Pasuwa demands apology

HARARE - National football team coach, Calisto Pasuwa has demanded an apology from the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) for tarnishing his name before he can accept being reinstated, throwing 2016 African Nations Championships (Chan) preparations into further turmoil.

The newly-elected Zifa board led by acting president Omega Sibanda, last week brew a shocker when they sacked Pasuwa and his entire backroom staff just days before the start of the Chan finals in Rwanda following an alleged altercation.

Zifa reversed their decision on Saturday after Sport and Recreation minister Makhosini Hlongwane implored the football association to reverse their decision.

There was also growing pressure from the public, who were demanding Pasuwa’s reinstatement and Zifa eventually heed the call.

But Pasuwa’s manager Gibson Mahachi yesterday came out guns blazing insisting that the football association is taking his client for granted and owes him a public apology.

Mahachi said Pasuwa is not happy with how the association went around tarnishing his otherwise good name to suit their unknown interests.

“We are talking to these guys to make a public apology for what they did. We are talking of a national issue here and the public needs to know the truth,” Mahachi told Daily News yesterday.

“They need to tell the nation the truth on why they fired Pasuwa in the first place. So we are saying if they really want to re-engage him, they must  explain what really transpired and what has changed now.

“It appears these guys are taking Pasuwa for granted just because he is not employed elsewhere. It’s high time they start respecting our national coaches. He is working for nothing and they are now abusing him. Why?

“They tarnish his (Pasuwa) image and mine as well and to people it appears we are crooks or greedy people. That’s why we are saying there is need for these guys to apologise to Pasuwa and tell the nation the truth on what really transpired.

“People need to know the truth, remember we are all human beings and we have feelings. I don’t think it’s good to be toying round with other people like that.

“They need to apologise first before Pasuwa can resume his duties. You can’t be lying to the nation like that.”

Mahachi also explained allegations that he is manager to 16 players in the current Chan provisional squad.

“Imagine people going as far as telling the nation that I have 16 players in the Chan squad. To set the record straight, I only have Tatenda Mukuruva, Gerald Takwara, Brian Muzondiwa and Knox Mutizwa in that squad,” added Mahachi.

“So, there is need to tell the nation why they fired Pasuwa in the first place and why they are taking him back what has changed now,” queried Mahachi.

At the time of going to print last night, Mahachi and Zifa members were still locked in a meeting to seek common ground.

The Warriors, who were seeded due to their previous good performances at the competition, are in Group D where they will face Zambia, Mali and Uganda and were due to resume their preparations today.

All Group D matches will be played at the Rubavu Stadium in Gisenyi .

The Warriors, who have qualified for all the previous three Chan competitions, finished in fourth place at the last edition held in South Africa.

Zimbabwe lost on penalties to eventual winners Libya after reaching the semi-finals.

The Warriors, who were then under the guidance of Ian Gorowa, went on to lose the bronze medal play-off match to Nigeria.

The Chan is a tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.

The first edition was held in 2009 in Ivory Coast with DR Congo emerging as champions.

The second edition was held in 2011 in Sudan where Tunisia emerged as winners whilst Libya won the third edition in South Africa last year.

Comments (5)

money is not everything chinyangwa anofanirwa kuziva izvi .that is the downfall of football in zimbabwe. the concillors votted chinyangwa becoz of curption greedy of money not becoz they wanted to vote him . but anywhere nature will tell sorry for soccar squard they have reached maximum height they are going to go down.

moises - 21 December 2015

why zimbabwean soccer always have problems? do we need a coach from mars. pasuwa really ned an appology. they have tarnished his name. zifa doesnt have money to sponsor the trip to rwanda. explanations plz

kunzvi - 21 December 2015

Pihwa aporoji yakakwana Pasuwa cozune mukadzi nevana.ende Chiyangwa akakudzikisira zvisingaite kumhuri yako nenyika yose.No apology no bhora.

Apologizer Zvipere - 21 December 2015

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