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AS had become imminent, Callisto Pasuwa survived to fight another day in the Dynamos dressing room as the Premiership champions yesterday held a soul-searching marathon indaba in which they resolved to mount a united bid for a possible fourth successive championship. There had been some speculation that Pasuwa could be shown the door at Dynamos or that the coach would be handed an ultimatum to deliver results in the club’s next few assignments.

Pasuwa’s fate had also appeared to be premised on the reported friction between club executive chairman Kenny Mubaiwa and the three-time championship winning coach.

But as had been revealed by The Herald yesterday “Pasuwa’s job is safe” and Mubaiwa emerged from the indaba to confirm as much.

Mubaiwa also revealed that former coach David Mandigora had stepped down from the vice-chairman’s post to take over as the head of the club’s junior teams.

Mandigora, a league and cup double winner with DeMbare in 2007, had his name also linked with those touted as possible replacements for Pasuwa but Mubaiwa said the veteran coach would now spearhead a rejuvenation programme for the Harare giants youth teams.

“Mandigora has been underutilised as vice-chairman so he will now be in charge of all the junior teams and he will identify the coaches he wants to work with there and revive our junior policy.

“We cannot afford to always buy players when we can groom our young talent. We will look for a new vice-chairman but at the moment we do not have any pressure to rush to do so,” Mubaiwa said.

The Dynamos chairman also dismissed suggestions that Warriors assistant coach Pasuwa would be given a three-game ultimatum, arguing that the Premiership is not won or lost on the results of just three games.

“We had a fruitful meeting and contrary to what has been said, it was not a meeting about firing the coach. It was a discussion that reviewed where we are coming from, where we are and where we are going.

“We looked at the games we have played and areas we need to improve on and the technical team also told us of their problems and gave input on the kind of assistance they need.

“The meeting also resolved that the National Sports Stadium was the best we can have for our home games at the moment and we also discussed our budgetary constraints and considered that we have too many away games this year and for some of those matches we may need to travel to and from the game on the same day.

“We will also assess which games we will need to camp for and those where we can do without camp.”

Mubaiwa also castigated the boo boys and the hooligan section among the Dynamos fans whom he said could cost the club in fines for missile throwing.

“Very soon we will embark on a membership drive where we want to launch a supporters’ card but my appeal to our supporters is that it is the club that will be fined heavily by the PSL for any violent behaviour or missile throwing and we if we are genuine Dynamos supporters, let us play our part and support the team to win the league and the cups that are on offer.

“The fans have to patient, our house is in order and there is no rift between the coach and the chairman. Losing three games is not the end of the road because I don’t think there is any team that will finish the season unbeaten,” Mubaiwa said.

Just like Pasuwa, Harare City Council gaffer Bigboy Mawiwi also appears to have survived the chop, at least for now.

Mawiwi had been sacked by a section of the Sunshine Boys executive but the move,which reportedly did not have the blessings of club chairman Leslie Gwindi and patron and Harare Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni suffered a stillbirth.

Yesterday Mawiwi continued with his duties and took charge of Harare City’s training at ZB Sports Club ahead of their home tie against Triangle at Rufaro tomorrow.

There were indications though that unlike Pasuwa, Mawiwi’s tenure will be reviewed at the halfway stage of the season with the coach expected to have garnered enough points to ensure Harare City will be on course for a top three finish.

It also emerged that a reshuffle of the Harare City executive committee is looming.

Already club secretary Tarisayi Kwenda has been relieved of her duties as the club believe their failure to win matches has got more to do with off-field politics at the team.

During the pre-season, Harare City were touted as one of the title favourites along seasoned campaigners Dynamos, Highlanders and CAPS United, but a poor start to their season has turned that hope into doubt.

However, Mawiwi is still putting up a brave face and hopes that a win tomorrow will be the breakthrough his side needs.

Source : The Herald