Sakunda Holdings, Dynamos and Highlanders’ principal sponsors, are reported to be unhappy with the decisions made by the clubs regarding their coaches.
Last week, Highlanders fired coach Mandla Mpofu citing poor results and a few days later, Dynamos suspended coach Tonderai Ndiraya for alleged insubordination and arrogance.
Dynamos, however, did not explain why they suspended Ndiraya but the move angered the club’s fans.
NewsDay Sport reported a Sakunda Holdings source as saying the company is worried about the axing of the coaches. Said the source:
As sponsors, we are obviously worried when such things happen because it tends to destabilise things at the club, and our brand will naturally be dragged into the mess.
Obviously, there is nothing much we can do as sponsors, but we feel that whatever is happening (at Dynamos) could have been handled better.
Speaking at a kit unveiling ceremony for the two clubs in Harare early this year, Sakunda Holdings chief executive Kudakwashe Tagwirei, urged Dynamos and Highlanders to be patient with the coaches. Tagwirei said:
Being successful is always a journey. It is not something that starts today and tomorrow you become successful.
It (success) takes some time and a lot of work. When we were looking at the results at the beginning of the year, we were all worried that things were not going to be as good as they should be.
For me, I was not so much worried about the results as most people were. I was worried about consistency in whatever we do.
I want to encourage all of us to be patient with the coaches, and with the players. Allow them to acclimatise to their newness.
It will take time, and when they get into that place, they are going to succeed. As Sakunda, we are not associated with failure, and you are going to see that.