I’m not cheap: Pasuwa

Zifa have indicated that they have no capacity to pay Warriors coach Kalisto Pasuwa the $7 000 monthly salary that he is demanding.

BY Kevin Mapasure

Pasuwa has no contract with Zifa, but efforts to formalise the relationship have encountered sticking points particularly on remuneration and duration of the contract.

The four-time Castle Lager Premier Soccer League championship-winning coach and his representative Gibson Mahachi had a meeting with Zifa board member Edzai Kasinauyo on Sunday night, but the two parties failed to find common ground.

It is understood Zifa are willing to pay the coach a salary of $3 000, while Pasuwa is holding out for $7 000, which he believes is a fair amount for a national team coach.

But Zifa indicated that they had no money and would not be able to pay such an amount.

Pasuwa’s camp wants the local football mother body to make it official that they cannot afford Pasuwa on a full time basis.

“The position is that there has not been progress in our negotiations with Zifa over Pasuwa’s contract. They said they do not have the resources to pay him what he is asking for,” Mahachi said yesterday.


“This is what we got from Kasinauyo, so I think as a way forward, they should just make an official position so that we can find the way forward. We could then say if they can’t afford his salary, then we can back down on the demands and they can also allow him to work on a part-time basis. That way the coach can also look for another job while also coaching the national team.”

Mahachi added that Pasuwa had worked for 13 months without being paid and he could not continue like that.

“This guy worked for 13 months without pay and he just can’t continue like that, it’s not possible. He has proven himself already, he deserves a contract.”

While Zifa cannot afford Pasuwa, they cannot afford to let him go following his popularity among fans, who believe in him after he led the team to a good start in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers in addition to leading the Under-23 team to the African Games qualifiers.

The Phillip Chiyangwa-led board will be hard-pressed to find a solution to their financial inadequacies or they would be forced to agree on Pasuwa taking the job on a part-time basis.

The duration of the contract has stubbornly remained a sticking point with Zifa more comfortable with an arrangement where the Afcon 2017 qualifiers will determine the coach’s future.

Pasuwa, on the other hand, believes he has done enough to deserve a deal with a minimum of two years.

Chiyangwa has sourced funds for Zifa after agreeing a $1 million deal with his business partner Wicknell Chivayo.

Chivayo’s sponsorship is, however, coming in dribs and drabs and with Zifa so deep in its financial quagmire the funds are proving inadequate.

Chiyangwa, however, has said he is currently negotiating with other potential sponsors that could help further improve the situation.

But to the new board’s credit, they have managed to restore some form of stability which has seen the Warriors camp going incident-free as had become the norm previously.

While the Warriors have had an intensive training camp, they have failed to get meaningful friendlies consequent to lack of financial resources.

They still cling on to the faint hope that they will be able to get at least one warm-up match.

But their problems have lessened with the team’s travel guaranteed after Chivayo promised to fund the team’s trips.

12 Responses to I’m not cheap: Pasuwa

  1. ndini January 12, 2016 at 7:46 am #

    But let a white man come,they are prepared to even pay him more than the $7 000 that Pasuwa is asking for.

  2. Gandanga January 12, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    $7000 is a very fair amount. Gvt has money. President Chiyangwa must approach Minister Hlongwane. Mr Mahachi and Pasuwa your demand is fair.

  3. Sagitarr January 12, 2016 at 8:11 am #

    So ZIFA cannot afford to pay Pasuwa $7k? Wasn’t it yesterday that both PC and Wicknell were referring to the $50k+ payment as “pocket money”. Paying Pasuwa may not be part of the agreement but honestly, why does Zifa not have the capacity to pay? Can Zifa share with the soccer lovers salaries of other “administrators” to put the issue in perspective?

  4. vivian v siziba January 12, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    In any case, sports survives on sponsorship particularly,from the private sector,but since the warriors are on a national assignments, the government should play a leading role in providing resources.

  5. Komboz January 12, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Where is Mapeza, i believe he is a great strategist than this lucky guy. isn’t his ban lifted?

  6. bora January 12, 2016 at 9:00 am #

    is mapeza ready to be paid peanuts

  7. remigio mabgwe January 12, 2016 at 9:54 am #

    watinoziva ane mari muZimbabwe ndiChiyangwa.Saka bla fidza ipai mwana mari.

  8. sky January 12, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    ngapihwe 7k hamusi kuona here kuti he is not eating healthy

  9. Chokx January 12, 2016 at 10:18 am #

    Zifa pays Tom Saintfiet $150.000.00 for working how many days yet Pasuwa has worked for the thankless Zifa 1 year 1 month for no pay . People don’t eat Partriotism . Zifa paid the German coach paid the other dude from Brazil for doing WHAT ??

  10. yanorsh January 12, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    ngapiwe 7k he deserved it Asian kupa murungu ndokwamungons Pasuwa d’t change your mind panyaya yemari

  11. sharp January 12, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

    For as much as I like his track record and results for the national team, I still don’t understand how a guy who worked for free and survived on hand-outs suddenly is out of reach. Sometimes timing and calculation is everything, you could be stubborn and lose everything, ask Robert Mugabe. He cannot go to Europe for holiday, not because it’s a choice but because he failed to think a step further. The national team fails to get sponsors as is at the moment, you have to start from a reasonable figure and work your way up with time, reasonable figure, I mean everyone’s responsibility to consider your state of economy if you have to progress. I bet, if this guy looses the contract, he will be starving, the people encouraging him to go for unreasonable sums will not help him with any bills and it happened before, you got to be careful in a broke country, don’t scare sponsors. You should consider the facts on the ground, a million pledged by a sponsor is not for the coach alone, training expenses, traveling expenses, food and recreational activities are catered for in that million, it’s not a lot, it will run-out before you see any results, don’t be like the destructive politicians otherwise nothing will come out of Zim.

  12. Harare January 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    vana Bla Phidza nemaface avo vanenge vasinawo mari ava mupei at least $5 000 anobvuma fast, this is the national team we are talking about , the coach must have a peace of mind otadza ega basa oshaya weku blema

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