Pasuwa defies odds

HARARE - He might have presided helplessly over the biggest continental defeat in the history of the club, but Calisto Pasuwa has sealed his place in the hearts of Dynamos fans by guiding the Glamour Boys to a consecutive Castle Premiership title.

That 6-0 annihilation away to Tunisian giants Esperance back in June —coupled with the subsequent elimination from the second-tier Confederation Cup at the hands of Angolan outfit Interclube — almost cost Pasuwa his job, only for executive committee chairperson Kenny Mubaiwa to come to his rescue at a volatile time when figuratively axes were being sharpened by influential forces in the club who never believed in the coach.  

That is why a record 19th title should feel every bit as satisfying as the first of his four championships he won with Dynamos as a player.

How else can you describe a man who for two successive years made champions out of a group that, in all honesty, cannot compare with the great Dynamos sides of the past?

It’s hard to question a team that has won the championship for the second year in a row, but by their own admission, Dynamos, excluding the wizardry of the dazzling Denver Mukamba, lack the individual brilliance and sheer romance of some of their rivals in the PSL.  

Quite a bit of their overall success is in part due to the coach’s tactical acumen in the tense title race with rivals Highlanders.

Not only that, but he has also taken them to the brink of a second straight Mbada Diamonds Cup final victory — where Monomotapa stands in the way of a team on a mission.

Throw in the fine run in the second half of the season, in which Dynamos were severely handicapped by the departure of talismanic forward Takesure Chinyama.

The handling of Chinyama’s departure, the ushering in of impressive rookie Farai Mupasiri, the acquisition of Simba Sithole during the mid-season transfer window, the clever usage of Rodreck Mutuma as an  impact player in the later stages of the season, the persistence with the ageing but effective Murape Murape, all add up to provide the clearest measure of Pasuwa’s brilliance.

Monomotapa, Dynamos’ Mbada Cup final opponents, are blessed enough to have a team of quality individuals with the skill and technique which often mesmerised most of their opponents in the just-ended season.

Pasuwa, in comparison, has had to use old-fashioned tactical nous to win games and scrape through to the league title and Mbada Cup final.

Modest and unassuming, but one could hardly blame Pasuwa — after defying harsh critics — to beat his own drum a bit.

“I want to dedicate this title to the chairperson Kenny Mubaiwa for seeing the logic of keeping me when some people doubted my credentials,” Pasuwa told reporters after the 1-1 draw with Hardbody on Sunday which sealed the title.

“I won the league title and Mbada Diamonds Cup last year and some people thought it was a fluke. This year I have won the title and I’m in the running for the Mbada Diamonds Cup again. There are some people who thought they would find another coach from the moon."

“Look at what I have achieved in two years. Had it not been for him (Mubaiwa) there might not have been stability and continuity at the club after what happened early this year, but credit should go to him and also not forgetting the players, supporters and the executive.”

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