FORMER Dynamos coach Elvis “Chuchu” Chiweshe has hailed Kalisto Pasuwa after he lifted the Premiership crown for the second year running.
Report by Tawanda Tafirenyika Sports Correspondent
Chiweshe, now coaching Botswana’s Gaborone United, apologised to the Dynamos coach for his attack on him this year when he said he questioned the former DeMbare midfielder’s readiness to preside over the Harare giants.
But Chiweshe was proved wrong as Pasuwa and his assistant Tonderai Ndiraya successfully defended the Castle Lager Premier Soccer league title ahead of rivals from Bulawayo, whom they piped on goal difference after both teams finished on 69 points.
With that success, Pasuwa has become one of only three coaches to have won back-to-back league titles at Dynamos.
And Chiweshe, who coached Dynamos in 2010 but failed to lead them to the Promised Land, was gentleman enough to praise Pasuwa for winning the coveted league title.
“We are all happy as Dynamos to retain the league title. I just want to thank everyone who made it happen, the technical staff, the players and not leaving out the main stakeholders of DeMbare, the supporters.
“It was achieved through commitment, determination and dedication. The team showed character and there was a great fighting spirit,” Chiweshe said.
Chiweshe apologised to Pasuwa on his Facebook page acknowledging his mistake in the first assessment of the DeMbare gaffer.
“I want to take this opportunity to apologise to my young brother Pasuwa. Errors are common my brother,”
Chiweshe wrote: “We sometimes say things influenced by emotions. I could have come to you, instead of blasting you – but one thing – I am happy about you, you have proved me wrong. I made my comments after the 6-0 defeat in the African Champions League. Please don’t take this personally. Again, thank you very much for winning the league for us! You did what I failed to do. You are a great coach. All the best in the Mbada Diamond Cup final! My brother, we all make mistakes. But we should be united by the fact that we are a family at Dynamos.”
Dynamos are scheduled to play Monomotapa in the Mbada Diamonds Cup final on Saturday and should they win, they would have completed another league and cup double after lifting the trophy at the expense of Motor Action last year.
After being crowned league champions again this year, Pasuwa silenced many of his critics and a victory on Saturday in the Mbada final can only earn him more plaudits.
It will be by no means easy facing a Monomotapa side that has played some of the best football this year, managing to beat both Highlanders and Dynamos during the league campaign.