WARRIORS coach Kalisto Pasuwa finally reached an agreement with Zifa president Cuthbert Dube last night on the settlement of his outstanding dues which will pave way for the signing of a new contract on July 1.
BY TAWANDA TAFIRENYIKA
Pasuwa’s manager Gibson Mahachi confirmed the news last night, but was not at liberty to reveal the figures involved.
“We have reached an agreement on the settlement of the coach’s outstanding dues. It was a very fruitful meeting, a win-win meeting for both parties.
“He (Dube) was reasonable and committed and I really appreciate that. We agreed that the outstanding bill will be settled by the end of the month after which a contract will be signed which will be effective July 1. As you are aware, the coach has not been in camp, now that everything has been settled the team will go into camp tomorrow (today),” Mahachi told NewsDay Sport last night.
Pasuwa has been in charge of the Young Warriors for the matches against Cameroon in the All-Africa Games qualifiers where Zimbabwe qualified for the finals after a 2-1 aggregate win to be staged in September in Congo-Brazzaville.
The Young Warriors also knocked out Swaziland in the second round of the Under-23 Championships on the away goals rule after playing a 2-all draw three weeks ago and will now face South Africa in the final two matches next month for the ticket to Senegal.
The former Dynamos coach also took charge of the senior national team this Sunday when they beat Malawi 2-1 in Blantyre in the opening match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers and will, again, be in charge of the Warriors this weekend against Comoros in the Chan first leg.
Meanwhile, the Warriors were expected to troop into camp last night to kickstart preparations for the 2016 preliminary round, first leg tie of the African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifier against the Comoros at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.
Pasuwa has named an enlarged 26-member squad comprising mostly the Under-23 players who played in the All-Africa Games qualifiers and in the Under-23 African Championship qualifiers with little known Buffaloes defender Devine Magaya the only new face in a team that also has players who played at the Cosafa Cup in South Africa recently.
Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela said players who played in Malawi for the Afcon qualifier against the hosts were given a day to rest before regrouping for the showdown against the Comoros.
“Players are getting into camp tonight (last night) for the Chan qualifier against the Comoros. Those who were in Malawi were given a day to rest and will begin training tomorrow (today),” said Gwesela.
The players who made the trip to Malawi are Blessing Moyo, Tatenda Mukuruva, Bernard Donovan, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Gerald Takwara, Danny Phiri, Teenage Hadebe and Justice Jangano. Marshall Mudehwe, Hwange’s Pritchard Mpelele, Ronald Chitiyo and Phiri who was captain of the side played at the Cosafa Cup are expected to form the backbone of the team as the Warriors seek a fourth consecutive Chan appearance.
Goalkeepers: T Mukuruva, B Donovan, T Mawaya
Defenders: B Moyo, D Magaya, L Chakoroma, J Jangano, R Kawondera, T Hadebe, J Kanono
Midfielders: G Takwara, D Phiri, W Mutasa, M Mudehwe, C Rusere, E Mandiranga, R Chitiyo, N Masuku, M Gaki
Strikers: P Mpelele, E Chirambadare, T Chideu, T Kadewere, E Rusike, M Sibanda