22 March 2014

Zimbabwe/Congo-Kinshasa: Pasuwa Dismisses A.S Vita Link

DYNAMOS coach Callisto Pasuwa last night quashed rumours linking him with a surprise move to Democratic Republic of Congo outfit AS Vita, insisting he is fully committed to his job with the Glamour Boys and will see out his contract at the Premiership champions.

Pasuwa's deal at Dynamos will expire at the end of this year.

The triple championship-winning coach last night said he had been taken aback to receive inquiries from his management as well as the club's fans after rumours linking him with the AS Vita job began circulating in the capital.

Zimbabwe international left-back Ocean Mushure was also dragged into the rumour mill amid suggestions that he was ready to quit Dynamos and follow Pasuwa to AS Vita.

Ironically, Dynamos fell 1-0 on aggregate to the Congolese outfit after being held 0-0 in the Champions League, first round, first leg tie at the National Sports Stadium.

Dynamos were then hit by a player strike over bonuses ahead of the reverse fixture in Kinshasa with the Glamour Boys only returning to work on the eve of their departure for Congo.

Despite indications that they turned on a battling show in Congo, Dynamos still came short after losing 1-0.

With his team now out of the reckoning for continental glory, Pasuwa has turned his focus on the domestic scene where he hopes to mount a strong challenge for the defence of their league title as well as campaign for honour in the knock-out tournaments.

Pasuwa, however, said he had been disappointed to learn that "learn that there are some people doubting my commitment to Dynamos to such an extent that they would spread rumours that I am dumping the club".

"I have not at any time thought of leaving Dynamos before I see out my contract and I have never thought of going to coach In DRDC either and I just do not know where all this is coming from.

"It is also disappointing that those spreading the rumours have dragged Ocean Mushure and are claiming that I will be leaving together with the player.

"I want to reassure everyone in the Dynamos family that after the Champions League disappointment, I have turned my attention to the domestic assignments and I believe if we are united throughout the season we can successfully defend our Premiership title and stretch our record to four straight championships.

"Apart from the championship we are also targeting the knock-out tournaments such as the Mbada Diamonds Cup and as such I have not time to think of going to the DRC," Pasuwa said.

With the Dynamos board of directors also set to meet this weekend for their annual meeting, Pasuwa said he could not rule out that the motive of the rumour may have been a plot by those against him to push the club's founding fathers into questioning the former midfielder's commitment to the club.

Pasuwa's job has always been a subject of intense debate at Dynamos each time the Harare giants fail to win either at home or on the continental stage and despite winning a record three successive Championship titles, there is a clique within DeMbare that still argues that "he is too inexperienced for the job".

While there was unease and speculation over Pasuwa ahead of the start of the 2014 season, there were no such problems for former Dynamos talisman Edward Sadomba who struck his fourth goal in five Champions League games for his Libyan outfit Al Ahly Benghazi yesterday.

According to reports from Tunis, Sadomba struck the only goal after 68 minutes as the Libyans beat defending African Champions Al Ahly 1-0 in a Champions League, second round, first leg tie at the Rades stadium in Tunisia yesterday.

Ahly Benghazi are having to play their Champions League home matches in Tunis after Confederation of African Football decided on a neutral venue because they were concerned about the safety of visiting team's following the unrest that has charaterised Libya over the last two years.

After Sadomba gave them the slight advantage, Ahly Bengazi will now travel to Alexandria in a week's time hoping to cause a major upset and send the champions reeling put of Africa's premier club knock-out competition.

The winners of this round will advance to the Champions League group stages, something that Dynamos have failed to do since 2010.

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