Fellow coaches hail Pasuwa

HARARE - Colleagues have poured praise on Calisto Pasuwa after the Dynamos coach won his fourth straight Castle Premiership title with the Glamour Boys at the weekend. 

Pasuwa wrote his own piece of history by becoming the first Zimbabwean coach to win four league titles on the trot when he led DeMbare to their 21st domestic crown.

DeMbare sealed the championship after beating How Mine 2-0 at the National Sports Stadium while ZPC Kariba, who had begun the weekend in pole position, lost 3-2 to CAPS United across town at Gwanzura Stadium.

After the match, an emotional Pasuwa told reporters he will not be renewing his contract with the record Zimbabwean champions, which expires at the end of the year.

The club, however, is believed to be making efforts to keep the 43-year-old coach.

Stay or not, fellow coaches who spoke to the Daily News yesterday say Pasuwa has already achieved iconic status. 

Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas said: “He is a legend, he has done exceptionally well. There is no other coach who has done this in the history of Zimbabwean football.

“He deserves legendary status. It takes a lot of effort to achieve such a remarkable feat. He has done well at Dynamos. I personally have lots of respect for the man.”

How Mine coach Luke Masomere, whose team lost 2-0 to Dynamos in the crucial last game of the season on Sunday, feels Pasuwa should be regarded as the country’s finest coach.

“As one of the Premier League coaches, what I can say is that Pasuwa has made history. He is the best coach in Zimbabwe. He has surpassed everyone’s expectations and we have to respect him for that,” Masomere, himself a former Dynamos coach, said.

“I also want to be the best coach in the country but I have nothing to show to be regarded as one. But look at him (Pasuwa), nobody has done this before and it’s going to be like that for many years to come. If he can go and do the same at a different club, no one will surpass that feat.  He deserves a lot of respect.”

Masomere, who has professed an undying love for Dynamos, added: “If I was part of the Dynamos executive I wouldn’t let Pasuwa go. He should stay. How can you dismiss someone who has won four straight titles?

“If its money that he wants, then give him, he needs to be recognised. How can you not award a person who wins four straight league titles? Not even the doctor of football in the world has achieved this.

“It’s not going to be easy for the next coach who will come to coach Dynamos.”

Masomere refers to himself the “Doctor of local football.”

Chiredzi FC coach Gishon Ntini says Pasuwa needs the country’s support and should be natured to become a future national team coach.

“I think it shows that we have talent in the country,” Ntini said.

“Pasuwa has worked very hard under difficult circumstances. He is the best coach in the country, there is no doubt about that. It takes a lot of hard work to achieve this. There is no coach in the country who has done it before.

“He needs everyone’s support, he should coach the Warriors one day. His is a great achievement. He deserves recognition.”

Zimbabwe Coaches Association chairman Bhekimpilo Nyoni added his voice: “It’s a great achievement and taking into account our local club’s administration. The coaches will be fighting battles on two fronts. 

“Other people might want to say it was won for them by CAPS United, but remember the league is a marathon. It can only be won after 30 games and each team played their own matches.

“People should also realise that Pasuwa had done well throughout the season. The way he reads the games, he deserves the legendary status, there are no two ways about it.”

Comments (11)

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hamilton Salimo - 26 November 2014

Not even Sir Alex managed that in his 26 years at Man United. Give respect to Pasuwa. As regards whether he leaves or stays, personally I think its time for him to go before he soils his legendary status. Dynamos is a tricky institution where one needs not stay for too long. He can always come back in future, but for now I honestly feel its time, when everyone still loves him for what he has done. The danger is if he stays, next year the team loses one game and he is name called by the same people hailing him today. Pasuwa DO the Eric Cantona......leave on a HIGH!!!!!!!

You Will Never Walk Alone - 26 November 2014

thumps up to one of the greatest coaches this world has ever seen. surely Calisto's name should be written in the guiness book of record. if i were part of the Dinamos excutive i would give Pasuwa a permanant coaching position just like what the manchester club did to fergurson

precious - 26 November 2014

Thanks and congratulations Pasuwa. We love you for your achievement at Dembare, but I suppose the best think to do is to now hand over the button to someone else. It was indeed a great achievement. May be try your luck at liverpool.

Brian Chikwati - 26 November 2014

Great Khali you have achieved a milestone . Your tears of joy after the Howmine match can easily be justified you were right . We the Chazunguza family recognise your works and appreciate so much you have kept us smiling thumps up Ras Marabhundu .

Benzema weDembare - 26 November 2014

He is the best of the worst the best.Even in a class of dunderheads there has to be number 1 ? What has he brought from the Africa Safari > Nothing.So stop making noise about being number one in a class of madofo.

Zimbonymous - 26 November 2014

Even during his playing days Pasuwa was very versatile, he could play many positions effectively: centre back, defensive & attacking midfield. I used to tell friends that that he would likely become a very good coach. The only real issue was that he did not play professional football overseas. However, the guy was an exceptional player, one of my all time greats, very composed on the ball. That's why I insist there is no luck on this, this is the result of years of commitment. Only a guy who has been around can have the confidence to field a different team in a crucial match and win. The guy deserves this. However, the real danger now is that he is probably going to coach a team which is not going to challenge him to do well.

tp - 26 November 2014

Whan has he done at continental level. Nothing. He is a boy not a man. It only shows that Zim soccer has gone down. Soccer is not growing. Where there is stiff competion it will never happen. Mabhuza muzimbabwe.

Nhingi - 26 November 2014

That is your finest moment. We will always remember you for what you did.Prove your newly aquired hero status by raising another team in the league to The Dembare Level.

General - 27 November 2014

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