Pasuwa, DeMbare make history

DEMBARE WINPetros Kausiyo Deputy Sports Editor
THE Castle League Premier Soccer League Championship went to the wire yesterday with the top three teams – Dynamos, Highlanders and Harare City- finishing level on 54 points but Dynamos clinched the title for a record 20th time courtesy of superior goal difference.

Not only that, DeMbare also became the first team to win the Championship for the third consecutive year and by superior goal difference on each occasion.

Dynamos pipped FC Platinum in 2011, bettered Highlanders in similar fashion last year and yesterday edged Harare City to clinch their 20th title in dramatic fashion.

Dynamos son, Callisto Pasuwa effectively sealed his place in the Dynamos Hall of Fame after a riveting contest that was only decided with the sound of final whistles in three stadiums spread across the country’s two major cities.

DeMbare went into battle yesterday with the fate of the championship in the hands of Harare City, and their victory was made even more remarkable by the fact that it was their third straight league title that came by virtue of| superior goal difference.

In a season in which the Glamour Boys have cried out loud and clear of a conspiracy by referees against their cause, winning this championship in dramatic fashion will certainly make it taste even sweeter.

Harare City will wonder long and hard how they blew this one when the stage appeared to have been set for success they had even booked an after match title celebration party at Jazz 105.

Credit should of course be given to Dynamos’ bitter rivals, CAPS United for the way they raised the spirit of Fair Play a notch higher with a performance full of commitment at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

But in the end the championship always goes to the team that deserves it the most and this Glamour Boys side built their foundation for success on key good results against their main opposition – Highlanders, CAPS United and Harare City.

Like Manchester United, Dynamos now have 20 league titles and that is good company isn’t it?

A first half brace by striker Simba Sithole not only set the tone for Dynamos’ finest hour this season but also helped condemn Black Mambas to the less glamorous Division One League as they became the fourth team to be relegated from the Premiership.

There was no doubting, however, that the afternoon belonged to Pasuwa who overcame odds staked heavily against him to cruise to his third successive championship title and write his own piece of history.

Pasuwa, who struggled to hold back tears, paid tribute to his players for their determination and the Warriors assistant coach, a devout Christian of the Johanne Masowe we Chishanu sect, attributed their dramatic win to “the work of God’’.

“This is all God’s work . . . I had a lot of challenges in this championship race and from day one we were the team to beat because every team worked hard to try and beat us. There was a time when even some within our club didn’t trust what I said when I complained about the treatment we got from referees, especially in our away games and thought I was just offering excuses.

“But I want to thank God for all this because he had a special plan for us and this is not about my wisdom. I also want to thank all those who prayed for us and everyone who supported us.

“Some people questioned the character of this team and during the season we suffered a number of setbacks but I want to salute my players for remaining united and dedicated.

“There was a time when divisions had emerged in the first 10 games given that we failed to win our first five games but I sat them down and told them to unite and express their talents and once we regained our focus, the results started to come and here we are, we are champions again,’’ Pasuwa said.

Pasuwa also paid tribute to the Dynamos management for sticking by him when the pressured intensified with some section of the fans calling for the coach’s head.

“After our slow start to the season, there was pressure on the executive to fire the technical crew but the executive had trust in us and I am happy we have managed to repay them by winning the championship’’.

Interestingly the Dynamos leadership yesterday chose to dedicate this championship to Pasuwa whom they felt “deserved it more than anybody else at the club’’.

Club secretary-general Webster Chikengezha said his management was also basking in the glory of becoming the first DeMbare leadership to lead the Harare giants to three successive championship titles.

“We had a lot of pressure especially after the first seven games of the season. I am happy that today we have done it and we are the first executive to win the league three times in a row but more importantly would like to dedicate this title to our coach. He was under a lot of pressure but he has proven to be one of the best coaches we have in the country.

“We now want to ensure that we retain at least 90 percent of the players we have so that there is continuity and we won’t have to build another team for the 2014 season,’’ said Chikengezha.

