winners FC Platinum.

Ndiraya leaves the club for the second time in six years after rejoining the Glamour Boys from Ngezi Platinum in 2019.

And now with FC Platinum having sealed their fourth championship on the trot, the country’s most successful team feels Ndiraya has been found wanting in the attempt to end the Zvishavane miners’ dominance.

“Dynamos Football Club  announces that head coach Tonderai Ndiraya’s contract with the club will not be renewed after its expiry on the 31st of December 2022,” Dynamos spokesman Tinashe Farawo said in a statement.

“It is with regret that we have reached this difficult decision but Ndiraya will always be remembered for his contribution to Dynamos both as a player and a coach. However, this development does not dwarf the work Ndiraya has done in the last few years to rebuild Dynamos and position it for long term success. Ndiraya remains a Dynamos son whose loyalty to the club has never been doubted.”

Former club midfielder Ndiraya first left the Dynamos coaching post in 2016 and returned in April 2019 after the record Zimbabwean champions made a dismal start to the season under Lloyd Chigowe.

Ndiraya’s second tenure as head coach of DeMbare was however unsuccessful, just as the first. FC Platinum have this just ended season added a fourth title in succession, two years after a coronavirus-enforced hiatus of Zimbabwean domestic football.

The affable Ndiraya’s return to Dynamos in 2019 came after being fired at the end of 2018 by the hard-to-please Ngezi Platinum, whose list of coach casualties include former Manchester City and Zimbabwe forward Benjani Mwaruwari.

Meanwhile, in sharp contrast, while Ndiraya has suffered misfortune after misfortune over the past six years – his mentor and former boss Callisto Pasuwa’s coaching career continues to soar.

This week, Pasuwa won his fourth straight title with Malawian club Nyasa Big Bullets after posting an unassailable lead with two games to go.

Ndiraya was Pasuwa’s trusted assistant coach back home in Zimbabwe when the Nyasa Big Bullets gaffer guided Harare giants Dynamos to fourth titles on a row between 2011 and 2014.


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