Dynamos 2-0 How Mine
HISTORY making Dynamos coach Callisto Pasuwa sensationally quit the newly crowned champions Sunday evening after seeing his side wrap up a fourth title in a row, their 21st overall since independence.
Dynamos’ fourth successive championship equals Highlanders’ run between 1999 and 2002 in the modern premiership, although Bosso’s feat was achieved by two different coaches – Rahman Gumbo and Eddie May.
What makes Dynamos achievement historic is that Pasuwa is the first to win four in a row, a record that might never be broken.
Before the era of the modern premiership, Dynamos had won four in a row from 1980 to 1983, but Black Rhinos, straight from Division One, snatched the league title in 1984.
Dynamos won 2-0 against How Mine at National Sports Stadium to finish the season on 57 points, one more than ZPC Kariba, who finished second with 56 points after they lost 3-2 to Caps United at Gwanzura.
But a storm has been brewing in the Dynamos camp for some time and last week, with Pasuwa away on national duty with the Warriors in Morocco, the team’s leadership allegedly convened a meeting and called in a senior player for the briefing.
While Pasuwa’s contract was due to end on December 31, he was looking at extending it for next season’s Caf Champions League, but ended the marriage after Sunday’s match.
It is understood that when Pasuwa returned from Morocco, he was briefed on his fate by some executive members.
In confirming the news after the match, which had been circulating over the weekend, Pasuwa said: “This match was my last league match at Dynamos.
“My contract is expiring on December 31 and I will not renew it. It’s a personal decision and I had told my close associates way before this match that with or without the league title, I was not renewing the contract.
“I’m not leaving because of the national team job, but I’m saying maybe I need to take a rest. If there is any job offer that might come, I will have to see if the opportunity is worthwhile but, at the moment, I’m taking a break,” said the 44 year old.
Dynamos chairman Kenny Mubaiwa said he was surprised by the decision of the coach.
“We are yet to sit and review the season, so this is a surprise. I am hearing it from you. So he told you guys (media) after the match?” Mubaiwa asked this reporter.Advertisement
Russell Madamombe, who has not been playing for the better part of the season opened the scoring for Dynamos, 15 minutes into the before veteran Murape Murape made sure of victory for the champions at the death.
Sunday: Harare City 1-0 Chicken Inn (Rufaro), Triangle 2-1 Shabanie Mine (Gibbo), Black Rhinos 1-1 Bantu Rovers (Rimuka), Buffaloes 1-1 Hwange (Sakubva), FC Platinum 2-0 Chiredzi (Mandava), Highlanders 2-0 Chapungu (Hartsfield), ZPC Kariba 2-3 Caps United (Gwanzura), Dynamos 2-0 How Mine (National Sports Stadium)