Mubaiwa speaks on Pasuwa's fate

HARARE - Calisto Pasuwa is under a cloud and on the brink of being sacked as Dynamos coach following the club’s fourth early exit from the African Champions League in as many years.

Dynamos’ 1-0 defeat to AS Vita in Kinshasa on Sunday to bow out of the Champions League marked the third time the Zimbabwean champions have failed to progress to the mini-league phase of the competition under Pasuwa’s stewardship.

Despite guiding Dynamos to three consecutive domestic titles in those years, the club’s perpetual failure in Africa suggests the coach might have reached his limit, chairman Kenny Mubaiwa told the Daily News yesterday.

Mubaiwa, still smarting from his thumping defeat at the hands of CAPS United boss Twine Phiri in the race for the PSL chairmanship on Sunday, has however not taken a firm position on Pasuwa’s future. 

“Right now, I can’t say anything. He is our coach. The executive will meet with him (Pasuwa) this week to give us the report on the team’s loss,” Mubaiwa said yesterday.

“The truth of the matter is that we are not happy with the team’s exit from the Champions League. We have wanted to have gone far in this tournament this year.

“I think as the executive we have done our part in buying the best possible players. In my own view I believe we have bought the best players in years. We have quality players.

“And this year we had a very chance of going forward. The teams we played against this year are just average, so we want the coach to explain his position.

“If you look at it, this is the fourth time that we have knocked out at the same stage and I don’t think we are improving as a club. As things stand something is wrong and coach should make us understand.”

Pasuwa joined DeMbare in 2011 following the sacking of his long-time right-hand man Lloyd Mutasa and went on to win three straight league titles and two Mbada Diamonds Cups. 

Meanwhile, rumours of a plot to oust Pasuwa have been rife in the Dynamos camp.

Two named board members are said to be at the foremost of the crusade.

It is said the group had long wanted to use Pasuwa's poor Champions League record as an excuse to fire him. But the plan is said to have been frustrated last year by Pasuwa's ability to retain the league title for a third consecutive season.

Influential board member Bernard Marriott is believed to be the only one still fighting in Pasuwa’s corner.

Former coach David Mandigora, who is now part of the club’s executive, has been mentioned as possible replacement for Pasuwa.

Comments (10)

If you decide to relieve him his duties then give him another role within the club, he has contributed a lot to our local successes.

Manhanka - 11 March 2014

Yes you might blame Pasuwa as a coach, but more blame should go the financiers. They failed to give the team a moral booster on time hence the sit-in which was not necessary. PASUWA TO STAY.

madziwo - 11 March 2014

why we blame Pasuwa is that as a coach he should not work without a good assistant because as a coach you have limits which needs some one to take over . for the game against As Vita at the National stadium. sekete does not play on the middle of the park he play on the wings and that were he produce the wanted results but you put him on the middle . for Muparati he is good at the middle of the park not wings you put him. when you rectify the issue in the second half Sekete was showing his brilliance and you substituted him. For dynamos to progress you need and qualified assistant who can read the game. if go thru the league last year Bosso had an assistant who can not read the game well look what was done to bosso by Harare city and motor action. let Pasuwa swallow the pill and hire a good coach as assistant then we can start to win the games.sorry to you MR Pasuwa if I offended you but I am trying to assist you so that you can have good of your self and the nation at large

mukanya - 11 March 2014

he has played his part and its worth giving others a chance remember this isi social so no one should be rigid

gift - 11 March 2014

the executive should just resign for failure to pay the players hence the strike that happened a few days before the match. Keni Mubaiwa and company resign or be fired. Pasuwa did his best under difficult circumstances.

fatso - 11 March 2014

The Executive should not sacrifice Pasuwa because they are also to blame.How can he win with hungry players.Yes he has his own shortcomings but it is unfair to fire him at this moment.Instead they should invest in him by sending him for refresher courses in England or other reputable countries. Yes David Mandigora is a better coach but I am afraid he has been out of the game for a long time.

Bra 4 - 11 March 2014

PLEASE THE DYNAMOS BOSSES SHOULD NOT HURRY TO FIRE THE COACH.A LOT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO DYNAMOS FAILURE TO GO THROUGH THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM.THE IMPORTANT THING IS THEY ARE WINNING THE LEAGUE WHICH IS NOT EASY.THE FACT THAT THEY STRUGGLED TO SCORE IN THE LEAGUE MEANS A LOT.SO MR MUBAIWA WHICH QUALITY STRIKERS DID YOU BUY?EVERY END OF SEASON YOU ALWAYS START WITH ALMOST NEW PLAYERS AND YOU EXPECT miracles from pasuwa.if you say you bought quality players how much time did you give them to gel.if you are not good you will regret when you fail to win even the league.the experience he got working with gorowa must be given time.

olle - 11 March 2014

- strike and salaries aside, how do you explain losing/drawing to sides from Botswana and Lesotho? -how do you explain the fact that such a team can go for years without a win away from home in the champions league. -how can one blame a soft penalty when he was actually a beneficiary of such refereeing against a Botswana side. -How do you explain the coach's absence for weeks with the National Team when he has no good assistant. - How do you lay the blame on strikers when you are the one who signed them. I think we have seen your contributions, thanks so much for the championship titles but let someone takeover.

jore - 11 March 2014

NYAYA IRI PACHENA APA- MUBAIWA NECHIKWATA CHAKE- NDIVO MA FAILURES PANO not pasuwa! HAZVIDI ROCKET SCIENCE IZVI!

Batsin - 11 March 2014

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