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Zifa, Pasuwa snubbed Stuart Baxter

Fungai Muderere
DOOR shut on good Samaritan coach!

A Swaziland-based coaches agent Dumisani Maduna has made sensational claims that Zifa ignored Supersport United head coach Stuart Baxtera��s kind gesture to help the Warriors ahead of their dismal showing at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon.

Maduna claims Baxter whose club has gone for an impressive 18-game unbeaten streak in the South Africa Absa Premiership offered himself free of charge to become an advisor.

a�?Baxter was willing to assume a free advisory role to Zimbabwea��s senior national team coaches before they went for Afcon in Gabon. We contacted the then Zifa technical director Taurai Mangwiro, Pasuwa and Chaminuka but nothing came through,a�? said Maduna.

Maduna added that the Scottish mentor, who has previously managed clubs in Sweden, Norway, Portugal and Japan as well as managing the national teams of South Africa, Finland and the England Under-19 team, even offered to briefly attach Pasuwa and his then Warriors first assistant Saul Chaminuka only to be snubbed.

a�?He was very much keen to see Zimbabwe shine in that tournament and he was even prepared to attach Pasuwa and Chaminuka at Supersport United,a�? added Maduna.

Maduna added that having Baxter working with the Warriors was going to a�?educatea�? the technical bench about some aspects of reading the game.

a�?Baxter was willing to teach them how to do video analysis of their opponents. Since Supersport United is sponsored by DSTV, Baxter has a plethora of videos of different teams all over the world,a�? said Maduna.

Zifa Vice-President Omega Sibanda who headed the Warriors delegation to Gabon said nothing of that sort came to his attention.

a�?I dona��t know anything about that. In fact, my office did not get anything to that effect,a�? said Sibanda.

Spirited efforts to get comments from Pasuwa and Mangwiro proved futile as their phones went unanswered.

Pasuwaa��s troops started the Afcon tournament on a positive note, holding giants Algeria to a 2-2 draw in a thriller they could easily have won. However, that was followed by a poor display in the 2-0 defeat by Senegal a�� a result that could have been much worse.

Zimbabwe went into their last group match against Tunisia needing outright victory to stand a chance of reaching the quarter-finals, but went on to concede four first-half goals as their defence crumbled spectacularly.

That saw the Warriorsa�� third appearance at the continental showpiece come to a premature end following a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Tunisia, meaning the Zimbabweans managed just a single point from their three Group B games in Gabon.