Devon Chafa
Devon Chafa playing for Dynamos
Personal information
Full nameDevon Chafa
Date of birth (1990-12-25) 25 December 1990 (age 30)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current team
How Mine

Devon Chafa is a Zimbabwean footballer who plies his trade with How Mine Football Club. The player has also represented the country on three occasions. Chafa's contract with Dembare was not renewed when new coach David Mandigora arrived which saw Chafa being signed by How Mine Football Club in early 2015[1]


Chafa was born on December 25, 1990.[2]

Football career

Chafa has been with Dembare for most of his professional career and has been a regular occupying the defensive midfield role. Unlike most defensive midfielders, Chafa does not play the conventional role of staying behind complementing the back four, he also makes regular attacks whenever Dembare has possession. He is also a dead ball specialist popular for taking penalties and free kicks. Chafa was also part of the history making Dembare club that won four league titles on the trot in which he also played a very influential role in the Dembare midfield.[3] After serving a six month suspension due to a doping offence, Chafa came back from the suspension and helped Dembare to their fourth consecutive league title. After Mandigora had declared that he had no plans for the likes of Chafa, the midfielder made a move to fellow premiership side Hown Mine.

Transfer Rumours

During his career at Dembare, Chafa has been the centre of transfer rumours. At one point it was reported that the midfielder was set to leave Dynamos through a move to South African outfit Maritzburg United.[4] The Dembare midfielder was also said to have been on the wanted player's list of FC Platinum after DC Academy which owns the player had expressed interest in having their player to sign for the Zvishavane based FC Platinum who are known for their deep pockets. The Zvishavane based outfit pegged their signing fee at US$20 000. Both moves however failed to materialise which saw Chafa continue with his stint at the glamour boys.[5] Chafa's stated that he snubbed to join FC Platinum because he felt obliged to remain with Dynamos after the club announced that it would stand by him when he was found guilty of taking a prohibited substance.

On 15 January 2015, it was reported that Chafa had clinched a deal with the Bulawayo based outfit, How Mine Football Club in search of greener pasture.[6] The president of Dynamos, Kenny Mubaiwa confirmed Chafa's transfer from the Glamour Boys to How Mine. He stated that

Chafa together with Simba Sithole and Tafadzwa Rusike want one year contracts and we have said no to any one year deal and in any case they are expensive. What do you achieve by negotiating with a player at the end of each season[6]

It seemed that Chafa knew about his former club's (Dynamos) policy but he was just being adamant.Those negotiating on behalf of Chafa were said to be demanding more than US$31 000 of which US$21 000 was supposed to be shared between Chafa's manager, Gibson Mahachi and his parent club, Aces Youth Academy.[6] Chafa was also demanding to be paid more than US$1 500 as his monthly salary, an amount which his former club was not willing to dish out.[6]


Notwithstanding Chafa's brilliance on the field of play, his integrity was left in shambles after he tested positive for a prohibited substance thereby contravening article 63 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code.[7] The player was suspended by FIFA for thirty days pending further investigations. In his defence, Chafa insisted that he had not taken any banned substances, instead, he argued that the substance may have taken through the medication he was taking for the injury he had sustained. Team Chairman Kenny Mubaiwa also threw his weight behind Chafa pointing out that they were going to stand with Chafa throughout the investigation process as he was a young man who could be trusted.[5] After having being initially suspended for a month pending investigations, Chafa was eventually given a six month ban which ultimately ruled him out of action for the glamour boys.[8] Although the player and some of the Dembare club officials were adamant that Chafa had not cheated, it was nonetheless reported that Chafa's unwillingness to contest the decision to ban him for six months was an admission of guilt. Team doctor for the national team Nicholas Munyonga said that when they informed Chafa that a banned substance had been found in his body, he openly admitted thereby making it unnecessary to submit a B sample to FIFA for another test.[9] Commenting on his return after having served his sentence, Chafa said

It was a tough time for me because I missed winning the league title with my team last season and most of all playing in the Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals with the Warriors in South Africa. I know I have missed a lot of chances because my manager was arranging some trials for me, but I can still do something. Friday February 28 is my last day and I can't wait to get back to playing. I am registered for the Champions League and I hope I will be able to play against AS Vita if the coach is happy with my fitness levels. I have been training on my own, but it's different from training with the rest of the team and playing some matches. All I can say is that I am happy to be back and at least the ban was six months and not two years [10]


Chafa has four consecutive winners medals for the top flight league from 2011 to 2014. Besides the league titles he managed to get with Dembare, the midfielder has also won several other trophies like the Bob 89 and Bob 90 Cup, Mbada diamonds Cup, TM Pick n Pay Challenge Cup among other accolades.


Following his suspension after having failed a doping test became the first local player to be suspended by world governing body.


  1. Devon Chafa joins How Mine, Soccer24, Published: January 15, 2015, Retrieved: January 19, 2015
  2. Devon Chafa, Transfer Market, Retrieved: December 29, 2014
  3. Langton Nyakwenda Dembare host Triangle, The Sunday Mail, Published: June 8, 2014, Retrieved: December 29, 2014
  4. Maritzburg United chase Dynamos’ Chafa, The Zimbabwe Mail, Published: June 26, 2014, Retrieved: December 29, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mukudzei Chingwere Chafa quits Dynamos, NewsDay, Published: December 30, 2013, Retrieved: December 29, 2014 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "e" defined multiple times with different content
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Wellington Toni and Henry Mhara, Chafa quits DeMbare, Amini turns Blue, NewsDay, published:16 Jan 2015,retrieved:16 January 2015"
  7. Fifa suspends Devon Chafa, The Chronicle, Published: September 13, 2014, Retrieved: December 29, 2014
  8. Zimbabwe: Chafa Returns From Fifa Ban, Published: February 28, 2014, Retrieved: December 29, 2014
  9. Zifa admit Chafa cheated, The Zimbabwean, Published: August 29, 2013, Retrieved: December 30, 2014
  10. Zimbabwe: Chafa Returns From Fifa Ban,, February 28, 2014, Retrieved: December 30, 2014