The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

IT has been 15 years since Lloyd Mutasa be­gan his coach­ing ca­reer, when he was ap­pointed player- co- coach to­gether with Joe Mu­gabe at Sport­ing Lions in the sec­ond half of the 2002 sea­son. Their task was to save the club from rel­e­ga­tion.

Three months down the line, Mu­gabe lef t for t he United King­dom and Mutasa be­came the head coach as­sisted by Cal­listo Pa­suwa in a set-up that also in­cluded Masimba Dinyero as the man­ager.

They saved Sport­ing Lions from rel­e­ga­tion, via play- offs.

Af­ter a coach­ing a num­ber of clubs, Mutasa sur­faced at Dy­namos in 2011, tasked with re­build­ing from scratch, the Glam­our Boys.

That he did and watched Dy­namos play one of their best games de­mol­ish­ing US Al­gier of Al­ge­ria 4-1 at Ru­faro.

Pa­suwa was to ben­e­fit from Mutasa’s strong foun­da­tion and bagged four con­sec­u­tive league ti­tles.

Mutasa set an­other good foun­da­tion at FC Plat­inum.

Now, back in the DeMbare trenches, Mutasa — who was re­tained for the job as a last re­sort this sea­son — was not ex­pected to suc­ceed.

Be­cause, just like in 2011, he had to build from scratch us­ing rook­ies and re­ha­bil­i­tants — the un­known and the re­jected.

Two thirds into the sea­son, Mutasa is now in a strong po­si­tion to fi­nally be­come a cham­pion.

He needs no favours from any­one be­cause his fate is in his hands — not from the ref­er­ees, other clubs, ZIFA or the PSL.

Mutasa’s jour­ney started 15 years ago and all that we are see­ing now is a cul­mi­na­tion of more than a decade of hard work filled with frus­tra­tions, sleep­less nights, anx­i­ety and some­times doubt­ing his abil­i­ties.

It is un­for­tu­nate that af­ter such good work by the coaches, the Dy­namos ex­ec­u­tive chose to taint it through an in­sane and un­jus­ti­fi­able com­plaint.

How on earth do you ask for re­ver­sal of a red card is­sued to a player for head-butting an op­po­nent?

What mes­sage are you send­ing to your play­ers and the foot­ball fam­ily at large?

In­stead, shouldn’t you be tak­ing fur­ther ac­tion on the cul­prit, no mat­ter how good he is, to dis­cour­age oth­ers from such acts of vi­o­lence?

Let’s not for­get that the Dy­namos president is the cur­rent PSL chair­man.

That au­to­mat­i­cally makes him the cus­to­dian of our top-flight foot­ball rules and an in­ter­ested party to ev­ery­thing con­cern­ing his team.

What busi­ness are you do­ing try­ing to try and se­cure un­holy foot­ball de­ci­sions?

This beau­ti­ful game has laid down rules which are very clear and straight for­ward and should be fol­lowed to the let­ter.

With­out that you com­pro­mise your­self, your po­si­tion, your club and foot­ball at large.

Just imag­ine how you are go­ing to un­coil your­self from the com­plex­i­ties you have put your­self in/

You were be­gin­ning to gain peo­ple’s trust and sup­port and please don’t let your sec­re­tary-gen­eral who wrote that let­ter, what­ever his name, not to spoil it for you and for Mutasa’s sake.

If a ref­eree errs there are clear chan­nels for his rep­ri­mand and sanc­tion­ing.

And ZIFA are the cus­to­di­ans of all foot­ball ref­er­ees in this coun­try and the cus­to­di­ans of the game it­self.

They are the be-all-and- end-all, the buck starts and stops with them.

ZIFA president Philip Chiyangwa is not only the Zim­bab­wean foot­ball leader but he is also the re­gional foot­ball leader and, judg­ing by events in the game on the con­ti­nent, the next CAF president.

He has mas­sive in­flu­ence in world foot­ball, through his close links with FIFA boss Gianni In­fantino, and every word he says res­onates across the world.

He shouldn’t be pushed to say or make de­ci­sions that will not re­flect well on his in­ter­na­tional pro­file, in gen­eral, and the game’s in­ter­ests, in par­tic­u­lar, by some crazy Dy­namos sec­re­tary-gen­eral or what­ever through some queer ap­peal.

He is build­ing a legacy that he needs to guard jeal­ously.

The world to­day is talking about Chiyangwa, be­cause he is the one with the pro­file, not the Dy­namos sec­re­tary- gen­eral who wrote that funny ap­peal be­cause he isn’t known in in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

Please, Mr ZIFA president, you have done well for us and don’t let any­one spoil it for you and don’t spoil it for Mutasa, ei­ther, and I am say­ing this as a Dy­namos fan.

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