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Pasuwa under fire

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A GOALLESS draw at home in the first leg of a two-legged knockout competition is never a bad result, but not when you are a coach of Dynamos.

HENRY MHARA
SPORTS REPORTER

Following the drab draw against Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) side AS Vita in the Caf Champions League first round, first leg match at the National Sports Stadium on Saturday, Kalisto Pasuwa’s future with the Harare giants is in grave doubt.

Media reports this week suggested that vultures were circling on the under-fire coach with some Dynamos board members reportedly drawing up a “new technical team” to take over from the record-making coach.

A source yesterday said Pasuwa, a three-time title winning coach, will “definitely” get fired if he fails to get a result in the decisive match in Kinshasa next weekend.

“The reports that were in the newspaper are true. His record away is poor and if he fails to get a positive result in DRC, we will definitely fire him,” a board member said yesterday. “He has won everything on the local front, so if he fails here there will be no reason to keep him,” he added.

Names such as that of former coaches David Mandigora, the current club vice-chairman and Sunday Chidzambwa, currently banned by Zifa for his alleged involvement in the Asiagate match-fixing scandal, have been thrown into the hat as the possible candidates for a takeover.

The club’s precedence to sack a coach, particularly when they fail to perform in the Champions League was executed with the dismissal of Pasuwa’s predecessor Lloyd Mutasa in 2011.

When asked about his chances of getting a result in DRC that could possibly save his job, Pasuwa said: “It’s still game on. The good thing is we did not concede, so we can go there and score. The problem with most Zimbabweans is that they think getting a draw especially away is not a good result, but they should know that this competition is difficult and it’s even hard to get that draw away. The good thing is we can still qualify with a scoring draw so we don’t necessarily have to win when we go to DRC,” the man who has not won a single match in six attempts away from home in continental competitions, said.

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