Pasuwa’s third successive triumph also means that Dynamos, runners up in 1998 and semi-finalists in 2008, will take another crack at the Champions League where they have been struggling of late.

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  • Rutanhitanhi

    Ras Pasuwa true dynamos son never die spirit.

  • Mbanda

    Well done Dembare, I know in the celebration we mix with enemies but let’s not loose our focus. It’s not as easy as one might think, it’s hard working and the best our enemies can do is either to join us or try to work even harder. Thank you once more Pasuwa for the loyalty and dedication that has lasted this long.

  • Sekahurema

    Score line?

  • Denamo fan

    Makorokoto Dembare, mazviita zvekare

  • Rex

    Dembare kwakusere kwekumberi congratulations guys team iyi inondipasa manyemwe and we hope to do better in the African Safari.

  • time will tell

    kuti dembare ndiko kuti bhora

  • Nicholas Utaunashe Makumana

    congratulation Mr Pasuwa for your third consecutive win. I am CAPS United supported but i feel that Mr Pasuwa deserve the title due to his efforts, good lucky in the coming future.

  • johnso

    Congratulations DeMbare,thank u Caps Utd!!!

  • pretty

    Thanks to Caps, Harare City and Highlanders for giving Dynamos the league on a silver platter. Could it have been any easier I wonder? Can the Herald find out where else in the world a team has won three championships on the trot on goal difference just as a matter of interest. Well done Dynamos. Amhlophe athe nke.

  • Nyandoro

    Nikuvu baba! Inotora nyama pamuromo chaipo usati wamedza. Other teams try next time.

  • MANGWENDE WE CHINHOYI

    Being a fervent Dynamos son, I give all my credit to CAPS United first then to the Dynamos coach Pasuwa. I was very confident that CAPS were not going to be professional to the extent of giving away a game to Harare City to make sure that their rivals won’t take the title. I now believe in the CAPS coach T Mangwiro for he advised the nation that he was going to be professional and he has done just that. I earnestly wish him (Mangwiro) all the success during his whole professional career. Back home, Pasuwa you gave us great pride and I also believe it was the work of God the Almigfhty because I am one Dynamos son who was also affected terribly by some calculated and biased refereeing during some matches. I wish all the referees could take a leaf of
    professionalism from Mangwiro. Well done DeMbare. Next season please start on a
    very high note because this business of trying to capitalize on the penultimate
    games won’t take us far as we have learnt from the previous seasons.

  • nyashafarai

    zora

  • Command Center

    Not only that, DeMbare also became the first team to win the Championship for the third consecutive year………….????????
    I thought Highlanders won the same 4 times on the trot from 1998/1999 season………….

    • eddie

      dynamos won the championship for 3 seasons in a row via goal difference

    • temba

      Mfowethu, we are talking of the Castle League Premier Soccer League Championship,which began in 2011, and runs to this date, not the other championships like the super league etc. As for winning all time championships, yes Highlanders won it 4 times,1999-2002, in the same way Dynamos won between 1980 and 1983.

  • cde chaurura

    Bhora mughedhi!

  • Kepten Oxo

    Well done, Dynamos! Highlanders management gave the championship to Dembare on a silver platter by allowing their head coach to go for the UEFA B licence coaching course when the league race was approaching climax. How on earth could they do that? While there is absolutely nothing wrong with the coach furthering his qualifications, it is the timing that smacks of incompetence on the part of the admin. Surely, heads must roll at Highlanders. Someone in the admin is sleeping on duty. Once again, well done DeMbare.

    • kenny

      timing of coach education was poor and this really cost bosso

  • ziminvestors.com

    This is the mark of a true manager. well done. you are our own arsene wenger

    • vekare

      no no no no no he cannot be a wenger equal as wenger has not picked up a trophy since 2005. he has been picking cheques instead for selling players.

      • ziminvestors.com

        @vekare. wenger always lufs last.

  • Zimbo1

    Dembare makorokoto, motenda makepekepe, but ground redu kugomba kubva malines apera kudaro premier league games.