Pasuwa saga . . . the full details!

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The major sticking point in the raging contractual dispute between Dynamos and coach Calisto Pasuwa is a clause that allows the championship winning gaffer to get his full salary in the event he gets fired, NewsDay Sport can reveal.

The two parties have for the better part of this week been haggling over 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 runs out in eight days. There have been widespread reports the major dispute in the negotiations has been over the monthly salary Pasuwa is expected to get.

The reports say Pasuwa last week submitted his contract where he was demanding $4 000 a month and other perks which include a car for use on duty, school fees and rentals while Dynamos are offering $3 000, leading to the impasse.

However, a source close to the negotiations yesterday revealed that the salary is no longer an issue as the two parties seem to have settled for a $3 500 monthly salary for the coach.

The source said: “Dynamos have agreed to up their offer from $3 000 to $3 500 as the monthly salary and Pasuwa does not have a problem with that. That one is no longer an issue. It is one of the clauses in the draft contract which is causing all these problems.

“When Pasuwa submitted his draft contract there was a clause which states he would get all his monies if he gets fired before completing his three-year term — the European model kind of contract.

That is where they are not agreeing. Dynamos have removed that clause and Pasuwa is insisting and no one seems to want to budge.”

Pasuwa confirmed this when he told NewsDay Sport they have agreed on almost everything, but there were some “few” sticking points.

“I had a meeting with the entire executive on Tuesday and we agreed on almost everything, but we didn’t agree on some few clauses. What surprised me are the figures that are being written in the newspaper.

Although I should admit that it was one of the sticking points, I never demanded $15 000. Is that figure realistic anyway? The money issue is not the biggest problem here, but there are some clauses which I said I need some clarification.

I just said I need time to consult, not that the talks broke down,” said Pasuwa on Wednesday.
Dynamos secretary-general Nyika Chifamba, who had a meeting with Pasuwa’s lawyer on Wednesday that stretched late into the night confirmed they have not yet reached an agreement. Chifamba refused to disclose the sticking points to the negotiations and said the talks will resume today.

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.