Dynamos F.C.

Zimbabwe Football Association CAF Champions League Midfielder

Dynamos Harare
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Full nameDynamos Football Club
Nickname(s)DeMbare, The Glamour Boys, 7 million
Founded1963; 57 years ago (1963)[1][2]
GroundRufaro Stadium
Harare, Zimbabwe
ChairmanIsaiah Mupfurutsa
CoachTonderai Ndiraya
LeagueZimbabwe Premier Soccer League

Dynamos Football Club (also referred to simply as Dynamos or, more affectionately by its multitude of fans as De-Mbare, or, outside Zimbabwe, as Dynamos Harare or Zimbabwe Dynamos)[4] is a Zimbabwean professional football club based since 1963 at Rufaro Stadium, Mbare, Harare. The team currently participates in Zimbabwe's top-tier, the Premier Soccer League. Founded in 1963 after a merger between two lesser teams in Mbare, Harare Township, Rhodesia, the side quickly became one of the strongest in the Rhodesian league, and by the recognition of the country's independence as Zimbabwe in 1980 had become the country's most successful team, having won six national titles. Dynamos have won a record 22 league titles and 16 cup titles.


Dynamos Football Club was founded in 1963.[1] The team's founder, Sam Dauya, was inspired to form a club for local black players in Salisbury (now Harare) by the establishment of an exclusively white club the previous year and the recent disbanding of two local black teams, Salisbury City and Salisbury United.[2][5] To this end, Dauya prepared an emblem and wrote a club constitution.[2] Former City and United players were then organised by Dauya into Dynamos, a combined team that, during its first year in existence, won the national championship ahead of white-dominated Salisbury Callies.[1] Dynamos became the first black team to consistently challenge the predominantly white Rhodesia National Football League, winning successive championships in 1965 and 1966.[1] A key player of the original Dynamos team was Patrick Dzvene, who became the first black Rhodesian to play outside his homeland in 1964 when he joined Zambian club Ndola United.[6] Known as "Amato the Devil" or the "midfield magician",[6] he was subsequently targeted by two English clubs, Arsenal and Aston Villa; however, Ndola refused to sell him.[5]

The original first team poses with the Austin Cup in 1963

Dynamos acquired their nickname, the Glamour Boys, through their early style of playing: Dynamos played "carpet soccer" – football based around passes along the ground – and based their game around "entertainment and winning, attacking football".[5] The club won three more domestic titles before the replacement of the Rhodesia National Football League with the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League in 1980, and, during that year, became the first champions of Zimbabwe. Because of the recognition of Zimbabwe's independence following the end of Rhodesia (latterly Zimbabwe Rhodesia), Zimbabwean clubs were, from 1981, allowed to contest continental competitions for the first time. As Zimbabwean champions, the side therefore entered the African Cup of Champions Clubs for the first time in 1981. Dynamos won their first match in the Cup of Champions Clubs 5–0, and, as of 2010, have never lost a first-round match in continental competition. The team reached the quarter-finals during their first season in the tournament, an achievement that was matched twice more during the 1980s – in 1984 and 1987. Meanwhile, the team dominated the Zimbabwean league, winning six out of the first seven editions of the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League, including the first four. Dynamos also clinched the Cup of Zimbabwe in 1985, 1986 and 1989 as well as the 1983 Zimbabwean Independence Trophy.

The team claimed four more Zimbabwean titles during the 1990s, as well as a further Cup of Zimbabwe and three more Independence Trophies. Following the 1997 league win – the club's 17th overall – Dynamos embarked on a run in the 1998 CAF Champions League that was ended only in the final by a 4–2 aggregate defeat by ASEC Mimosas, champions of the Côte d'Ivoire. After a barren start to the 2000s during which the side did not win a single title or Cup of Zimbabwe, Dynamos won their sixth Double in 2007, and, as a result of winning the Zimbabwean title, qualified once more for the Champions League. Despite defeating ASEC earlier in the tournament, Dynamos were overcome by Coton Sport of Cameroon in the semi-finals.


Dynamos are known primarily by their nicknames: DeMbare, Chazunguza, 7 million or the Glamour Boys. DeMbare refers to the club's location and origins. Some sources have linked this to Charles Mabika while the Glamour Boys label has its roots in the elaborate and entertaining "carpet soccer" style of play exhibited by the team during its early years.[5]

The club's colours are blue and white.[3]


Dynamos FC have no Stadium of their own. The club relies on rented City Harare Council stadiums.

