Coaches blast Zifa over Pasuwa debacle

Raymond Jaravaza
It never rains but pours for Zifa!

Beleaguered football mother-body Zifa who in the last few days came under a barrage of criticism for the handling of the Kallisto Pasuwa debacle has once again been slammed by the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association for using the Warriors coach as a punching bag.

Pasuwa was fired by Zifa only to be reinstated 48 hours later after the Philip Chiyangwa led executive came under fire from all sections of the football fraternity.

Pasuwa had been fired for allegedly refusing to fire Warriors manager Shariff Mussa and replace him with Chiyangwa’s campaign manager Wellington Mpandare.

The former Dynamos coach refused.

Zisca, an organisation that handles the welfare of soccer coaches in the country, has added to calls for Zifa to bring back sanity into the battered image of Zimbabwean football.

“For an organisation like Zifa that is trying to instill confidence in the corporate world and the general public, we are very disappointed in the manner that they handled the Pasuwa issue. The issue was about them trying to impose a manager on the coach but they ended up bringing in a lot of issues which not only tarnished Pasuwa’s image but ultimately left them (Zifa) with an egg on the face. Instead of dealing with the critical issues at hand Zifa was seeking public sympathy by running to the media announcing that Pasuwa had been fired. We strongly condemn that and call upon them to deal with disputes in the right manner in future,” said Zisca chairman Bhekimpilo Nyoni.

The Zisca chairman said they held a meeting with Pasuwa in the aftermath of the debacle and advised the coach to demand a contract that will safeguard him from similar incidents in the future.

“We are fully behind the coach in his demands for a contract and to be paid his outstanding dues. Zifa must give him a contract and address other demands that he has put on the table. For instance how is the coach expected to work with players that have not been paid allowances?” he said.

The Warriors are expected to go back into camp on 27 December in preparation for the CHAN Championships in Rwanda next year.