Dynamos coach Kalisto Pasuwa has lost the backing of club executive chairman Kenni Mubaiwa as debate rages on within the DeMbare family over whether he should retain his position after another Caf Champions League dismal failure.
The Bob 90 Super Cup final,which on another occasion would have passed for a pre-season light sparring with rivals Highlanders, has suddenly assumed equal importance to the lost Champions League tie against AS Vita.
Pasuwa has managed to weather storm after storm in previous seasons, thanks to the backing of Mubaiwa. But, after Mubaiwa’s annihilation in the Premier League polls at the hands of Twine Phiri last Sunday their relationship has soured with the DeMbare boss allegedly blaming Pasuwa for his defeat.
Mubaiwa got three votes as opposed to Phiri’s 12 in the race for the PSL chairmanship.
Insiders this week told IndependentSport that while Pasuwa still enjoys the crucial support of some executive members and that of board member Bernard Marriot, he is walking a tight rope as those calling for his axe await the slightest of opportunities to sack him.
David Mandigora is reported to be waiting in the wings to take over.
“The chairman (Mubaiwa) is not happy that the strike by the players was staged on the eve of the PSL elections,” said one source. “He is convinced Pasuwa influenced the players to stage the strike which he believes painted him as a bad administrator. There has been no player strike at Dynamos for years and the timing of this one has induced Mubaiwa to conclude it was calculated to make sure he lost the election. Pasuwa knows that if he survives this time he will work under stringent conditions where he cannot give his bosses the flimsiest excuse to fire him.”
Mubaiwa was not available for comment yesterday but having publicly supported Pasuwa all along, his tone suddenly changed this week when he said the club was not improving on the continent under the three-time championship winning coach.
Dynamos and Highlanders enjoyed a fruitful transfer window where they captured some of the best players on the local scene, and the Bob Cup presents an opportunity for the two to test their ammunition.
Highlanders fans are convinced this time coach Kelvin Kaindu has received enough financial backing to finally dislodge Dynamos from their perch.
Both clubs are expected to unleash star signings with Bosso expected to parade Joel Ngodzo, Kuda Mahachi and Felix Chindungwe.
Dynamos will be looking to the talents of Masimba Mambare, who plays against his former team for the first time.