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Pasuwa basks in victory, targets Africa

26/11/2013 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
 
Making history ... Callisto Pasuw
 
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DYNAMOS coach Callisto Pasuwa is revelling in his remarkable feat of a third straight league title at the helm of the Harare giants with the club also confirming preparations have already started for the 2014 Caf Champions League edition.

Pasuwa set a personal milestone that saw him becoming the first Zimbabwean coach to win three straight league titles after Dynamos cruised to a record 20th league title on Sunday after beating Black Mambas 2-0 at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

But they had to thank rivals Caps United for forcing a 2-2 draw with Harare City who started the afternoon in control of the standings with two points clear at the top. City’s falter set up a cushion for Dynamos to win it on goal difference.

Pasuwa reflected on a tough season that saw themselves, City and Highlanders exchanging stints at the top

“It is all the work of God who helped us win the league titles under difficult conditions. It was not easy from the start because of the challenge offered by other teams but thank God we managed to bag it at the end,” Pasuwa said.

“We endured a lot of pressure all season especially those days when we were drawing matches. But the executive understood us and gave us all the necessary support as well as some supporters. The players also did well to defy tough situations we met along the way.”

Club chairman Kenny Mubaiwa, has also confirmed the champions will once again represent Zimbabwe in the CAF Champions League next year.

“We cannot disappoint our loyal fans, so definitely we are going back to Africa. We have an executive meeting tomorrow (today) evening just to start those preparations,” Mubaiwa said Tuesday.

He conceded that Dynamos had needed some of their rivals to come short when it mattered most and said they would look to bolster their squad ahead of the continental campaign.

“We clearly struggled during the season so we definitely need quality players. The coaches are already identifying those players they might need and I think that will be in all departments,” he said.

Dynamos are said to be interested in the Highlanders duo of Masimba Mambare and Peter Moyo, Hwange’s utility defender Eric Chipeta, Chicken Inn’s Felix Chindungwe, Monomotapa’s Ronald Chitiyo and Hardlife Zvirekwi of Caps United.

They have up to 31 December to register the players with Caf with the final list of players set to be forwarded to the continental body by 15 January next year.



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Mubaiwa said they have also been engaging the corporate world regarding funding adding he was confident the team would be able to fulfil its matches in the Champions League.

Zifa will be presented with a deadline headache for the Caf Confederation Cup as the Zimbabwean representatives will only be known on the day of the deadline.

The representatives will be decided after the Mbada Diamonds Cup final between Highlanders and How Mine set for Barbourfields Stadium on Saturday.

Highlanders are automatically out of the reckoning after being banned for three years following an administrative boob by Zifa who registered them for the same competition despite objections from the club.





 
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