JOHANNESBURG - So the saga involving Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa and the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is now a thing of the past.
Reports say the rising mentor was given a two-year contract which is renewable but as in any employer/employee issues, the contract has also condition that the coach must deliver on his mandate.
And his bosses didn’t mince their words insisting that with the squad which he has; Pasuwa must gallop to the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals with ease.
In fact according to Zifa, few if any countries on the continent must compete with the Warriors.
Whatever amount the coach will earn monthly is none of our business but what we know for sure is that he must be a happy man because Zifa says he is one of the most well paid coaches on the continent.
He also received what Zimbabweans call good wheels, I suppose by local standards yes! So as far as his working tools are concerned, Pasuwa is sorted out.
He now needs to deliver and do so big time.
With the talent at our disposal especially this year, failure to reach Gabon 2017 will be catastrophic and unforgivable.
Captain Willard Katsande is having a time of his life, so is striker Khama Billiat and one Evans Rusike.
Katsande and Billiat have been receiving man-of-the-match awards almost every week and have completely dominated proceedings here in Mzansi.
Katsande has single-handedly helped Kaizer Chiefs’ aspirations of retaining the league title, shoring up the defence, holding up the midfield and scoring goals on a weekly basis.
In fact, Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela has made it clear that he does not fathom his side taking to field without the inspirational Zimbabwean.
Billiat on the other hand is playing like a possessed man and on Wednesday mesmerised the Orlando Pirates defence as Mamelodi Sundowns continued their total dominance of the Absa Premiership.
The diminutive striker is difficult to shake off the ball, is swift when in possession and his lethal finishing has Pitso Mosimane lavishing the striker with some superlatives.
“Khama is our Lionel Messi, he is the first player I put on any team sheet,” boasted Mosimane recently of his chief striker spearheading the strike force popularly known as CBD – standing for Castro (Leonardo), Billiat (Khama) and Dolly (Keagan). CBD has been terrorising the PSL defence with Billiat being the chief culprit.
It is from these two that Pasuwa must build his squad going forward although in players like Evans Rusike and Cuthbert Malajila, he has some potential match winners as well.
Thing is, for years many have wondered why Zimbabwe as a country has failed to live up to the top billing of its high-profile players but with the new regime correcting all the wrongs of the past, the country might have entered a new era in which it will occupy its rightful place.
Two wins against Swaziland in back-to-back matches must be enough to secure Zimbabwe a place in Gabon and Pasuwa knows with everything in place now, there is no room for failure.
He has some added pressure but we all know that the coaching job comes with tremendous pressure and it is how one copes with those responsibilities.