Kallisto Pasuwa

Pasuwa on old players in Malawi… as he successfully negotiates to be paid in US$

Fungai Muderere

FORMER Warriors gaffer Kallisto Pasuwa has bemoaned over-reliance on old horses in the Malawian elite football league, a development that has compelled him to make an overhaul on his Nyasa Big Bullets side.

Pasuwa joined Bullets in October last year with the mandate to win the title and also leading the club in the Caf Champions League.

The 48-year-old impressed Bullets, the most successful club in Malawi, on a short-term when he helped the Blantyre-based side win a record 14th title in the TNM Super League with two games to spare.

This was Pasuwa’s fifth league title as a coach after leading Zimbabwean giants Dynamos to four consecutive titles in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The only downside was probably their preliminary round ouster from the Caf Champions League campaign after they were edged out on penalties by perennial campaigners Gor Mahia of Kenya.

“The main challenge with Malawian football is that there is an over reliance on old players. However, I am happy that I have managed to convince my bosses at Nyasa Big Bullets on the need to blend youthful players and seasoned ones. The team has also taken players from the local Division One and junior sides,” said Pasuwa who took over the coaching reins at Nyasa Big Bullets from under-performing Rodgers Yasin and his deputy Eliah Kananji.

Despite freshening up their squad ahead of the start of the Malawi TNM Super League, Maulle — a Malawian native for bullets — boasts of the services of 37-year-old ex-Malawi national team member Fisher Kondowe, a legendary player, who once played alongside celebrated ex-Warriors, Zimbabwe Saints and Dynamos goal poacher Agent “Ajira” Sawu at South Africa’s Umtata Bush Bucks.

Pasuwa has since penned a one-year contract with the Nyasa Manufacturing Company-sponsored side amid revelations that his handlers successfully negotiated that he gets paid in the green note starting this year.

“I recently signed a one-year contract. I’m also happy that I am now paid in United States dollars hence I’m adapting well with life in Malawi. Life is cheap for me here and that is especially if my family is around. I’m getting a decent salary and I can’t complain,” said the former Dynamos and Warriors midfielder.