By Brian Nkiwane and Albert Marufu
HARARE giants Dynamos’ bid to lure back Sunday Chidzambwa hit a snag after the coach opted to stay at his South African club resulting in the executive turning to Zambian coach Keegan Mumba.
The Dynamos executive had been hunting for a coach following the collapse of contract negotiations with championship winning coach Callisto Pasuwa. Pasuwa’s contract expires this Saturday and the executive had turned to the club’s most successful mentor Chidzambwa, but the gaffer snubbed the offer.
“The first person we thought of when negotiations with Pasuwa broke down was Chidzambwa. However, the coach told us that he couldn’t come back home as he had other commitments at Black Leopards in South Africa,” said the source.
Chidzambwa took Dynamos to the finals of the CAF Champions League in 1998 losing to Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast.
Dynamos chairman Keni Mubaiwa could neither confirm nor deny the team’s plans of bringing back Chidzambwa saying they have targeted a number of coaches and some of whom had been very successful with the club.
“We are going to advertise for the vacant post as soon as Pasuwa’s contract expires. Pasuwa had initially asked for US$12 000, but went down to US$6 000. As a club we offered him US$3 000, and he could not be moved.
“He is forgetting that he works with four assistants who are entitled to 75% of the head coach’s salary. This will bring the total budget, for the technical staff only, to US$24 0000 before talking of the players’ salaries.
“Our main sponsor BancABC only offers US$13 000 per month meant for salaries, which means the club has to source the remainder,” Mubaiwa said. Pasuwa could not be reached for comment as his mobile phone went unanswered. Zimbabwe Standard