UNDER FIRE Power Dynamos coach Gaston Mutobo was on Saturday separated from a physical confrontation with a group of supporters.
But he has since asked God to forgive the club supporters calling for his departure from the misfiring club.
Power has had numerous challenges and has so far changed three coaches in a short space of time but results are not forthcoming leading to supporters calling for an overhaul of the club management.
On Saturday, supporters waved banners baying for the blood of the executive committee and Mutobo before, during and after the team’s 1-1 home draw with Buildcon FC.
Cameroonian Christian Ntouba gave Power some hope when he poked home the opener minutes after the start of the second half but Buildcon responded through Eric Kabulo to level matters and the stadium erupted with ‘we want change’ chants.
The result left Power, the six time Zambian champions in 15th position on the league table with a paltry eight points after nine games.
After the game with dejection written all around Arthur Davies stadium, fans had gathered around outside of the VVIP arena when Mutobo who stood aloof after a brief chat with former international Laughter Chilembe heard a supporter calling him a ‘failure who quarrels with his assistants’.
The Congolese-born coach lost his cool, confronted the supporters who were on the opposite side of burglar doors that separates the main VVIP arena to the bar where majority of supporters were having drinks.
He extended his hand through the burglars trying to grab the vocal supporter who did not also back down and a bitter exchange ensued amidst pulling and tugging but known Power supporters’ executive member Tresphore Mukuka, first assistant coach George Chilufya and Mukuka’s colleagues quickly pulled Mutobo away and led him to the waiting team bus while advising him never to answer to angry supporters.
“Pressure is something which we cannot understand it’s like we are playing…I don’t know the supporters…I don’t even know how to qualify them that is another problem, you know the team comes, they are just warming up, they start already to insult players. I don’t know what they want. Players are not following what the supporters are saying. I don’t know what supporters want, they cannot even express themselves, I don’t know what they want,” Mutobo said. “As at now, we cannot talk about pressure, the race is still on, we cannot talk about pressure. We are not under pressure. We are fighting to get out of where we are, it’s not easy. We don’t know if a supporter can just come to say that MD, managing director we are giving you 48 hours to dissolve the executive, I don’t know what kind of supporters they are.”
Asked what he made of supporters asking him to quit, Mutobo retorted: “To quit where? What is the job that they want?”
When reminded that they wanted results, he said: “May God forgive them” and walked away.
In Mufulira, Wanderers supporters pelted the Green Eagles team bus after the visitors came from behind to win 2-1 to compound Wanderers’ woes.
NAPSA Stars went second on the table after humiliating KYSA 3-0 in Lusaka.