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After months of being in charge of the national football teams, both the Warriors and the Under 23s, Callisto Pasuwa is yet to received an official contract that gives him the mandate to lead the national team or a document that states what he will benefit from the post.
With ZIFA recently having secured a $1m sponsorship deal, albeit to be released on a staggered basis, one would have thought that Pasuwa would be rewarded for having taken the national teams he’s lead to the All Africa Games (Young Warriors) and African Nations Championship – CHAN (Warriors). But it was also over the same recent period that Zifa quickly showed Pasuwa the door and it had to take a plea from the Minister of Sport and Reaction for sanity to prevail to see him reinstated.
But it is the bar that has been set for the local record setting coach, who won 4 straight consecutive championships together with Dynamos Football Club, that has raised eyebrows. ZIFA have said that Pasuwa and his team need to win the soon to be held CHAN tournament as well as qualify for the African Cup of Nations 2017.
They have also offered him, what he’s calling, a paltry $3,000 to lead the team, and he’s responded saying that this is far below what some PSL coaches are getting, thus not befitting for someone to lead Zimbabwe’s highest football team. However, to sweeten the deal, ZIFA have stated that all monies gained from participating at CHAN will be shared among the team, they’re guaranteed US$100,000 already by virtue of having qualified.
The Warriors have had a torrid time from preparing for the upcoming tournament, first being slow to start camp, then having their coach fired and camp disbanded and now not having any international friendlies before their trip to Rwanda. It will be a Houdini act should Pasuwa and his chargers do better than their 4th place finish at last year’s outing, despite the difficulties mention above.
Mind you he and the team are used to having it hard as they usually play under such conditions.