DeMbare coach in ugly Magaya scuffle


Paulo Jorge Silva’s turbulent Dynamos tenure could be coming to an end following his scuffle with Prophetic Healing and Deliverance (PHD) leader Walter Magaya at Hellenics Sports Club yesterday.

The Glamour Boys’ executive had to hold a crucial meeting to discuss the Portuguese coach’s conduct after the latest humiliating incident.

The club hierarchy are now considering relieving him of his duties.

Yesterday’s mayhem at Hellenics was sparked after Silva felt Gunners players were going in hard when tackling Dynamos players during a practice match, the Daily News has learnt.

In a fit of rage, the Portuguese coach stopped the match and made a bee line straight for Magaya, who is the Gunners proprietor.

Not knowing what the DeMbare gaffer might attempt, Magaya’s security personnel stepped in to protect the popular preacher.

There was total chaos as Silva grappled with Magaya’s security and in the end he had to be restrained by members of the Dynamos technical team.

The Portuguese then turned his attention to his goalkeepers’ coach Gift Muzadzi and another nasty exchange followed.

Dynamos president Kenni Mubaiwa confirmed yesterday’s incident and said the club is now getting tired of the Portuguese’s conduct.

“As Dynamos, we are not happy with his (Silva) behaviour. We can’t hire him from Portugal to come and fight people here all the time,” Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.

What we want are results, period. Dynamos is a big team and he cannot keep on like this so maybe we should reconsider his position.

“And especially after losing 0-3 in our opening game we expect him to be addressing mistakes not fighting with people. His behaviour is creating divisions in the team which is not healthy.

“He should know that there is nothing special about him. He is just like any other coach and if he can’t bring us results he deserves the axe. We never hired him for boxing but to coach football.”

This is not the first time Silva, who arrived in the country in January, has been in the media for the wrong reasons.

Only last weekend, Silva had again to be restrained by his assistants after he confronted members of the SuperSport crew covering their match against Chicken Inn at Barbourfields Stadium.

The DeMbare coach was not pleased when referee Thomas Masa waived played on after a penalty appeal by his players.

Silva approached the SuperSport crew on the touchline and demanded an instant replay to view the incident for a second time.

He was turned away by the technicians but in classic Silva style, he did not take it lightly and began scuffling with the SuperSport crew.

In February, Silva disgraced himself when he attacked a female ZBC TV cameraperson who was covering the team’s training session.

Silva drew the wrath of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists and other leading women rights group for his despicable act.

With results also not going his way on the pitch after last weekend’s embarrassing defeat to the Gamecocks, the DeMbare gaffer will be even under more pressure during this weekend’s home match against Triangle


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  • JFS

    fire the bustered, dont even know why local team still think these guys can be successful in African Football