Pasuwa faces axe

HARARE - Dynamos chairperson Kenny Mubaiwa has given his strongest hint yet that coach Calisto Pasuwa might be fired following the club’s stuttering start to their Castle Premiership defence.

The Harare giants have picked just four points from their opening four games after drawing all ties.

Mubaiwa yesterday revealed that the club’s bosses Pasuwa and his technical bench should be held responsible for the team’s poor showing.

Pasuwa is now under increased pressure from a section of supporters and some members of the club’s executive who are now baying for his blood.

The Glamour Boys failed to garner maximum points in their opening four games after being restricted to one-all draws by Black Mambas, Chicken Inn and Shabanie Mine.

The defending champions continued their poor start after they were held to a disappointing goalless draw by newly-promoted Triangle at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.  

Pasuwa’s sympathisers have refused to blame the two-time championship winning coach for the bad spell, arguing that the club lost a lot of influencial players  last year, while the club’s leadership feels the coach  flopped on the transfer market after being given an opportunity to reinforce the squad.   

“This is a sensitive issue and we have called for an urgent meeting with the executive and full technical team tomorrow (today),” Mubaiwa told Daily News yesterday.

“We want the technical team to give us a comprehensive report on the team’s poor results. We want to look at the real cause of the problem. We are a professional club and we need to handle the issue in a professional manner.

“What we need is a lasting solution and it very important that the technical team be given a chance to explain why results are not coming.”

Mubaiwa, who last year stood by Pasuwa when he faced the same predicament, said today’s meeting is going to be crucial in determining the coaches’ future.

“It is visible that things are not okay and we can’t let things go this way. We will have to weigh the technical team’s report and it’s going to be very crucial.

“We felt Pasuwa has failed so far because when you are expecting results and they don’t come then it means you are a failure. So far Pasuwa has failed because results are not coming except the draws.

“As the chairman of the club, I am not happy with what is currently going on. And many people are asking a lot of questions, so if I left things as they are then I am a weak leader.

“We have been knocked out of Champions League, the team is not playing well and the draws are just too much for a team like Dynamos. The coaches recommended players they wanted and what is left is for them to deliver.  

“So we are saying Pasuwa should explain the situation then we will give our decision afterwards. Everything will depend on their report and maybe they could get a three-match ultimatum.”

Since losing midfield ace Denver Mukamba, who joined South Africa’s Bidvest Wits, and chief strikers Rodreck Mutuma and Simba Sithole, who moved to Bloemfontein Celtic and SuperSport United respectively, Dynamos has never been the same.

In the mid-season Dynamos also lost prolific striker Takesure Chinyama to South African champions Orlando Pirates and goalkeeper Washington Arubi, who was snapped up by Pretoria University.  

DeMbare have struggled in the final third, where no one has stepped up to take responsibility, while the absence of a proven playmaker like Mukamba is also clearly visible.

Speculation is also rife that a faction of the Dynamos executive is sabotaging Pasuwa in a bid to ouster him in favour of a named former coach.

Sources within the club say the executive had been mooting plans to fire Pasuwa or hire a technical director.

Another section of Dynamos fans has also been up in arms against long-serving club administrator Simon Sachiti, accusing the committee member of casting a curse on the team. - Godknows Matarutse

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