Pasuwa, Zifa finally reach deal

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National soccer team coach Kalisto Pasuwa wraps a blanket around him as the team prepares to leave for Malawi.

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.

National soccer team coach Kalisto Pasuwa wraps a blanket around him as the team prepares to leave for Malawi.
National soccer team coach Kalisto Pasuwa wraps a blanket around him as the team prepares to leave for Malawi.

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.

Squad

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

4 COMMENTS

  1. The Warriors Finance saga.
    As a patriotic Zimbabwean, I have taken in the warriors’ finance saga with lots of shame. I know that the majority of football supporters are similarly affected. On trying to come up with a solution to this issue I have consulted a few of my colleagues and came up with the following unconventional method that may work to an extent. It must have been tried somewhere with success I believe. If there were to be set an “ECOCASH” account into which any supporter or well-wisher were to deposit any amount of cash they may have at their disposal, I can assure you that this can go a long way in alleviating this perennial problem. Soon after the Warriors’ win in Malawi, I asked my mates if they would consider “eco-cashing” a dollar into the WARRIORS’ account and they were all unanimous that they would readily do so. A lot of them were pledging much more than a dollar…. victory euphoria?
    But then they asked whether it is possible to do this and some were worried about the security of such funds. The people who made the warriors’ trip to Malawi financially possible are not the only ones keen to assist. There are many more who want to chip in but cannot do so because there is no readily available means to do so. It is clear that if people are convinced that such money will be transparently put to good use we cannot fail to raise say $ 100 000 through such a scheme during the preparations and the course of the next AFCON game especially if the boys continue to win. However ZIFA must never be allowed anywhere near this money. Appearance fees, playing bonuses and service providers’ fees can be transferred directly into the players, supporting staff and service providers’ accounts.
    The main short-comings on this arrangement:
    1. Who will administer this scheme? Would money transfer companies want to assist?
    2. What happens to excess funds?
    3. What do FIFA statutes say about such sponsorship arrangements?
    4. How long can we run such a supporters’ scheme?
    Some of my mates are actually thinking of recommending this idea to their community based clubs such as Dynamos and CAPS who are in perilous financial problems. With its 7million supporter base, imagine what could happen to Dembare’s coffers if ¾ of them were to contribute a dollar each four times per year on average. A cool 21 million dollars per year of voluntary contributions!!!! The power of numbers.
    The majority of club supporters are not club members officially but they itch to support the clubs financially if easy means of doing so are presented to them e.g. cellular money transfers.

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