ZIFA to review AFCON

26 January 2017


Kalisto Pasuwa will face Zifa for a review of his progress before the two parties can reach a final position, the coach’s manager Gibson Mahachi has said.

Pasuwa, who is expected to step down after a disappointing 2017 AFCON finals in Gabon, arrived in the country with the whole team yesterday.

Before AFCON begun, H-Metro had exclusively revealed that the coach would walk away regardless of results in Gabon as a result of poor relations between the two parties.

With the dismal performance in Gabon, it will now take a miracle for the relationship to continue.

“The position is simple. Pasuwa has a contract with Zifa and he has to sit down for a review. It is up to them to then say we will not continue with you because it is in their right,” Mahachi said.

“It will also be upto Pasuwa to say no after they do their review. They will say this is how we have reviewed. But everything has to be in writing. As of now there is nothing in writing.”

Mahachi said it was important for everyone to follow the process.

Zimbabwe managed to draw 2-2 with Algeria before being beaten 2-0 by Senegal and 4-2 by Tunisia.

That became the worst record at AFCON finals by the Warriors though the team still had a chance on the last day of action.

When asked about his situation on arrival at Harare International airport, Pasuwa said: “I have no comment.”

Mahachi added: “The review has to be by 1 February and in principle we are saying anytime from now. It is a simple process that should be done. Everything has be done on paper.

“It is time to sit down with their coach and do the process. That is the official position. After that it will be upto them. Everything has to be guided by the contract.”

Defender Costa Nhamoinesu said they had done everything in their power to try and get results.

“Considering what we had to go through in the preparations, I think we have done very well.

“In the future if we are to do very well, football must start at the grassroots. If you look at west African countries they have strong junior policies and they start at a very early age.

“So it is easier for them to adjust. In future it is upto us to invest. In future, for us to be successful, we may need to get people to go around the world and learn new trends. Things are changing aound the world.”