Pasuwa deal close

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The Dynamos executive yesterday threw its full weight behind the re-engagement of Calisto Pasuwa as the substantive coach of the team and revealed it was prepared to move from its original position in a bid to find common ground which would see the coach’s contract extended.

Pasuwa’s current deal expires tomorrow and the Dynamos leadership has already flighted adverts for a new coach. Indications from sources last night were that Pasuwa will sign a new deal today.

The team’s executive committee was yesterday expected to meet with Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches’ Union chairman Moses Chunga, brokering the impasse between Pasuwa and his employers, but the indaba was postponed to today after Chunga said they had failed to make it because of pressing commitments.

However, Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa said they had met as an executive and resolved to find common ground with Pasuwa.

He said his executive had thrown its full weight behind the reappointment of Pasuwa and was ready to talk to him.

“We have always wanted to give Pasuwa the job as an executive and after our meeting we agreed we should find common ground so that we give him (Pasuwa) a contract extension.

“We were ready for the talks, but we were later told by Chunga, whom we are dealing with to solve this issue, that they are no longer able to make it for the meeting and that we should meet tomorrow(today).

“But what I can say is as an executive we are prepared to talk to Pasuwa again and if there are changes we can make, we are prepared to do so in order to bring this issue to an end. We need to find common ground,” said Mubaiwa.

Pasuwa, who won a league and cup double this season after four years of failure by the team when he took over the coaching reins from Lloyd Mutasa in August, has been negotiating with his employers for a new contract since the season ended on November 27.

He has been demanding a $4 000 monthly salary for a contract extension, while on the other hand the Dynamos leadership has also been insisting they cannot afford the coach’s demands — a position which stalled negotiations between the two parties.

The issue has, however, sucked in the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches’ Union leadership, which is now mediating to try and solve the impasse through Chunga, who is representing the union.

Chunga said they would have a final position after today’s meeting.

The Dynamos leadership had, however, flighted adverts in the media for the job following breakdown in negotiations.

Former Dynamos coach Keegan Mumba from Zambia and Sunday Chidzambwa- the technical director of the Harare giants, had been linked to the job. Chidzambwa is now working at Black Leopards in South Africa.

It, however, appears very likely Dynamos want to appoint a new coach by today to give him time to finalise the Champions League squad whose deadline is tomorrow.