Dutch coach Elroy Akbay has urged his new pay masters Ngezi Platinum to try talk to senior players from leaving the Mhondoro based side if they want him to contend for the championship title this coming season.
The side which ended last season behind champions FC Platinum has been hit hard by an exodus, with some of the senior players already left the Turf side whilst others have not shown interest in renewing their contracts and have eyed places at other clubs, denting the club’s chances of fighting for the title.
The latest to leave Ngezi is Godknows Murwira who joined the champions in Zvishavane on a one year contract that will see him play in the Total CAF champions’ league group stages that commence next week.
Bernard Donavan and Clive Augosto have left the miners for Chicken Inn, whilst Harare City also have confirmed the arrival of Walter Mukanga from the miners who is set replace Tendai Samanja who is now with Chicken Inn.
A source privy to the developments at the Turf mine based club revealed to Mail and Telegraph that the problems that have hit Ngezi emanated from the moment the club executive fired Tonderayi Ndiraya last year.
“All hell broke loose when they (executive) fired Ndiraya. The players had a cordial relationship with Ndiraya and they are not for the idea of Akbay taking over the reins. I foresee more disaster befalling the team,” he said.
Akbay formerly with Bosso joined the club after Tonderayi Ndiraya was axed for poor results, the Dutch gaffer who is still in his home country Netherlands urged the club executive to hold on to senior players if they expect him to contend for top honours.
“Of course it is not good for the team to lose good and senior players like we are doing. I say to the team executive hold on to all the best players that intend on leaving. If the best players leave it won’t be fair to ask me to win the championship in such an environment.
We have to look for best replacements, collectively as a club. I have been out of Zimbabwe for a year and I have no idea which players are good at the moment. I hope to give the team what they want but in football it’s not only about the coach but we have to work as a team,” said Akbay.
Akbay is expected to jet in next week to start pre-season preparations with the Platinum miners.