Pasuwa hailed for Warriors win

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe national team players have hailed Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa for grinding a win against Malawi despite financial troubles which engulfed their preparations.

On Saturday, Pasuwa’s charges put aside their off field problems to stun Malawi 2-1 in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers Group L match at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

Throughout the past week, the Warriors camp was rocked by a serious crisis as players refused to board Thursday’s flight to Malawi.

The players were demanding their allowances and matches fees in advance, arguing that Zifa had in the past failed to fulfil their promises regarding payments.

Zimbabwe finally left for Malawi aboard a Munorurama coach shortly before midday on Friday after Walter Magaya, the leader of the Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministries, agreed to pay the players.

The team only arrived in Malawi at midnight on the same day just a few hours before kick-off.

Prior to Thursday’s drama, Pasuwa had refused to announce the squad for the tie as he had not been paid any money by the Zifa since his appointment on an interim basis last year.

Pasuwa agreed to announce the team after the intervention of Sports minister Andrew Langa on Tuesday.

Former Warriors captain Ephraim Chawanda took to Facebook and wrote: “I take off my hat to coach Calisto Pasuwa, I salute all the boys who represented us against Malawi. I say it’s a good start to the Afcon qualifiers.

“I applaud the efforts of the holy man (Magaya) for funding the trip as I am informed, and I shame the powers be for dragging our football organisation into the trenches.”

Former Warriors defender George Bwando also wrote on his Facebook page: “Well done Mana (Pasuwa), you are not one of the best coaches in Zimbabwe . ..but you are the Best!!!”

Another former Warriors player Alouis Bunjira urged all Zimbabweans to unite in support of the Warriors.

“Well done to Calisto Pasuwa and his technical team,” Bunjira also wrote on his Facebook page.

“Well done to the Zimbabwe Warriors yesterday for the gallant fighting spirit, beating Malawi 2-1.

“Against all odds they overcame the fatigue that affected them in the first to dish out a gutsy performance in the second half.

“One can only imagine what we could have witnessed if the team had managed to adequate preparations and better travelling arrangements. Now, I think it is time for the whole nation to unite and support these boys.

“Let us let the councillors deal with Zifa while the rest of us focus on backing the Warriors. Even a dollar from you the passionate fan, will go a long in helping us realise our 2017 Afcon dream...That is my passion plea...Go Warriors go....Afcon 2017..My dream, Your Dream.”

Comments (2)

It was one of those moments that automatically makes you extremely happy considering all the the troubles that surrounded the warriors.Phew,words can never be enough to explain how proud the our warriors made us

slow poison - 16 June 2015

well done my zimbabwe

60-40 - 16 June 2015

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