Dynamos has fired their under-fire coach Lloyd Mutasa with immediate effect.
Assistant coach Biggie Zuze takes over the hot seat until the club appoints a substantive coach.
Mutasa was on a three-match ultimatum to resuscitate Dynamos fading fortunes, after the club had gone seven games without a win. While he did stop the rot in two games – against Bulawayo City and Chapungu – it was the loss against Harare City over the weekend that broke the proverbial camel’s back.
Dynamos’ mini-revival came to a halt when left back Brighton Chayambuka scored two first half goals to help Harare City beat the Glamour Boys in a Castle Lager Premiership match.
Apparently this was the last straw for the dynamos executive, who wielded the axe Tuesday without batting an eyelid.
Samaita, as Mutasa’s is popularly known as, played for Dembare in a glittering career which saw him capturing the league title with the glamours in 1994, 1995 and 1997. He was also part of arguably greatest squad which featured Callisto Pasuwa, Gift Muzadzi and Masimba Dinyero just to mention a few.
Mutasa was also popular for his goal scoring prowess.
Mutasa has coached several teams in the premier league. He got into the limelight when he was head coach of Kiglon Football Club. He assembled a very youthful team which was known for its passing game.
Following his stint with Kiglon, Samaita was appointed head coach of Dynamos Football Club where he was an instant hit after having brought talented players to the club such as Gift Bello, Archford Gutu and Denver Mukamba.
Although he did not last the whole season at Dembare, his contribution at the club remained evidently clear, the club went on to clinch the league title following his departure towards the end of the season. He has also coached other teams such as FC Platinum as well as being the assistant coach of the national team.
According to media reports, Dynamos could be forced to turn to Kalisto Pasuwa, with the former coach coming in with his backroom staff if he agrees a reunion.
Those close to the management say there will be no experiments.
“As things stand, another wrong decision will see the club fighting relegation for the rest of the season. That three match ultimatum was a rope for Mutasa and his technical team to hang themselves.
“So they are unlikely to experiment, but go for a tried and tested former son. And in this case, Pasuwa could save them from relegation,” said a source.
“The challenge though is that the club normally do not want to deal with coaches that they have clashed with in terms of legal battles, like in Pasuwa’s case, but they will have to come to a compromise.
“Such, a marriage though will also be depended on whether Pasuwa can accept. He has in the past turned down other local offers. He will consider relations he has with these guys and also consider the fact that he will be again replacing Mutasa.”
When Pasuwa left Dynamos, he was owed money from salaries, bonuses and allowances. That forced the coach to take court action to recover what he was owed while Dynamos also reported him that he was holding on to one of their assets in what became a nasty break-up.
Pasuwa’s agent Gibson Mahachi told H-Metro that his client was available but he is always analytical with each case that comes his way.
“I think we have no right to talk about the Dynamos situation because we have not been approached. But what I can only confirm is that Pasuwa is available for any team,” Mahachi said.
“But what you must understand about Pasuwa is that he has certain principles. Of late he has received offers from other local clubs, but he looks at the circumstances surrounding the dismissal or resignation of that coach. If the circumstances are not okay with him, he says no.
“In some cases, he has been offered jobs where there is a coach in place. Pasuwa looks at the scenario and sees that the coach in place has really done nothing wrong and doing well. Again he has said no. That is why up to now he is available,” he said.