Warriors at crossroads

HARARE - The aftermath of Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa’s resignation once again threatens to be both toxic and prolonged for the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).

After having already announced he was leaving his post, Pasuwa handed in his resignation yesterday after the Young Warriors’ second leg against South Africa in the African Under-23 Championship final qualifier last weekend.

The 44-year-old coach endured a torrid 12-month period as both the Warriors and Young Warriors coach as he did not receive any of his salaries.

Even assurances made by the ministry of Sports that the former Dynamos coach would get his outstanding dues failed to materialise.

Pasuwa leaves both the Warriors and the Young Warriors in a spot of bother due to the groundwork he had done.

The Young Warriors had qualified for the African Games to be held in Congo Brazzaville next month while the Warriors had started their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group L campaign with a win over Malawi.

The Young Warriors need to start their preparations in earnest for the African Games but the team is without a coach at the moment.

The Warriors also need to prepare for Guinea’s visit to Harare in September for the second game in Group L.    

Although there are many local coaches who can takeover both posts, it will be difficult for any right-thinking person to step into the hot seat due to the way Zifa has treated their previous coaches.

“I think when Pasuwa was appointed, everyone knew he was the right candidate and he never disappointed, unfortunately it’s his employers who have disappointed more than anything else,” said Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association president Bhekhi Nyoni.

“One cannot blame Pasuwa really. He is human after all just like anyone else in this country. There is no way one can work under such hard conditions. It was difficult for him.

“It’s going to be a disaster to all the coming campaigns. It appears people at Zifa are not even concerned about the national teams.

“They have not even attached importance to the national cause. For them it’s just a matter of participating.

“Whether the team has qualified or not it’s something else and with the way things are going, you only wonder. There is no development to talk about. I think it’s high time they admit that they have failed and should just step down to save our football.”

Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association president Eddie Chivero said the situation with Pasuwa shows the Zifa board has failed and it’s only a matter of time before they are booted out.

“The problem is we are dealing with selfish people who don’t want to see Zimbabwean football succeed,” Chivero said.

“How do you explain it? We have got a good coach and they are failing to give him his allowances. They are treating him like a school child. For Pasuwa, it was the only way left, because remember he is also a family man.

“This is the best way for him because he can’t keep on like that. Why treat him like a foreigner?

“The most embarrassing thing is they don’t want to talk to him. They have let us expelled from the World Cup and they are not even apologetic.

“As far as we are concerned as fans, Dube is the outgoing Zifa president because we are just waiting for the October meeting for him to be shown the exit door.”

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