Pasuwa divides Zifa

HARARE - Zimbabwe Football Association is divided over the appointment of Calisto Pasuwa as the substantive Warriors coach.

The Zifa High Performance Committee (ZHPC) is meeting today to discuss the appointment of various national team coaches.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze have been accused by some members of the Zifa board for endorsing Pasuwa’s appointment without the input of their peers and the ZHPC.

Dube and Mashingaidze, who have fallen out with most of the board members, had given Pasuwa the Warriors job on a silver platter just like what they have done in many football related matters over the last months.

The Daily News understands that the former Dynamos coach had already been presented with a draft contract by two Zifa officials.

“We wonder why Dube and Mashingaidze are forcing Pasuwa down our throat,” a ZHPC member told the Daily News yesterday.

“Yes, Pasuwa is a good coach and we feel that what these two gentlemen are doing is destroying this talented young man.

“We have the Cosafa Cup, African Games, 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers, 2017 Afcon and Chan qualifiers all coming up in the next few months.

“If we give Pasuwa all this responsibility like what Dube and Mashingaidze are doing, it will destroy the young man. The work load would be just too much. 

“There are many more coaches in Zimbabwe like Taurai Mangwiro, Saul Chaminuka, Moses Chunga and Misheck Chidzambwa, who are all capable of handling some of these assignments.”

Another Zifa board member said: “We have been reading a lot of things in the press about the national team coach appointment but to tell you the truth, we are in the dark.

“It seems Dube and Mashingaidze have taken it upon themselves to appoint Pasuwa without follow the necessary structures.”

Zifa’s board member for development John Phiri, who heads the ZHPC, could neither deny nor confirm Pasuwa’s appointment.

“All the information you want to know regarding the appointment of the coach will only be available tomorrow,” Phiri said.

“There are several applications which we need to look into. Of course Pasuwa is amongst those who have applied for the job. But for now there is nothing concrete to talk about.

“The ZHPC will meet tomorrow (today) to deliberate on those who qualifies for the job. The full technical team will then be announced afterwards.”

After deliberating on the various coaches, who have applied for the vacant posts with Zifa, the ZPHC will make their recommendations to the board.

The Zifa board will then rubberstamp those recommendations but like what has been happening recently, Dube and Mashingaidze are likely to flex their muscle to ensure their ‘candidate’ Pasuwa is appointed both substantive Young Warriors and Warriors coach.

Pasuwa, who led the Young Warriors to a place at this year’s African Games in Congo Brazzaville, was appointed as Under-23 coach last year after the disbandment of the Warriors.

Since he is out of work since quitting DeMbare at the end of last year after leading the Glamour Boys to four consecutive league titles, Dube and Mashingaidze view him as a cheap option.

Comments (3)

"Dube and Mashingaidze view him as a cheap option". Cry my beloved country How can a country endowed with vast mineral resources make such an important appointment based on one being cheap. All along l thot Pasuwa's appointment was based on merit. I hope he too was thinking the same but now that it now in the public domain l think he should reconsider this with a view of declining this appoitnment if he is a principled man

goodlife - 29 April 2015

Dibango Gorowa has a lot on offer but the challenge we are facing is poor adminstration. Given the magnitude of Nations Cup we are behind in our preparation.

tumirai - 29 April 2015

i think zifa should give chance to Moses Chunga to lead the warriors the man has vast experience the only problem is about his education but i believe this uneducated man can take zimbabwe to the promised land of competitive football.Moreso alternatively Sunday Marimo Chidzambwa is now back in the fold we can give him another chance to lead the worriors

CAKE - 7 May 2015

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