Sacking Pasuwa not the solution

HARARE - For the past two seasons, Juventus have obliterated all their opposition to win the Italian scudetto without breaking a sweat.

This season, the Old Lady is on the way to claim a third Serie A title on the trot, sitting 14 points ahead of second-placed AS Roma with only 11 games before the season ends.

It is in Europe where Antonio Conte’s men have flattered to deceive, failing to even make it out of their Champions League group this season.

Despite failing to make an impact in Europe, the club have remained behind their former captain and they expect him to renew his contract later this year.

Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta last week said: “The relationship between Conte, the club, president (Andrea) Agnelli and the board is optimum. Right now we are all focused on what would be an historic victory; that is to win our third-straight scudetto. We have decided to leave to one side talks of the future and we will deal with that further ahead well aware that we have a great coach with us.”

Closer to home, Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa finds himself in a similar position to that Conte of Juve.

Pasuwa has led DeMbare to three Zimbabwe championships on the trot since taking over mid-2011.

The Glamour Boys have, however, failed to make an impact in the Africa Champions League where they have been dumped out in the qualifying rounds in the last four years.

At the weekend, Pasuwa watched in agony as his team bowed out of the competition at the hands of Democratic Republic of Congo side AS Vita after a 1-0 defeat in Kinshasa.

Despite Pasuwa operating under well-documented difficult working conditions, the club bosses are even considering showing the coach the exit door.

“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,” Kenny Mubaiwa, the Dynamos chairperson, told the Daily News yesterday.

The DeMbare bosses have lined up a meeting this week with Pasuwa where they want the coach to explain why the club failed to reach the Champions League mini-league stage.

By all indications, if the coach fails to give them a satisfactory explanation at this meeting, points out to Pasuwa being dismissed.

 

Before leaving for Kinshasa, Pasuwa had only conducted two training sessions with his squad due to a player strike.

The players demanded to be paid outstanding winning bonuses from last season before ending the strike.

What is surprising now is that Mubaiwa and his colleagues want an explanation on why the team lost in DRC when they know the coach’s preparation were hindered by the player strike.

This was a strike which the club executive was responsible for as they failed to pay the players on time.

It is clear that the club now wants to make Pasuwa the scapegoat when it is clear they have deeper issues which go beyond Pasuwa.

Even before they took on Botswana side Mochudi Centre Chiefs in the preliminary round of the competition, Dynamos had only took part in friendly matches against local Premiership opponents and those from the second tier Division One.

That can hardly count for a proper preparation programme for a club that has ambitions to reach the mini-league stage of the Africa’s premier club competition.

The African Champions League is no easy stroll in the park as its pits some of the best clubs on the continent against each other.

Dumping Pasuwa because he has failed to guide DeMbare to the Champions League group stage will be a wrong decision.

Although the coach has his shortcomings, sacking him will not be the solution only a few weeks before the start of a new season.

The Dynamos executive should be setting up a meeting with Pasuwa to plan to defend their league title this year and ensure that they have another shot at the Champions League next season.

Comments (4)

Well said Nigel. Probably the club executive need to assist Pasuwa by strengthening his technical department, that is, engaging an able assistant given that Pasuwa is an assistant National team coach which means prolonged periods without the team. He therefore needs someone who is very capable to handle the team in his absence. I am not sure why they eventually did not take Biggie Zuze on board. I am sure if that had happened, may be the team would not have struggled that much. However, Pasuwa himself also needs to be receptive of a new competent assistant, without fearing for hiss own job. The team is very good and very much capable of retaining the championship for the 4th time

Absalom - 12 March 2014

Mr C. Pasuwa is a great coach, Mr C. Mubaiwa is a great administrator and Dynamos is a great football club. What I see is money which is a problem so dynamos must find a good sponsor in the African safari. Domesticaly its good because there is a sponsor in BancABC. So please don't fire anyone but sit down and plan for next year. I love you all.

igwe - 12 March 2014

Well said Nigel. Probably the club executive need to assist Pasuwa by strengthening his technical department, that is, engaging an able assistant given that Pasuwa is an assistant National team coach which means prolonged periods without the team. He therefore needs someone who is very capable to handle the team in his absence. I am not sure why they eventually did not take Biggie Zuze on board. I am sure if that had happened, may be the team would not have struggled that much. However, Pasuwa himself also needs to be receptive of a new competent assistant, without fearing for hiss own job. The team is very good and very much capable of retaining the championship for the 4th time

Absalom - 12 March 2014

Shiii! Rumour has it that Sunday is back in town. Keep guessing guys,who is likely to replace Pasuwa?

Bee - 12 March 2014

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