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Afcon report to decide Pasuwa fate

02/02/2017 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
Zimbabwe Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa

ZIFA vice president Omega Sibanda says Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa's fate will be decided by the report he will submit to the soccer controlling body.

Pasuwa guided Zimbabwe to the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals in Gabon but watched helplessly as the Warriors were sent packing at the group stage following an embarrassing 4-2 defeat to Tunisia in their final group match.

They bowed out without a win - the first group of players to return with just a point since the Warriors first participated at the Tunisia tournament in Tunisia in 2004 under Sunday Chidzambwa. And this has thrown Pasuwa’s future as Warriors coach under the spot light.

Sibanda who is also a member of the Zifa High Performance Committee said they had asked Pasuwa to submit a report on the team's performance at the tournament which will guide them on the way forward.

"We have asked the coach to submit a report on the team's performance,” said Sibanda.

“As the head of delegation, I have also written my report on what transpired and the Zifa executive committee will then meet to discuss the reports and decide on the way forward.

“For now, this is what I can just say."

Pasuwa's deal with Zifa runs out this week and, according to the contract, it is subject to renewal.

Pasuwa's Class of 2017 has emerged the worst since Zimbabwe appeared at the African Nations Cup finals for the first time in Tunisia in 2004 as it crashed out of the tournament without a win.

At the Tunisia finals, the Warriors, then under Sunday Chidzambwa managed a 2-1 victory over Algeria before defeating a then World Cup bound Ghana in Egypt in 2006 under the guidance of Charles Mhlauri.

And their third appearance at the continental showpiece came to a premature end following the defeat to Tunisia, meaning the Zimbabweans managed just a single point from their three Group B games in Gabon after a 2-2 draw against Algeria in the opening match.

The Warriors coach came under a barrage of criticism over his team selection and tactics. But he has also had numerous personal battles in the job, most notably going for as many as nine months without being paid by ZIFA.

The 46-year-old oversaw the Warriors’ successful AFCON 2017 qualification campaign following his appointment two years ago, after leading local giants Dynamos on a majestic run of four league titles in a row.


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