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The Dynamos executive, led by chairman Kenny Mubaiwa, and coach Calisto Pasuwa met in the capital yesterday, but the contract negotiations hit a stumbling block as the two parties could not reach an agreement on personal terms.

Mubaiwa confirmed the meeting, where he said his executive tabled their offer to the former Dynamos midfielder, who later asked for more time to consult with his lawyers before he could put pen to paper.

“The meeting with Calisto Pasuwa went ahead today (yesterday) as we had planned and we assured him that he was the right man for the job.

“We then tabled our offer to him which is a three-year-deal, but he asked to be excused so that he would consult with his lawyers.

We were in agreement on almost everything on the deal except on the issue of personal terms.

“Initially we wanted everything to be concluded today (yesterday), but since he asked for more time we had to be patient and not rush him, but I must emphasise that we want the issue to be finalised as soon as possible.”

The Dynamos leadership has been reluctant to offer Pasuwa a contract to become substantive coach as his current deal expires on December 31.

Pasuwa, who is still basking in the glory of leading the Harare football giants to a historic league and cup double, has made it no secret that he wants a three-year deal.

In an interview with NewsDay Sport last night, the soft-spoken coach confirmed that he had met the Dynamos executive, but said a deal was yet to be reached as he had expressed his reservations about some parts of the contract.

“Yes, I met the whole Dynamos executive and the meeting went on very well although we could not reach an agreement. They offered me a contract and we agreed on some parts, but I felt I needed to consult with my lawyers.

“I expressed my reservations to the club secretary Nyika Chifamba, who said the executive would look into the issue before coming back to me. Hopefully by tomorrow (today) we would have reached an agreement,” said Pasuwa.

On Monday, Pasuwa held a meeting with the leadership of the Dynamos supporters’ association, who were reportedly persuading him to stay with the club while urging the executive to offer him a good contract.

The former Dynamos midfielder took over at the club at the beginning of August when Lloyd Mutasa was sacked after a string of poor results.

Pasuwa went on to rejuvenate Dynamos’ then fading championship campaign after securing nine wins, one draw and a single defeat in the team’s last 11 matches which saw the Glamour Boys pipping FC Platinum to the coveted championship crown on goal difference.

It was Dynamos’ first league championship since 2007 and in the last three seasons which had been dominated by the so-called small teams, Monomotapa, Gunners and Motor Action, while the traditional big teams struggled.

Pasuwa also led Dynamos to the inaugural Mbada Diamonds Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Motor Action at the National Sports Stadium on November 27.

However, Pasuwa must have been left wondering what he had to do to win the hearts of the team’s executive as they continued to stall on awarding him a more lucrative deal at the helm of the country’s most popular and successful football club.

There were also suggestions that the double winners were lining up a move to bring Zambian Keegan Mumba, but the nomadic coach said he has not been approached by DeMbare.