Mathe gets ultimatum

HARARE - Under-fire CAPS United coach Mark Mathe has been given a two-match ultimatum to save his job following the team’s dismal performances, the Daily News has learnt.

Former Dynamos and Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa has now been earmarked as a possible replacement should Mathe fail to meet the target of winning the next two league matches.

The team’s executive was not pleased by the club’s early exit on penalties in the Chibuku Super Cup to ZPC Kariba on Sunday at Rufaro Stadium.

Mathe has since been tasked to turn the tables around in their next two league games against Flame Lilly and Dongo Sawmills or face the chop.

After the defeat to ZPC, Makepekepe supporters waylaid the team outside the venue demanding Mathe’s immediate sacking before they were driven away by police.

Since Mathe took over from Mark Harrison in June, CAPS United have struggled for flair and consistency, winning only once from the five matches he has managed.

The Green Machine executive was not readily available for comment but sources confirmed that Mathe would be shown the exit door if he fails to meet the two-game target.

“He (Mathe) has been given a two-match ultimatum and he is supposed to collect maximum points,” said the source.

“The executive is not happy especially after they invested a lot of money. They brought in players at the request of the coach but still they are failing to win.

“It’s difficult to explain because when the team was struggling with no money they were winning.

“The Chibuku defeat to ZPC Kariba was the final nail on his coffin. And if he fails to collect maximum points in the next two matches he will be history.”

The source added: “The executive wants Pasuwa to succeed him. I am sure you know the position of Pasuwa now. The negotiations could start in the next few days. Some of the guys in the executive want Pasuwa to take over regardless of the outcome of the two matches.

Pasuwa recently stepped down as Warriors coach having endured a torrid 12-month period as both the Warriors and Young Warriors coach as he did not receive any of his salaries.

The 44-year-old 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 last year before throwing in the towel to join the Warriors.

He led the Young Warriors to the African Games to be held in Congo Brazzaville next month while the Warriors had started their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group L campaign with a 1-2 win over Malawi.

Pasuwa’s manager Gibson Mahachi, however, revealed to the Daily News yesterday that they have not received any formal approach yet from CAPS United.

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