UNDER-FIRE Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa will not be relieved of his duties at the league champions despite two successive defeats and will be in charge of this Sunday’s away tie to Shabanie Mine at Maglas in Zvishavane, club secretary Webster Chikengezha says.
Last season, Dynamos-perennial slow starters due to their almost annual participation in the Caf Champions League, lost four games from 30 matches, but have already lost three in six matches to ZPC Kariba, Chapungu and Buffaloes, by identical 0-1 scorelines.
This time around, the problems go beyond the usual slow start.
Pasuwa and his boss Keni Mubaiwa are reportedly not in good books.
Dynamos secretary-general Webster Chikengezha yesterday said they still have faith in Pasuwa and had no intentions to fire him.
Reports this week had suggested the Dynamos executive would hold a crisis meeting for an inquest into the team’s sluggish start to their defence of the championship this season with Pasuwa facing the axe.
Former Monomotapa and Warriors coach Norman Mapeza had reportedly been lined up to replace Pasuwa whose side has been shocked 1-0 by Chapungu and Buffaloes in the last two league matches.
However, Chikengezha said yesterday there were no plans to fire Pasuwa and reports Mapeza is set to come in as replacement for him were unfounded.
“As secretary-general of the club, I am surprised that there could be a meeting to fire the coach which I don’t know about. I am surprised to see all this in the newspapers. There are no plans to fire the coach nor are there plans to bring in Norman Mapeza as coach,” he said.
“All this is not true. We have faith in Pasuwa and when we meet it will just be a routine meeting to review the situation. This is the norm with all the 16 clubs in the league. They always meet after every match for reviews.”
The defeat to Buffaloes at the National Sports Stadium (NSS) on Sunday was third in the league in six matches and the second straight loss following another reverse to league new boys Chapungu in midweek last week.
That defeat has left the champions in eighth place on the table with nine points, three behind joint leaders Highlanders and ZPC Kariba.
Hard-to-please Dynamos supporters expressed their frustration at the team’s performance when they threw missiles at board chairman Bernard Marriot at the NSS on Sunday as he tried to calm them following the defeat to Buffaloes.
The supporters appeared to have grown impatient with Pasuwa despite having led the team to three successive league titles. Dynamos will make the trip to Maglas to face Shabanie Mine this Sunday hoping to recover from the defeats in the previous matches.
Marriot supported Pasuwa’s stay while Mubaiwa is said to be pushing for the coach’s immediate ouster. David Mandigora, the club’s former coach and now vice-chairman, is reportedly angling for a return to the technical bench, as is Sunday Chidzambwa, who is looking for a job after leaving South Africa’s Black Leopards last year.