Pasuwa slams Zifa

HARARE - Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa has slammed Zifa for the chaos which has rocked his side’s preparations for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier away to Malawi.

Due to poor planning at the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa), the Warriors squad for the weekend’s match was only released on Tuesday with training only starting yesterday.

Pasuwa was at loggerheads with Zifa due to his outstanding salaries and only agreed to name his squad after the intervention of Sports Minister Andrew Langa.

The Warriors were scheduled to start their training session at Rufaro Stadium at 10am but Pasuwa had to wait at the venue for over two hours for the squad to arrive.

Only two players, Khama Billiat and Cuthbert Malajila had arrived in time for the training session to start.

The rest of the squad were holed up at a local hotel as Zifa had not organised a bus to ferry them to the stadium.

Eventually, the rest of the squad members arrived after the Benza brothers bailed out Zifa by providing the association with a luxury coach from their Herentals College which ferried the players.

Pasuwa finally took charge of his first training session with the squad that is scheduled to fly out to Malawi this afternoon.

After the light workout, the former Dynamos coach was not impressed by Zifa’s poor organisation skills which have left him with less than three days to prepare for such a crucial qualifier.

“I have been preaching almost every day that is the preparation that counts most; if you prepare well you get a positive result but here we have a tendency of grinding result without having preparations,” he said.

“This is not good for Zimbabwean football. We have to change our attitude and prepare well for our national team assignments.

“Lack of preparations is a big challenge to us but as I said we have to work with what we have and we will try to have plan B for us to come with a positive result.”

These poor preparations have left Pasuwa with a squad without desirable fitness levels.

“I’m worried with the fitness of my players; some of them like the foreign based players last played two months,” he said.

“The others last played some two weeks ago, so we are trying to manage these boys so that we go out there and get a result.”

Of the 19 players Pasuwa had called up, only Nyasha Mushekwi had pulled out of the trip due to injury while Matthew Rusike had not yet showed up.  

“I’m happy that everyone is now in camp except of Nyasha Mushekwi and Mathew Rusike,” he said.

“Mushekwi phoned me saying he is injured while for Rusike I heard he is in the country and we are still expecting him to come and if he fails we are going to take Silas Songani I heard he is also in the country.”

Squad in camp: Bernard Donovan, Tatenda Mukuruva, Blessing Moyo, Patson Jaure, Eric Chipeta, Teenage Hadebe, Justin Jangano, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Danny Phiri, Willard Katsande, Gerald Takwara, Wisdom Mutasa, Khama Billiat, Kudakwashe Mahachi, Marvelous Nakamba, Knowledge Musona, Cuthbert Malajila.

Comments (5)

good luck with the poisoned chalice Pasuwa

Ndini inini - 11 June 2015

Guys i wish you good lucky enjoy your best football.i know you can do it,but the win will be the best and the draw will be fair as you know its away from home.ounce again i say good lucky make us proud.

Herbert mudhumiso - 11 June 2015

What it shows is that the people employed at ZIFA are not full-time people who can spend time organising this sport and they should never be part of football management in the first place. Lets share ideas Zimbabwean. What do we do to make sure we have the right people at ZIFA?

Ziziharinanyanga - 11 June 2015

Since independence Zifa has never been led by a person not attached to ZANUPF. With ZANUPF success is like chasing the horizon.

El-Dodo - 12 June 2015

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