14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: The Power, Money, and Pasuwa

opinion

IT'S safe to say the fulcrum of Dynamos' Castle Lager Premier Soccer League and Mbada Diamonds Cup success this term was the delightful Denver Mukamba, even though Patson Jaure can make his own strong case.

It is thus distressful for Dynamos supporters to imagine the champions without the duo as the team prepares for yet another daunting African expedition.

The Dynamos executive has given coach Kalisto Pasuwa all the transfer powers, which is a good development considering that someone in the club's hierarchy splurged US$40 000 on the Zambian duo of Arthur Kaseloki and Derrick Kabwe, who both dismally failed to make the grade.

While it is commendable that Pasuwa has been given a free reign on transfers, it's important to note that as long as he is not given the financial support to complement that power, the situation could still be as bad as in previous season.

It would be difficult for Dynamos to land their prime targets because DeMbare does not like to see money leaving their bank account, or whereever it's safely kept.

After a season where the club harvested a fortune just from gate takings alone, banking in excess of US$100 000 after some matches, it is baffling that the board clashed with the players over bonuses at the end of this season.

If some of that money is channeled to fund transfers then fine, but Dynamos should not expect to secure players cheaply considering everyone knows how financially sound they are, or rather should be.

DeMbare should loosen the purse strings and send their scouts into the market to bring in the right personnel.

The time has long passed when Dynamos would bully teams into releasing their players on the cheap. Most teams now have bigger ambitions, such that it is only good money that will entice them to release their stars.

You can understand FC Platinum resisting the temptation to let Donald Ngoma go and you would understand Monomotapa's refusal to let Tawanda Nyamandwe leave, but you would also understand if both teams released their players for good money.

After being schooled in the demands of continental football as a player and coach, Pasuwa knows what he requires; that is players with bigger frames who are physically fit.

Pasuwa knows that even if he can hold on to Mukamba, who was loaned to Dynamos by DC Academy, he still needs to bring in several big players.

The Gift Bello/Jaure combination at the back delivered the championship and the Mbada Diamonds Cup but taking that into Africa is risky business, and Pasuwa can only do that if he is not worried about the noose; mind you, it's always hovering over his head.

All things being equal, Pasuwa should hold on to his best players and of course dispatch the deadwood to create room for new arrivals.

But all things are not equal. There is plenty of money in South Africa and you cannot blame Mukamba, Jaure, Rodrick Mutuma and Simba Sithole if they dump the Glamour Boys for the Absa Premiership -- there is a strong possibility of that happening.

Considering Pasuwa was blamed for the team's mauling in Tunisia in Dynamos' previous African safari, the coach must demand adequate funds to raid the transfer market before Caf shuts the door on player registrations.

Barring any issues between sponsors, Mbada's US$150 000 should be used now to make the necessary replenishments.

It makes no sense to commit lots of funds in the latter stages of the competition because Dynamos needs the right personnel from the beginning of the tournament.

The reality is that Dynamos has fallen way behind the leading pack in African club football, and if the team is to give its fans results they demand, massive investment is the only option.

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