Former Dynamos defender Lincoln Zvasiya has cleared the air following his fall out with coach Lloyd Mutasa towards the end of the season.
Zvasiya made headlines for bad reasons when he was expelled by the club for indiscipline. He was accused for influencing midfielder Denver Mukamba to engage in dangerous drugs.
In an interview with The Herald, the former Kaizer Chiefs player said he was misunderstood and is paying a huge price for his past sins.
“The issue started after the Shabanie Mine match at Maglas where we conceded a late equaliser because of a defensive mix-up. The coach charged at me after the game, clearly unhappy, shouting ‘you have started, you have started!,” said the defender.
“And as a human being I reacted angrily. I was also disappointed by the result since I wanted to win the game just like everybody else. I couldn’t understand what he meant by that. I thought it implied that I had gone back to using drugs of which that was not true.”
Zvasiya who also played for FC Platinum said he has been sober for over a year and the reason why he missed training was based on domestic issues.
“I have been clean this year and have been working very hard on my game. I erred, yes but that was the first time this season to miss training at the club. Unfortunately, I think the coach had already concluded that I was back to doing drugs and I couldn’t get the opportunity to explain to him my side of the story.
“I am not blaming the coach, but I just think my coach couldn’t trust me anymore after that Maglas incident. I played a few more games after that Shabanie match, but trust had broken down. Then I missed training for the Ngezi Platinum game as I had domestic issues to deal with concerning child maintenance.
“I went to the coach’s house to explain my situation, but I think he had already judged me on my past deeds. The executive called me for a hearing, but I was never given a chance to explain my side of the story, only to learn from the newspapers that I had been fired from the club,” said Zvasiya.
He also spoke about his relationship with Mukamba which is largely deemed as toxic.
“We grew up together playing in the Under-17 teams. He is my teammate and friend, but that doesn’t mean I influence him. What is interesting is last year, players like Roderick Mutuma were fired for being a bad influence to other players especially Denver and now this year I have also been fired.
“Maybe, it was because I am close to him. But every person is his own man. Denver missed training many times, but I only missed once and got fired,” he said.