Honours and achievements

Correct as of 18 July 2016.[1][5]

Domestic honours

Pre-independence (pre-1980)

Honour Title Year(s)
Rhodesia National Football League Champions 6 1963, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1976, 1978
Cup of Rhodesia Winners 1 1976

Post-independence (post-1980)

Honour Titles Year(s)
Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League Champions 16 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Runners-up 8 1987, 1988, 1996, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015
Cup of Zimbabwe / Mbada Diamonds Cup Winners 7 1985, 1988, 1989, 1996, 2007, 2011, 2012
Zimbabwean Independence Trophy Winners 8 1983, 1990, 1995, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2013, 2017
Zimbabwean Charity Shield Winners 1 2002

Performance in continental competitions

1981 – Quarter-final
1982 – Second round
1983 – Second round
1984 – Quarter-final
1986 – Second round
1987 – Quarter-final
1990 – Second round
1995 – Quarter-final
1996 – Second round
1998 – Runner-up
1999 – Group stage
2008 – Semi-finalist
2010 – Group stage
2011 – First round
2012 – Second round
2013 – First round
2014 – First round
2004 – Round of 32
2012 – Play-off round
1989 – First round
1991 – Quarter-final
1997 – Second round

Continental record

Rhodesian clubs were barred from African continental competitions as the Rhodesia Football Association was not a member of the CAF. The newly renamed Zimbabwe Football Association was admitted to the CAF following Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, allowing its member clubs to enter continental competitions starting from the 1981 season.

Following Zimbabwe's independence, Dynamos began to compete in the African Cup of Champions Clubs in 1981 as Zimbabwean champions. Dynamos reached the quarter-finals at the first attempt. This was matched in 1984 and 1987, then topped in 1998; Dynamos reached the final before losing 4–2 on aggregate to Ivorian champions ASEC Mimosas. Dynamos reached the CAF Champions League semi-finals in 2008, but despite defeating ASEC earlier in the tournament, were overcome by Coton Sport of Cameroon.

Continental football started for Dynamos in the 1981 African Cup of Champions Clubs where they reached the quarter-final stage. They beat Linare and Shooting Stars before being eliminated by JE Tizi-Ouzou. Dynamos did not participate in the 2015 CAF Champions League due to a lack of sponsorship.[7]


Dynamos FC have long been accused of benefiting from biased officiating as most Referees in the local league are from the majority Shona tribe which also makes the bulk of the team's followers. Their biggest rivals Highlanders FC have constantly complained about tribalism in the administration and officiating of local games.


Results list Dynamos' goal tally first.
Season Competition Round Club First match Second match Aggregate
1981 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Lesotho Linare 5–0 1–1 6–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Nigeria Shooting Stars 2–1 3–0 5–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
QF Algeria JE Tizi-Ouzou 0–3 2–2 2–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
1982 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Botswana Botswana Defence Force XI 2–2 2–1 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Zaire Saint-Éloi Lupopo 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
1983 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Kenya AFC Leopards 5–1 0–3 5–4 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Egypt Al Ahly 1–4 1–2 2–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
1984 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Madagascar HTMF Mahajanga 3–0 2–0[n 1] 5–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Uganda Kampala City Council 0–0 2–1 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
QF Algeria JE Tizi-Ouzou 2–0 0–2 2–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1986 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Tanzania Maji Maji 5–1 2–0[n 2] 7–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Egypt Zamalek 1–2 0–2 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1987 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Eswatini Mbabane Highlanders 6–1 2–1 8–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Zaire Lupopo 3–1 1–1 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
QF Cameroon Canon Yaoundé 1–2 1–1 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1989 African Cup Winners' Cup R1 Madagascar BFV 1–1 0–1 1–2 Symbol delete vote.svg
1990 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Angola Petro Atlético 1–1 1–1 1–1 (5–4 p) Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Sudan Al-Hilal 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
1991 African Cup Winners' Cup R1 Mozambique Maxaquene 5–1 2–0 7–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Republic of the Congo Diables Noirs 2–0 1–1 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
QF Nigeria BCC Lions 1–1 0–3 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1995 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Sudan Al-Hilal 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Algeria Chaouia 1–1 3–2 4–3 Symbol keep vote.svg
QF Uganda Express 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
1996 African Cup of Champions Clubs R1 Kenya Gor Mahia 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Nigeria Shooting Stars 1–5 3–1 4–6 Symbol delete vote.svg
1997 African Cup Winners' Cup PR Tanzania Sigara 0–1 3–0 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
R1 Malawi Bata Bullets 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 South Africa Jomo Cosmos 2–1 0–2 2–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
1998 CAF Champions League R1 Malawi Telecom Wanderers 2–1 2–1 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo 1–1 1–0 2–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
GS, GA Nigeria Eagle Cement 3–0 1–0 N/A
GS, GA Ghana Accra Hearts of Oak 1–1 0–1 N/A
GS, GA Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 1–0 0–1 N/A
F Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 0–0 2–4 2–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
1999 CAF Champions League R1 Lesotho Lesotho Defence Force 3–0 1–0 4–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Burundi Vital'O 2–0 1–0 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
GS, GB Réunion Saint-Louisienne 0–1 7–2 N/A
GS, GB Tunisia Espérance 0–2 0–1 N/A
GS, GB Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 0–2 2–1 N/A
2004 CAF Confederation Cup PR Mauritius Savanne 0–0 3–0 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
R32 Ghana King Faisal Babes 0–1 0–4 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2008 CAF Champions League PR Eswatini Royal Leopards 1–0 2–0 3–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
R1 Mozambique Costa do Sol 3–0 1–2 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
GS, GA Ivory Coast ASEC Mimosas 2–1 2–1 N/A
GS, GA Egypt Zamalek 0–1 1–0 N/A
GS, GA Egypt Al Ahly 1–2 0–1 N/A
SF Cameroon Coton Sport 0–1 0–4 0–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2010 CAF Champions League R1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Saint-Éloi Lupopo 1–0 1–0 2–0 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Botswana Gaborone United 4–1 0–1 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
GS, GA Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe 0–2 1–2 N/A
GS, GA Tunisia Espérance 0–1 0–1 N/A
GS, GA Algeria ES Sétif 1–0 0–3 N/A
2011 CAF Champions League R1 Algeria MC Alger 4–1 0–3 4–4 (a) Symbol delete vote.svg
2012 CAF Champions League R1 Mozambique Liga Muçulmana 2–2 1–0 3–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
R2 Tunisia Espérance 0–6 1–1 1–7 Symbol delete vote.svg
2012 CAF Confederation Cup PO Angola Interclube 0–0 0–1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
2013 CAF Champions League PR Lesotho Lesotho Correctional Services 3–0 0–1 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
R1 Tunisia Bizertin 0–3 1–0 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014 CAF Champions League PR Botswana Mochudi Centre Chiefs 3–0 0–1 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
R1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Vita Club 0–0 0–1 0–1 Symbol delete vote.svg
  1. ^ HTMF Mahajanga withdrew after the first leg, Dynamos were awarded a 2–0 win.[8]
  2. ^ Maji Maji withdrew after the first leg, Dynamos were awarded a 2–0 win.[9]


