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Pasuwa to sign Dynamos extension contract

[Posted 29 Dec 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Deal broker! Moses Chunga has played a key role in breaking the impasse between Pasuwa and Dynamos

The Calisto Pasuwa/ Dynamos impasse over the extension of his contract as Head  coach of popular Harare football club, Dynamos, appears to have been broken, with revelations last night that an agreement has been reached over the sticky salary issue.

After the  Dynamos Executive led by Keny Mubaiwa  met in the capital Harare yesterday following the mediation efforts of the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches  Union,  the Dynamos leadership agreed to continue with Pasuwa, implying that the newspaper advertisements inviting applications for the 'vacant' head coach post will now be abandoned.

The latest agreement does not however mean that there is any change to the salary offer by the Dynamos executive of $3000 per month, as opposed to the coach's proposal of $4000. Pasuwa is  expected to agree to accept the lower offer from the club.

The Dynamos coach was not available to sign the deal or meet the club's executive  yesterday due to illness in his family.

Mubaiwa confirmed to the media last night that the Dynamos leadership has finally come to their senses  and have agreed to continue with the title  winning coach rather than embark on a senseless recruitment drive at this stage of the CAF Champions League preparations.

"We will go for him (Pasuwa). As we have always said, the executive had no problem with Pasuwa continuing as our coach.

"That is why we made all that effort to negotiate with him, but it's unfortunate we reached a point where we felt we could not break the impasse and we had chosen another route.

"But the members of the executive agreed we will go for him when we discussed the matter today (yesterday) as a follow up to what we discussed with Chunga on his behalf," said Mubaiwa.

Mubaiwa confirmed that the Dynamos offer of $3000 remains what the club can afford at this stage, but remained confident that the talks the executive had with ZSCU's Moses Chunga will lead Pasuwa to accepting the offer and sign.

"There are no changes to what we offered him and let me clarify that we are not starting to negotiate with him anew. We made our position clear and he is only left to sign.

"If what we discussed with Chunga is anything to go by, then we could have already finalised everything and by now he should have signed a new contract.

"It's unfortunate he was not able to attend the meeting. He excused himself to attend to a sick relative but we are all happy with the new development," added Mubaiwa.

Pasuwa's initial contract  with Dynamos is set to expire tomorrow, and when he is available to sign an extension, it will be a new three year contract which will  keep him at Dynamos until end of the 2014 season.

The latest development will be welcome news to a club that really needs to focus on preparations for what appears to be a gruelling Champions League campaign  in 2012.

Dynamos have received a bye in the preliminary stages of Africa's premier club competition and will only join the  competition at the second round stage.

It is a pity that a club that is expected to be enjoying the fruits of the technical teamand the players' hard work at this stage of the festive season,have to endure sickening stories in the newspapers about a public fall-out between the executive and the coach over a salary issue.

The  positions of both Pasuwa and the Dynamos executive were not really something akin to the North and South poles to an extend that they could not reconcile their differences.

The major problem in this whole saga was either the maturity,or lack of it on either party,even though much of the blame appears to fall squarely  on the executive, so eager to rush to the press to attack their coach rather than focussing on resolving the impasse.

Much wasexpected from businessmen like Mubaiwa,and this whole saga haas really exposed weaknesses at providing leadership and the poor confilict resolution skills of the entire executive.

Has Pasuwa himself been an angel in this entire saga? Not at all.

The player who distinguished himself as a playerat Zimbabwe'sbiggest club and now as a coach was eager to remain popular with the club's supporters, rushing off to a meeting with the supporters union and the media to try and win sympathy.

Pasuwa could have done better himself. He could have simply allowed his representatives to speak  on his behalf rahter than standing accused of negotiating through the media as was the case.

It is hoped that this saga has brought lessons for both the executive and the young coach, that some things are rather discussed and finalised in board rooms rather than attempting to clean one's dirty linen in public. 

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