HARARE – Dynamos coach Calisto Pasuwa launched a furious tirade at his players during a team meeting at the club’s training ground yesterday, warning them that he will not tolerate any more performances like their last two outings.
Pasuwa – seemingly shaken by the team’s poor showing in their recent matches – spent more than 40 minutes after the morning workout session at their Zimphos training ground yesterday laying into his players, in an uncharacteristic outburst, following a lean spell at the Glamour Boys.
With the Castle Premiership season nearing the business end, DeMbare have failed to garner maximum points in their previous two matches, losing 4-2 to Hwange before settling for a goalless draw against Monomotapa last weekend.
The results put a severe dent in DeMbare's title defence while giving hope to the chasing teams in a fascinating marathon which, just like the last two editions, appears set to go to the wire.
“Dynamos is a big team and you should be used to play in front of big crowds all the time. Go out there and express what we practice here,” Pasuwa told his players.
“Some of you are afraid to make mistakes. But you have to take risks some times. As coaches, our task is to train you here and when in a game situation you fight for each other.
“Communication is the key when playing these games, from the goalkeeper right up to the strikers. When given an opportunity to start, you have to show your qualities to keep the jersey.”
Pasuwa told reporters soon after the team talk that his lecture was meant to psyche up his players.
“It’s confidence building. Some of these players are youngsters and are not used to lose by such bigger margins and we need to psyche them up. They are putting a lot of pressure on themselves before these matches.”
Turning to the Mbada Diamonds Cup, where Dynamos meet How Mine in the quarter-finals on Sunday, Pasuwa said DeMbare are aiming to win the country’s richest football competition for the third time in a row.
“Our attitude has been bad in approaching these so called small teams. It’s a mission. We want to get to the final but for now we are focusing on the quarter-final against How Mine,” he said.
“Against How Mine our approach need to be right. We had all the 30 players here at training. When we are approaching these cup games everybody tend to be fit and ready to play.
“The turnout was perfect and the attitude was alright. We hope they will continue with the same attitude for our next matches.”
The reigning Coach of the Year was also impressed by returning striker Simba Sithole, who trained with the team for the first time after penning a one-year deal with DeMbare this week. Sithole was released by South African club SuperSport United.
It was Sithole’s second homecoming at the club after arriving at the Glamour Boys at the same stage last season before helping them to a league and cup double.
“He trained well with the rest of the team and he is in for selection for weekend’s match,” said Pasuwa.