'Letting Pagels go a mistake'

HARARE – A respected Malawian journalist believes Zimbabwe is losing the plot by letting national football team coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels go.

After watching an experimental locally-based Warriors outplay the more experienced Malawian outfit for a sustained period of the Cosafa Cup semifinal in Zambia on Saturday, Blantyre-based scribe Peter Kanjere described Zimbabwe’s reluctance to tie down the 63-year-old German national to a long-term deal as “shocking.”

Zimbabwe sunk the Flames 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after the match was drawn one all in regulation time in Lusaka at the weekend.

But Pagels, who took over as Warriors coach on interim basis in February, is set to leave his post and return to his native Germany after Zifa failed to offer him a permanent contract at the end of his short term.

“I couldn’t believe watching your wet-behind-the ears boys teasing and tormenting an experienced Flames, playing tiki-taka, stringing 20 uninterrupted passes…and to learn that you are letting go that man, who is making you play genuine football, is shocking to say the least,” an impressed Kanjere told the Daily News.

“It’s a reminder that we are indeed in Africa, of course Malawi dominated the second half, but you guys deserved to win. I have watched the Warriors for too long and I have never seen you play so organised.”

Comments (11)

I strongly agree with Peter Kanjere the Warriors pose was outstanding they played a very good passing game. The match was so enjoyable, the local based player stringed 1-2 passes that showed that the coach knows what he is doing. It is sad that ZIFA and its advisers are letting go such a coach who is nurturing the young guys with the skills of classic football that is so intertaining. The only area that needs improving is the finishing or to urge the youngsters to be goal hungry otherwise the Warriors enlivened my Sunday afternoon though ZBC failed to bring the match live and we had to look for alternatives to watch the match live.

Samuel Rati - 16 July 2013

to be honest even though we lost our world cup qualifiers we are playing organised football and with Pagels living we will go back to the Bhora mberi policy Zifa wake up............

Pamberi - 16 July 2013

i agree , i think we should keep this guy , i think we played a good game against Malawi and we can do even better if we give Pagels time


am not sure if pagels is the right man for the job.i feel he plays players out of positions,his criteria of choosing players is very unpredictable n for us then to conclude he is the best man jus becoz a malawian journo has said so is appalling.at national team there is no time for experiments.Pajero ngaaende achazodzoka hake sezvinongoita wo mamwe ma coach

ndn - 16 July 2013

Of all the coaches that talked of rebuilding we have seen real re-building taking place under Pagels, using fresh and success-hungry players. Forgive ZIFA, they do not know what they are doing!!

Semhalo - 16 July 2013

Pagels should have never been left to go because the soccer that was now being played showed a lot of promise. The fruits would have been seen in 3-4 years. The coach deserved the support of everyone but chonetsa ndechokuti people are only saving their own interests not those of national football.

Francis - 16 July 2013

Pagels must stay what i saw on sunday is real football.ZIFA can`t u see what the man is doin,who do u think can manage the rebuilding more wat he is doing.if your option is for one of our local coaches ngatikanganwei nezvebhora

jabulani - 17 July 2013

ne ZIFA yedu inenge ZanuPF zvakanaka havadi.

wamaromo - 18 July 2013

Who respect this Kanjera? If his quote is anything go by in this article, then this dude is rookie when it comes to soccer. Let Pagels go. He should never have go this job in the 1st place. Only our local coaches will take us far, these foreign coaches are rejects in their countries.

Qiniso - 18 July 2013

playing too beautifully without the main object "goals" is useless. The guy and his loyd Mutasa vanopererwa. When you are one up like the game reMalawi, you need to continually instruct the anchorman "Devon" and others to stubbornly shield and protect the ball and remove the costly Sibanda. Instruct the lone Terrier -Ndoro upfront to also stubbornly shield the ball and minimize square passes in the last third. But what does the coach do?, watches cluelessely to the proceedings till Malawi encroaches our defensive 3rd to score in last minuets. Useless and clueless coaches. Ndopataida Mhofu apa. Cherozvodini taiziva kuti taivhara mvura. Kwete matakanana aya. Kudakuzofundira coaching kuZimbabwe.

gulalikabili - 19 July 2013

Ichokwadi Samuel.Pagels is doing a splendid job for the warriors and i hope that VaDube vari kuonawo.Its very rare to find a man of this type as he is endowed with the ability to ready the game.

nyasha - 20 July 2013

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