Dynamos are champions again as Pasuwa bids farewell

HARARE - Just when the bookmakers and even some within the Dynamos family had surrendered, DeMbare powered to their fourth successive Castle Premiership title in stunning fashion here yesterday.

The flat money was on log leaders ZPC Kariba beating CAPS United to win their maiden title in only their first season in the top-flight. Kariba however faltered when it mattered most and were handed a 3-2 defeat by the Green Machine at Gwanzura Stadium.

But as the old adage says “It’s not over until it’s over” it seems to have scripted for DeMbare who once again sneaked glory from the jewels of disappointment with goals from Russell Madamombe and skipper Murape Murape.

Going into the last round of matches yesterday all pointers were at Saul Chaminuka’s men, which even reduced the number of DeMbare fans who came to watch the match yesterday as the majority had given up on winning the fourth straight title.

And when Calisto Pasuwa spoke to journalists during a post-match interview, it was clear that the four-time title winning coach was fighting back tears as he confirmed he will be leaving DeMbare at the end of the year.

For someone who has been with the club both as player and coach, it was but understandable for Pasuwa to become emotional as he said his farewell piece to a team he had led as head coach for the past four years.

“My contract is expiring on December 31 and I said that with or without the title, I will not continue as the Dynamos coach,” Pasuwa said.

“I think it’s time up for me. I have done my part and I need to rest. I think it’s high time someone come and take over.

“I want to thank the Dynamos fans for the wavering support which was very encouraging. Also the sponsors who have been there for us, they made our lives easier.

“I have not secured a job anywhere. I will sit down and start thinking of my next move after my contract expires.

Turning to his fourth straight league title, Pasuwa could not hide his joy.

“I am happy. It’s not easy achieving such a feat. Most people have surrendered even some of the players. I had to take a gamble. When I came back from Morocco (with the Zimbabwe Under-23s) there were only few players who were training and the majority were said to be injured.

“I ended up using players who have not seen a lot of action this season but I am happy because they played well. Our aim was to win our game and it paid at the end of the day. I think CAPS United United have proved to be true professionals.

Pasuwa came into yesterday’s match with a largely makeshift side after most regular players were forced out with injuries. Forgotten midfield enforcer Milton Makopa was handed a rare start and did exceptionally well, taking control in the midfield.

How Mine had their chances too especially on the break but they either shot wide or found Dynamos’ defence pair of Elisha Muroiwa and Themba Ndlovu unyielding.

Comments (11)

if you watched the previous africa champions league matches you will find that our soccer is still chibhubhubhu and mabhuza

ZUPCO - 24 November 2014

Yes l agree with Pasuwa he has done his part and it is good to leave whilst his good CV is not soiled. Like Morinho a mission was achieved let him go elsewhere and prove his ability with other teams. Even the rumour going the mills that Chidzambwa wants to come back and heard Dynamous should note discourage. We know for sure that his team didn't have quality players there are no strikers. The powers that be at DeMbare l know they need results like yesterday but the have to look for quality strikers even if means looking for them beyond Zimbabwe let it be. It was shear lucky that Pasuwa managed to win the 2014 league title. But it would be suicidal for DeMbare to expect the same miracles to happen in the African Safari. When they buy these players they must also medically examine these players before they pin them to contracts otherwise it is unwise to buy players who are not medically fit. As these will fill up their slots to an extent that they will not be able to replace them. Hats of to Pasuwa maintain you inpressive CV. kubva uchadiwa zvirinani pane kuzodirwa weti ne DeMbare funs you remember Chidzambwa's incident at the national Sports Stadium. Good luacky pal and God bless you more by opening other doors for you.

goodlife - 24 November 2014

We know that Mubaiwa and his executive have been sabotaging Kalisto for the better part of this year but you cannot pull down a good man, Pasuwa is a tactician and the best local coach this country has ever produced and if our Zifa was not just as disorganizsed as the Dembare executive they should now be thinking seriously about hiring Pasuwa as the substantive national coach. No coach in this country has achieved such a remarkable feat if one considers the below average players that he had to do with to win the title. With the exception of Blessing Moyo, Themba Ndlovu and Ronald Chitiyo the rest of the players are just mediocre. Whoever is coming to coach Dynamos must adopt the van Gaul style, retire every player except these three, and hire fresh pairs of legs.

CDE CHURUCHEMINZWA - 24 November 2014

We know that Mubaiwa and his executive have been sabotaging Kalisto for the better part of this year but you cannot pull down a good man, Pasuwa is a tactician and the best local coach this country has ever produced and if our Zifa was not just as disorganizsed as the Dembare executive they should now be thinking seriously about hiring Pasuwa as the substantive national coach. No coach in this country has achieved such a remarkable feat if one considers the below average players that he had to do with to win the title. With the exception of Blessing Moyo, Themba Ndlovu and Ronald Chitiyo the rest of the players are just mediocre. Whoever is coming to coach Dynamos must adopt the van Gaul style, retire every player except these three, and hire fresh pairs of legs.

CDE CHURUCHEMINZWA - 24 November 2014

makorokoto pasuwa.hapana kwauri kuenda. shinga fergason let manu for many titles saka hazvina kutanga newe.aluta continua

tonderai marime - 24 November 2014

Well done Pasuwa, great (former) player and great coach. However, after winning 4 in succession that's when you aim to build a fortress, set bigger goals like the champions league. It's seems good to maintain a clean CV by walking away but what about continuity. Look at Mhofu Chidzambwa, he was at dynamos for years of Fergie... Of cause I can understand the unnecessary challenges of being a Dynamos coach

tp - 24 November 2014

Thanks Pasuwa for the 4th tittle I salute you and the team.May i encourage you to stay for another year just to beat zpc for us inondishungurudza team iyi.

simba - 24 November 2014

Thanks Pasuwa for the 4th tittle I salute you and the team.May i encourage you to stay for another year just to beat zpc for us inondishungurudza team iyi.

simba - 24 November 2014

Thanks Pasuwa for the 4th tittle I salute you and the team.May i encourage you to stay for another year just to beat zpc for us inondishungurudza team iyi.

simba - 24 November 2014

i am so happy for you Great player, great coach. U are the best this country has ever produced. I used to tell pple wen u were assisting Mutasa that its Kalisto's tactics winning the matches. You have made the right decision to leave after 4 straight wins. My advice is please don't go and negotiate a contract ku Harare City uriwega, take a lawyer with contracts experience. its your time to make a descent living out of Soccer baba. Makorokoto wedu.

Pasuwa Biggest Supporter - 25 November 2014

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