AFTER the Warriors bombed out of African Nations Championships (Chan) finals on Saturday, the Zifa Board will meet next month to review the performance of Coach Kalisto Pasuwa and decide whether he should continue in his job.
The Warriors lost 1-0 to Zambia in the opening match last Tuesday and had to beat Mali at the best, or at least secure a draw, to stay in the finals, but lost 1-0 on Saturday.
The last group match is against Uganda.
With Pasuwa and his management at loggerheads with the new Zifa board led by Phillip Chiyangwa over a long term contract, some members of the board believe the Warriors’ losses in Rwanda have played right into their laps.
Zifa board member development and the chairman of the high performance committee in charge of all national teams, Edzai Kasinauyo said they will meet at the end of the tournament to review the Warriors trip to Rwanda.
“Like any in other assignee, we need to sit down and review the performance of the team. Perhaps, the problem (of losing) was with us or technical, so we need their report and we will also have our input and then map the way forward.
“For now, I cannot say much because we still have one more match to play,” Kasinauyo said.
Pasuwa had been fired by the new board in December before he was reinstated. Clearly, the relationship between Pasuwa and Chiyangwa’s team has been frosty and now, it seems, they will have reason to part ways with him.
“We were not convinced about his credentials as far as the senior national team was concerned in the past. If you look at it, the problems with the Warriors were more with the coach than the players when it came to concluding his deal even with the past board.
“I am not saying we have always wanted to fire him, no, there are issues to be considered, like performance in international matches and the budget that we are operating under.
“We don’t have the money and we cannot pay somebody $7000, that is clearly unreasonable, but that’s not for me to say, we will hear from the next meeting,” said a Zifa board member Sunday.
Pasuwa started the Warriors 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) campaign against Malawi with a 2-1 away win in a match they arrived a few hours before kick-off. The campaign resumes in March.
Other board members are understood to be interested in a foreign coach, but considering that they are in office until March 2018, that might be difficult.Advertisement
The other option was to get FC Platinum’s Norman Mapeza or Chicken Inn’s Joey Antipas, but both are well paid at their respective clubs and cannot take the risky Warriors job.
Mapeza is a former Warriors coach and was assisted by Antipas during that tenure which yielded nothing though.
The Warriors last qualified for the Afcon finals in 2006 and have never qualified for the World Cup, where they are banned from participating in the Russia 2018 qualifiers.
The ban came after Zifa, then under Cuthbert Dube, failed to settle an $81, 000 debt owed to former Warriors coach Valinhos.
They also owe another former coach Tom Saintfiet $150, 000 of which Harare businessman Wicknell Chivayo has undertaken to clear or Zimbabwe will be barred from taking part in the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers.
Chivayo also wants to buy a car for the Warriors coach after pledging $1 million as sponsorship.