Dynamos go into the second round, second leg of the match hoping for a Houdini act at Rufaro this afternoon as they seek to overturn a 6-0 drubbing suffered in the reverse fixture two weeks ago.
Dynamos have to score at least seven goals without conceding to progress to the mini-league phase of the competition.
History is also weighing heavily against Pasuwa as no team has managed to overturn such a score line in the competition’s 40-year history.
What makes today’s task mission impossible is not only the goal deficit, but lack of depth in the Dynamos camp as the coach has a limited pool from which to select a team for the match.
Pasuwa revealed to Standardsport that he was unsure of his future owing to the Tunisian nightmare.
“It is unfortunate that when we have results like this 6-0 score line in the first leg of the competition, all the blame is heaped on the coach. This is what is happening to me at the moment,” he said.
“People expect results but I do not have the players. Today I only have 17 players to choose from as some are injured while others are suspended. Takesure Chinyama is out through injury, Tinei Chitora has gone AWOL (absent without official leave) while the Zambians, Arthur Kasoleki and Derrick Kabwe are still to get work permits.”
Asked about the delays in the Zambians getting the work permits, Pasuwa blamed the politics at the club.
“There is too much politics at the club. I am also not happy with the high number of games that we are playing as this results in many injuries to the players. It is going to be a difficult game, but you never know with football,” he said.
Meanwhile, the two Zambians got their work permits yesterday and are now available for selection.
However, sources close to the club have revealed that the club’s executive is divided over the coach’s future with some calling for his head.
Chairman Keni Mubaiwa, however, refuted the reports insisting that their focus was on today’s match. He said the challenge was to come up with incentives for the players.
“We have never discussed the coach’s future. In any case we are looking forward to a win and the players should be aware of that,” he said.
Meanwhile Esperance coach Decastel Michel yesterday said his players would struggle to play in the artificial turf at Rufaro.