Pasuwa refuses to resign after Afcon drubbing

FEBUARY 09 2017 –  WARRIORS  national team coach Kalisto Pasuwa has refused to resign after the  the Zimbabwe Football Association’s (Zifa) asked him to following  the team’s spectacular exit from the the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Pasuwa, who still has a year left on his contract, has argued that the target set in his contract was for him to qualify the Warriors for the Afcon finals, which he achieved but  Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa says that he was waiting on Pasuwa to “do the honourable thing” and tender his resignation.

 “The coach is not going to resign, he still has a year left on his contract and he achieved what was asked of him in the current deal,” says  Pasuwa’s manager Gibson Mahachi .

“If Zifa want to hire a new coach, it is within their rights to expel him. They started a process which they have to see through.”

The High Performance Committee (HPC), an arm of Zifa which oversees the national teams’ performances, interviewed Pasuwa on Friday, after which they recommended that he be dismissed. Chiyangwa said the football association was already looking beyond Pasuwa, but wanted the coach to walk away, rather than firing him. On Sunday, he told the media he did “not want to be burdened by firing people”.

“Pasuwa should just do the honourable thing and hand in his resignation letter. I am waiting for his resignation letter. He should just resign … and we see what he has to get in terms of payment,” says  Chiyangwa. 

If Zifa fires  Pasuwa, the association would have to buy him out of his contract, paying him US$84 000.

The former Zimbabwe midfielder earns US$7 000 a month. – ANA