THE Warriors are involved involved in another crisis before their 2016 African Cup of Nations Champions (CHAN) game with the Comoros on Saturday, when coach, Kalisto Pasuwa, reportedly quit the national team over Zifa’s failure to honour promises to pay him his dues by June 30.
Media reports say team manager Gibson Mahachi asked Pasuwa to leave camp yesterday after a training session at Rufaro Stadium yesterday.
The Warriors were expected to leave late today for the second leg, preliminary round on Saturday on an Air Zimbabwe chartered flight.
Pasuwa, who has been coaching the team since last September is demanding $10,000 before he can sign a long term deal, which was supposed to be signed on Wednesday this week.
But UK based news website New Zimababwe, quotes Mahachi saying that after he and Pasuwa met ZIFA president Cuthbert Dube who promised that the coach would be paid by June 30, nothing had materialised.
“Today (Thursday) is July 2 and no payment has been done and he has a family that also expected that something was coming their way for their food and other issues when we were told that something will be paid by June 30,” said Mahachi.
Dube is currently in Canada for the Women’s World Cup final while his deputy Omega Sibanda is on suspension.
Pasuwa is also the Under 23 coach and, in two weeks, the Young Warriors face South Africa in the final qualifying round for the Under 23 Championships.
The coach has already qualified the Young Warriors to the All Africa Games final to be staged in Congo-Brazzaville from September 4-19. The draw of the eight team tournament takes place next Thursday in Cairo, Egypt.
Meanwhile preparations for SA’s Bafana against Mauritius tomorrow are drama free. Bafana take on Mauritius in the second leg of their 2016 African Cup of Nations Champions (CHAN) at Stada Anjalay).
Kickoff is at 1pm SA time.
Bafana have an advatage of their 3-0 lead from their first leg win in Dobsonville, which should be enough to see them through.