DYNAMOS Football Club coach Kalisto Pasuwa is the new Warriors assistant coach to new boss Ian “Dibango” Gorowa.
REPORT BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
Gorowa has immediately roped in Pasuwa as one of his assistants while FC Platinum coach Lloyd Mutasa – outgoing coach Klaus Dieter Pagels’ most trusted lieutenant — makes way together with goalkeepers’ coach Nkululeko Dhlamini. FC Platinum development coach Jairos Tapera comes in as one of Gorowa’s assistants, while Richard Tswatswa, a goalkeepers’ coach, is back in the same role.
But, a Zifa statement last night, issued by communications manager Xolisani Gwesela, insisted that Pagels remained in charge.
“No decision has been made, and as such, Pagels remains in charge.
The Zifa board will meet tomorrow (today) at 3pm after which a statement will be issued. The statement will also include details of the Warriors’ preparations and travelling arrangements for Mauritius.”
Pagels was appointed interim Warriors coach late last year following the resignation of Rahman Gumbo in the aftermath of Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify for the African Cup of Nations finals in South Africa.
Pasuwa — who has a league and cup double under his belt following his triumph with the Harare giants in 2011 and 2012 — has been assistant to Peter Ndlovu in the Under-23 set-up, but with the former Warriors captain already at Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa, the Dynamos coach has found himself occupying an influential position in the new national team dressing room.
Gorowa, who played for Dynamos and Black Rhinos before playing for the now defunct Cape Town Spurs in South Africa, joined Moroka Swallows as coach on a three-year contract in June 2007 to replace Gavin Hunt who had moved to SuperSport United as a replacement for Pitso Mosimane after he chose to take up a full-time job as Carlos Alberto Parreira’s assistant in the Bafana Bafana dressing room.
The Warriors — who had broken camp after arriving from Zambia on Sunday — went back into camp last night, but without leading marksman Tendai Ndoro, who is on trials with South African Premiership side Bidvest Wits.
Gorowa is, however, making frantic efforts to have the player, who scored a double against Lesotho in the Cosafa Cup semi-final in Zambia last week, to be part of his team to Mauritius. The Warriors are scheduled to leave for Mauritius tomorrow via Johannesburg.
Ndoro was scheduled to undergo a three-day trial stint with Wits and Gorowa wants to take advantage of his short trial period and pick him up in Johannesburg on their way to Mauritius.
The Warriors gaffer has also made some additions to the squad that played in the Cosafa Cup tournament with Dynamos defender Partson Jaure and Highlanders striker Milton Ncube drafted into the team.
Zimbabwe are seeking a third successive appearance at the Chan tournament having taken part in the last two editions in Cote d’Ivoire in 2009 and Sudan two years later.
The winner of the second and final round of the qualifiers will play the winner between Botswana and Zambia, who also clash in the first leg this weekend in Gaborone.