End of the road?

SENIOR national football team coach, Kalisto Pasuwa (pictured) yesterday admitted his job could be on the ropes in the wake of a disastrous African Nations Championships (Chan) campaign in Rwanda, where his team exited the tournament at the group stages.

BY HENRY MHARA

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Speaking on arrival at Harare International Airport, Pasuwa expressed his determination to stay on after the Chan disappointment, but the former Dynamos coach feared for the worst.

“I don’t know what will happen. We didn’t know this would happen when we went there. We all wanted to go and do the nation proud. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen that way. And because of what happened, I am defenseless. I don’t have anything to hold onto. So, whether I will be fired or not, I don’t know, because the people and my bosses had their expectations, which I might not have met,” he said.

“But people should also consider the circumstances that led us to where we are at the moment. Things like the preparations should also be put into perspective before people can rush to judge or make some decisions.”

The Warriors lost their opening two group matches by an identical 1-0 scoreline and in similar circumstances against Zambia and Mali, to bow out of the competition.

They were then held to a 1-all draw by Uganda in the last match, a result that summed up a horrible tournament for them.

The first batch of the team, with a delegation of 23 including Pasuwa and his captain Hardlife Zvirekwi, arrived home yesterday afternoon, with the rest of the squad expected this morning.

Pasuwa went to the tournament without a contract, a decision which might come back to haunt him.

“Sometimes we make these decisions based on circumstances on the ground and the love for the country. But at times, it does not work out the way one would have planned. I just wanted to work for my nation and I still do, but what will happen next I don’t know. Maybe these are the hazards that come with this job.”
The four-time league title winner reckoned that had the Warriors played at least two preparatory matches, they could probably have fared better.

He said the injury to one of his key men, defender Elisha Muroiwa, who was stretchered off in the first game against Zambia, could also have contributed in destabilising the team and the eventual defeat.

The Warriors conceded the goal when Muroiwa was still being attended to, with the defenders failing to pick the man on the blind side from a set piece situation.
They were also guilty of the same mistakes in the matches against Mali and Uganda.

“The players struggled in the first match, but you could see some improvements as the tournament progressed. They only started to adjust in the second match. So I think had we played at least one or two friendly matches, they would have gone there knowing exactly what to expect.

“There was no communication at the back when we conceded. We thought we had corrected it after the first game, but we went on to concede from similar situations. We also created a lot of chances than all our opponents, but we missed almost all of them.

“We needed to put away every little chance that came our way. Even a free kick, you have to utilise it. Teams from our group progressed to the next stage because they did utilise their chances from free kicks, so we needed to be ruthless with every opportunity we got. They would get one chance and punish us. This is one major problem that cost us the most, failing to convert our chances. Like I said, I think some of these mistakes could have been corrected had we played a number of friendly matches.”

Despite the distress, there were some positives that Pasuwa drew from the tournament.

These include the individual performances of some of his squad players.

He cited Tatenda Mukuruva, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Lawrence Mhlanga, Stephen Makatuka, Muroiwa, Marshall Mudehwe and Edmore Chirambadare as some of the stars who impressed and would consider for future national duty, provided he retains his job.

Pasuwa, again, apologised for letting the nation down.

9 Responses to End of the road?

  1. BASOPO BASOPO January 29, 2016 at 7:40 am #

    Mr Pasuwa, don’t worry about your performance in Rwanda. We are not worried because we are ”

    used to it. ” Haaaa, don’t worry, tazvijaira uye taneta nazvo. Its always the case saka musanetseke zvenyu ba munhu wa Mwari. Igarooziwa. Ma standards acho ne coaching talents to compete outside ZIM hatina ba whii. Tichikudzidzira wo saka vairamba kukupa ka 7000 USD yawaida. Vanoziwa kuti —————.. Ticharamba tichinamata kuti maybe 30 YRS FROM TODAY PAMWE TICHASVIKAWO PA STANDARD.

  2. johnrupiza January 29, 2016 at 8:59 am #

    Mr Pasuwa no apologies please. Siyai chigaro. Leave the coaching throne. You have done the same with Dynamos at CAF level. AHH, tozozipirwawo nge socer riinhi. Tingobviroite cry year in year out nge same coach. Hamuiti shy ngenyi amweni imwi. Makabviroite the same kudhara tikambokuitei forgive tichiti zvimwe muchaite improve. But taitoite mistake. Hamusapoteki ba. Hambai zvenyu tiite find coach anoite bring ma new ideas.

  3. Gafa Kusvika Ndafa January 29, 2016 at 10:11 am #

    When Pasuwa won in Malawi under one of the most difficult circumstances, people showered praises on him. Now he lost, yu want him to go yet we have a more important tournament to look forward to. The new coach will come and also go thru the same experience of loosing first games before winning and we will continue to look for new coaches. We will not improve our games, lets be frank guys. After this loss, i tell yu, pasuwa has more to learn in oorder to improve the next games. Firing him wil never guarantee positve results. Kana Barcelon chaiyo ndoyakambowinner magames ese here. Lets be patient.

  4. Alge WekwaChinyerere January 29, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    go peacefully or we will remove you violently

  5. MAGURANYANGA January 29, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

    we must learn not to solve a prblm by worsening the fate. putting all the blame on Pasuwa is totally unfair, a host of factors culminated into the untimely exit of our beloved warrriors. the players were wasteful,ill preparations,low morale, psychologicalincompetence, technical inability, confused zifa, firing and restoring Pasuwa had psychological disturbances. to me ,I think that Pasuwa deserves more time , adequate resources , timely preparations, job security, real warriors with much determination,enthusiasim and zeal to win, on the other hand , Pasuwa should work cautiously and seriously on some of the silly mistakes he made

  6. Newako January 30, 2016 at 12:13 am #

    Pasuwa should be kept in the job. Its not like his team was humiliated in the tournament, their only problem was match sharpness which would have been addressed through playing friendlies before the tourney.
    Getting rid of him just because the team lost 1-nil from set pieces would be very foolish indeed.
    I can see a ray of light there.

  7. WILLARD MUBVUMBI January 30, 2016 at 3:27 pm #

    Those supporting Pasuwa are dynamos ‘spectators’. They should halt nincompooping him. He is not a good coach. Coaching dynamos does not give one a ticket to coach a national team. Anyone can coach dynamos even a baboon. WHY? Becoz its a referee’s team. He is used to coach dynamos where urine bottles and snuff are thrown on the field of play. At national level juju wont work. Never. So, mr Pasuwa, be man enough and leave, becoz if you dont, we will remove you VIOLENTLY! KIKIKIKIKI

  8. ReQuelme January 30, 2016 at 6:15 pm #

    Give the man a chance. He had a working formula. I think the players who went to CHAN were a bit of a let down. I cant blame the coach alone

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