First-team squad

As of 05 June 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Zimbabwe ZIM Munyaradzi Diya
GK Zimbabwe ZIM Stephen Chimusoro
GK Zimbabwe ZIM Simba Chinani
DF Zimbabwe ZIM Godfrey Mukambi
DF Zimbabwe ZIM Jimmy Tigere
26 DF Zimbabwe ZIM Mathias Chodeva
DF Zimbabwe ZIM Tawanda West Chisi
DF Zimbabwe ZIM Juniour Selemani
DF Zimbabwe ZIM Ali Joseph Maliselo
DF Zimbabwe ZIM Emmanuel Jalai
DF Zimbabwe ZIM Munyaradzi Chipo
DF Zimbabwe ZIM Munyaradzi Mawadza
DF Zimbabwe ZIM Tinotenda Muringai
DF Zimbabwe ZIM Philip Kaseke
MF Zimbabwe ZIM Try Andre Moffat
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Zimbabwe ZIM Kudzanai Dhemere
MF Zimbabwe ZIM Edgar Mhungu
MF Ghana GHA Robert Sackey
MF Zimbabwe ZIM Panashe Siziba
MF Zimbabwe ZIM Walter Sande
MF Zimbabwe ZIM Jerome Nyateme
MF Zimbabwe ZIM Simba Mupawonde
MF Cameroon CMR Vincent Mbega Herve
MF Zimbabwe ZIM Edward Sadomba
MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Ngandu Mangala
FW Zimbabwe ZIM Nigel Katawa
FW Zimbabwe ZIM Tinashe Simbo
FW Ivory Coast CIV Noel Ajon
FW Zimbabwe ZIM Tawanda Macheke

Backroom staff

As of 18 July 2016.[10]



Managerial history

Dates[11] Name Notes
Zimbabwe Moses "Bambo"/"Razor Man" Chunga
Zimbabwe Peter Fanuel
Zimbabwe Luke Masomere
1984–?? Zimbabwe Sunday "Mhofu" Chidzambwa
2001 Netherlands Clemens Westerhof
2003, 2005–2008 Zimbabwe Malcom Fourie
2006–2008 Zimbabwe David Mandigora
2008–2010 Zimbabwe Elvis "Chuchu" Chiweshe
2010–2011 Zimbabwe Lloyd Mutasa
2011–2014 Zimbabwe Callisto Pasuwa
2015 Zimbabwe David "Yogi" Mandigora
2015–2016 Portugal Paulo Jorge Silva
2016–present Zimbabwe Lloyd Mutasa

External links


  1. ^ a b c d e "Zimbabwe (and Rhodesia) Champions". Rec.Sports.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Chingoma, Grace (14 May 2008). "Zimbabwe: Dynamos Founding Father Dauya Dies". The Herald. Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Ltd. Retrieved 23 May 2008.
  3. ^ a b "Rufaro Stadium". Dynamos F.C. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  4. ^ Doyle, Paul (26 September 2008). "Zimbabwe's Dynamos could be football's biggest winners this season". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d e "History of Dynamos F.C." Dynamos F.C. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Dynamos founder Patrick Dzveve dies in Harare". Zim Diaspora. 28 January 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Dynamos pulls out of 2015 Champions League". SuperSport. 2 December 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  8. ^ "African Club Competitions 1984". RSSSF. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  9. ^ "African Club Competitions 1986". RSSSF. 18 July 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Squad – Dynamos FC". Dynamo FC. Archived from the original on 26 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  11. ^ Barnes et al. (2001), pp. 54–57.