Pasuwa cries foul


Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa believes the Zambian players striker Derrick Kabwe and midfielder Arthur Kaseloka were not wise buys.

He said this after assessing the players during their first training session at the National Sport Stadium B Arena yesterday.

The Zambian pair arrived in Harare on Monday night. They had been holed up in their native home since DeMbare started pre-season preparations last week because the Harare football giants had been battling to pay $30 000 needed to secure the players. They only managed to do so on Monday.

But after all the hype surrounding the arrival of the players, Pasuwa warned of a disaster if he lost Cuthbert Malajila, Rodreck Mutuma and Takesure Chinyama, who are set to undergo trials in Egypt.

Malajila and Mutuma are already on trials with South African sides Maritzburg United and Cape Town Ajax respectively and could sign deals if they impress.
I was banking on the Zambian striker, but from what I saw today (yesterday) he cannot make the grade.

Its a slot wasted because we had registered him for the Champions League. We now have to pursue Kuda Musharu to register him again although it will come at a cost , said Pasuwa.

As a foreigner, you have to be a bit special. You saw how Takesure Chinyama was playing. You could see that he is a professional player. But I think the striker (Kabwe) cannot make the cut. Maybe I need to give them another two days to assess them. We have to call a spade a spade.

The Dynamos gaffer, however, singled out Kaseloka whom he said could make the grade.

The midfielder is okay I think. I have to give him two more days like I said, but he is not bad, said Pasuwa.

The title-winning coach was not involved in the recruitment of the Zambian players with former secretary general Nyika Chifamba taking a leading role which is believed to have cost him the powerful post.

Chifamba is reported to have been demoted to the position of committee member in a recent reshuffle of the executive. He held the post before he was elevated to the influential job.

However, Pasuwa said he was happy that all the players had reported for training including George Magariro, who had skipped training since the start of the preparations.

He said he was working on the physical fitness of the players, but noted that some like Denver Mukamba, David Kutyauripo and Gift Bello looked fit.

They did not stop training and I could see their fitness level is high. I need all the other players to be fit so we are working on their fitness and this morning we went to the gym, said Pasuwa.

The Dynamos board of directors chaired by Richard Chiminya and the executive were in a meeting late yesterday to confirm the executive changes made over the weekend.

Chiminya arrived at the teams offices at the NSS yesterday just after 1800hrs with Bernard Marriot and other directors.

The executive was led by Keni Mubaiwa while outgoing vice-chairman John Kanokanga and incoming secretary-general Raymond Kazembe were also present.

Chifamba, who had earlier threatened not to be part of the meeting, also joined in. Marriot said a media blackout had been imposed, but the meeting, where tempers were reportedly running high, failed to come up with a date for their AGM.