Pasuwa expels troublesome trio

BULAWAYO - Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa has expelled three players from his squad after they reported late for national duty to prepare for Sunday’s African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier against Lesotho.

Dynamos midfielder Ronald Chitiyo together with CAPS United’s utility player Hardlife Zvirekwi and defender Justice Jangano were all sent back to Harare yesterday morning.

With the Warriors taking on Lesotho at Barbourfields Stadium on Sunday, Pasuwa had hoped to have adequate time to work with his players but feels let down by the trio’s behaviour.

At the same time, the former Dynamos gaffer pardoned the Hwange duo of midfielder Pritchard Mpelele and goalkeeper Takabva Mawaya, who also arrived in camp on Tuesday evening.

Mpelele and Mawaya had communicated their delay with the Warriors technical team while the Harare-based trio were all incommunicado until they arrived at the team’s lodge.

“The preparations are going on very well,” Pasuwa said. “However, yesterday we had some players who were not around like Mpelele and (Takabva) Mawaya and they came in later.

“But we had three boys (Zvirekwi, Chitiyo and Jangano) from Harare who couldn’t pitch up in the afternoon again and I have since told them not to come again.”

Pasuwa was particularly incensed by Zvirekwi and Chitiyo before labelling them as serial truants, who are now setting a bad example to the younger players in the Warriors set up.

“If you call up a player like Hardlife Zvirekwi; I expect him to behave because he is one of the senior players. But then you cannot understand his attitude when he behaves this way,” said the Warriors coach.

“We called him on Monday. He was supposed to be here on Tuesday in the morning and he only arrived this morning (yesterday) and I had to tell him to go back home.

“If I can track their history back again, we called them when we were playing against Comoros, Chitiyo and Hardlife were the last ones to come.

“We called them for the Afcon and they were the last to arrive. You can see their attitude. It’s wrong for the junior players to see this; most of the players here are Under 23’s.

“We don’t need them to see such untoward behaviour from senior players. So we will leave them home until such a time that they want to play for the national team.”

After expelling the trio, Pasuwa has called up only CAPS United defender Stephen Makatuka as he feels he has enough cover in central midfield.

“In the central midfield we are okay. We have Tichaona Chipunza, Nqobizitha Masuku and Tafadzwa Kutinyu. We are covered,” he said.

“And on the offensive department we have Raphael Manuvire. Knox Mutizwa can also play in that area. But in defence, if Teenage does not recover well, we will have to call another defender to come and fill that gap.”

Yesterday’s training session saw captain Danny “Deco” Phiri and defender Teenage Hadebe sitting out as they are nursing knee injuries. The two were still being assessed by the team doctors.

Comments (3)

yaaaaa dicsipline is good baba weldone

zim1 - 15 October 2015

vapfanha ava vanodada nei ivo vachinhuwa weti vakuwonererwa vakufuunga vavemavet bastaed kick them out zimbabwe will never be a colony again

chimanimani champion - 15 October 2015

In reality akadzingwa ndiZvirekwi chete,we know u ex-Dymbware coaches,mhata yamai vako Pasuwa.Discipline yei apa mishonga yako nyawandisa

vilbram avril - 15 October 2015

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