Pasuwa digs in

HARARE - Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) yesterday issued a vague statement disguised as an apology to national team coach Calisto Pasuwa which his manager Gibson Mahachi described as not “sincere”.

Pasuwa had demanded an apology from Zifa for tarnishing his otherwise good name before he can accept being reinstated as the Warriors coach.

This came after the newly-elected Zifa board led by acting president Omega Sibanda, last week brew a shocker by sacking Pasuwa and his entire backroom staff just days before the start of the 2016 African Nations Championships (Chan) finals in Rwanda following an alleged altercation.

Zifa later on reversed their decision following public outcry and directive from the minister of Sports and Recreation Makhosini Hlongwane to reinstate Pasuwa.

But before Pasuwa could be reinstated, Mahachi said the association needed to apologise first and “tell the nation the truth.”

At last week’s press conference, Sibanda, among other things had accused Pasuwa to be working in cahoots with Mahachi to select players managed by the latter into the national team for marketing purposes.

Sibanda even claimed Mahachi had 16 players in the Warriors training squad for the 2016 African Nations Championships (Chan) finals, however, it eventually turned out to be lies after it emerged that the player agent only manages four players on the roster.

It is against this background that Zifa was forced to make a public apology for the emotional damage they caused to the coach and his manager.

But in a press statement released yesterday, pride appears to be getting the better of the football association.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association would like to unreservedly apologise  to members of the football fraternity, members of the Zifa congress, players, Coach Calisto Pasuwa, his manager Gibson Mahachi, the Warriors technical team, members of the media and all interested stakeholders for the unfortunate disturbances that characterised the senior national team’s African Nations Championship (Chan) preparations.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association Executive committee would like to reaffirm its commitment to service the beautiful game of football in its entirety in line with the mandate bestowed to us by the Zifa congress.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association Executive committee also resolved that Coach Calisto Pasuwa be given a contract of employment as soon as possible.”

But Mahachi, however, said they never received any communication to that effect “a true sign that the association is not serious about the whole issue at hand.”

Mahachi said they want the association to use the same channel they used when they tarnished Pasuwa’s name in apologising so that it will bear the prominence it deserves.

“We have not received anything yet. They never phoned us or sent any document to that effect; I’m actually getting it from you. We thought they would do the honourable thing of calling for a press conference and set the record straight,” Mahachi told the Daily News yesterday.

“Is it not the same way they used to tarnish Pasuwa’s name? The coach’s integrity is at risk and no one should take that lightly. They need to restore his integrity in a manner that is acceptable by everyone.

“This apology should be seen by the public and it’s not supposed to be a secret. We demanded the apology in public and they must do the same. You should apologise to everybody that you misinformed.”

Comments (2)

This Fidza character is going to be a thorn in the flesh for football in Zimbabawe. When are people ever going to learn that zanu ane its affiliates are just phonies

Realist - 23 December 2015

The circus has began and it comes in series, so that you are thrilled by its devastating and killing effects. Rest In Peace Zimbabwean Football.

Mukanya - 23 December 2015

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