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Kudos to ‘great’ Kali

HE might not be an author of beautiful football, but Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa  is on the brink of completing another remarkable fairy tale with the ‘Glamour Boys’ which would catapult him into the team’s hall of fame.

Report by Kevin Mapasure

The Dynamos gaffer is on the verge of another double and the league title would certainly usher him into Dynamos folklore, an achievement he deserves.

It has not been an easy ride with arch-rivals Highlanders pushing the champions to the wire. A place in the final of the Mbada Diamonds Cup is also no mean task as Dynamos had to negotiate their way past Quelaton, whom they despatched  in a penalty shootout, before emphatic wins over Gunners and Caps United.

Pasuwa and his team have managed to salvage a season which started with what are now routine upheavals at Dynamos Football Club.

Pasuwa could have quit the Glamour Boys before the mid-season break but managed to weather a sustained storm to become the darling of the Dynamos faithful.

It is not easy to coach Dynamos and Pasuwa could have been fired after  just one defeat.

When everyone else in the Dynamos executive had decided it was time to see Pasuwa’s back, chairman Kenny Mubaiwa and secretary-general Raymond Kazembe came to Pasuwa’s rescue and it looks like they have been richly vindicated.

Pasuwa was almost fired for the  defeat to newboys Harare United, only to collect maximum points in the next game against Gunners.

“There was a time I seriously considered quitting because the pressure was too much, but Tau Mangwiro among other friends encouraged me to soldier on; they believed I was on the right track,” Pasuwa to IndependentSport in an interview.

When Dynamos lost 6-0 to Esperance in Tunis many sensed it was time up for Pasuwa.  But after arriving on a Monday from a 24-hour journey that took the team from Tunis to Dubai, Johannesburg and then Harare, DeMbare found themselves on the road to Mutare the following day for a date with Buffaloes where against all odds they won.

“It was a difficult situation after the Tunisia experience as some people within Dynamos were hoping we lose in Mutare and that it would be the last of me. But we won making it difficult to fire me. It was difficult to lift the spirits of the players prior to the match but I just explained to them the situation I was in and I asked them to play for me, and they fought gallantly. They have done that throughout the season and I am grateful they have got us this far.”

Tough assignments piled up, with Dynamos at one stage travelling to Bulawayo to face Highlanders before returning to face rivals Caps United, followed by a trip to Zvishavane to face FC Platinum.

Once the Glamour Boys passed that test with flying colours by taking seven points, a world of possibilities suddenly opened up.

Pasuwa has managed to ride on the experience of Takesure Chinyama at some point, Guthrie Zhokinyi, Murape Murape and also the youthful exuberance of find-of-the-season Farai Mpasiri, Patson Jaure and Tichaona Mabvura. Then there is the brilliance of the man who drives the team: Denver Mukamba.

In Mukamba, Dynamos’ all-action man, Pasuwa has a player who can prise open any defence.

Of course the champagne is still on ice since Dynamos will need another point on Sunday away to Hardbody, but it is hard to imagine any result other than DeMbare confirming themselves as champions once again, confirming Pasuwa’s greatness.

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