Pasuwa circus rages


The contractual saga between Dynamos Football Club and coach Calisto Pasuwa deepened yesterday as the two parties once again failed to reach common ground.

Dynamos and Pasuwa have for the better part of this week been involved in negotiations for a contract extension, but the talks have stalled amid reports of serious disagreements over the package Pasuwa is supposed to get.

Pasuwa’s current contract has only nine days left on it.

After the Tuesday’s recess to the talks, negotiations resumed yesterday afternoon, this time between Dynamos secretary-general Nyika Chifamba and Pasuwa’s lawyer.

However, by late last night, the two parties had not reached a deal.

Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa, who seems to be increasingly irritated by the continued impasse, yesterday hinted that his executive would look for another coach if Pasuwa still refused to sign by the end of day today.

“We have to move on as a club, we can’t have these negotiations forever,” said the outspoken Mubaiwa. “I personally suspect that Pasuwa is being influenced by some people out there, he is being fed the wrong information.

“Remember when we brought him at the club a lot of people were against the idea and some of the executive members were almost manhandled because of it, but we stood our ground. We had a very good working relationship, but now everything has changed.

“We have been negotiating for the past days, but nothing seems to be moving. We have tabled our offer and he has also put forward his, but we have made it clear that we can’t afford his demands.

I will have to call a meeting with the executive to find a way forward. We have to decide as soon as possible. I really understand the painstaking process of negotiating a contract, but we cannot continue on the path we are at the moment.

It seems we are heading nowhere,” added Mubaiwa.

Mubaiwa refused to disclose the package they have offered to Pasuwa, but sources within the club yesterday confided to NewsDay Sport that the club is offering $3 000 as monthly salary.

Pasuwa, on the other hand, is said to be demanding $5 000 and other perks that includes school fees, rentals and a car.

“My lawyer is the one who is now handling that issue,” said Pasuwa yesterday. “I had a meeting with the entire executive yesterday (Tuesday) and we agreed on almost everything, but we didn’t agree on some few clauses.

What surprises me are the figures that are being written in newspapers. Although I should admit that it’s one of the sticking points, I never demanded $15 000. Is that figure realistic anyway?” retorted Pasuwa.

“The money issue is not the biggest problem here, but there are some clauses which I said I need some clarifications.

I have asked my lawyer to do that for me because some of the wording in the draft contract I was given was a little bit confusing, they are not clear.

I just said I need time to consult, not that the talks broke down,” said Pasuwa. There was no word from the meeting between Chifamba and the lawyer, which started in the afternoon and extended late into the night.

Pasuwa, who took over the reins at the Harare giants midway through the season and guided them to a league and cup double, has made it no secret that he wants a three-year deal.

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.