Pasuwa warns Zifa

Zimbabwe national team coach, Kalisto Pasuwa, has warned the Zimbabwe Football Association that he would no longer entertain the sort of treatment his team received prior to their successful trip to Malawi for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Kalisto Pasuwa
Kalisto Pasuwa

The next Africa Cup of Nations game for the Warriors are away to Guinea in September and home to the same side and Pasuwa said the authorities should ensure that funds are available for a longer camp, or else he would quit.

“We cannot continue under this environment. Zifa should make sure there is enough money for us to prepare for our next game. Maybe, it’s by luck that we are winning, but we cannot continue depending on luck,” said Pasuwa.

The former Dynamos coach said if Zifa failed to make funds available for better preparations, he would have no option but to quit.

“It is my reputation that is at stake. If we fail to qualify, all fingers will be pointed at me and I do not want that. I need more time with the team. If that is not provided, I will leave,” added Pasuwa.

Pasuwa has so far qualified the Zimbabwe Under-23 team for the 2015 Africa Games to be held in Congo Brazzaville and is also through to the final qualifying round of the Africa Youth Championships, where they will play South Africa.

The 2-1 win over Malawi puts Pasuwa’s senior side on course for qualification to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals to be held in Gabon. Their path has also been smothered by Guinea’s recent shock 1-2 defeat at the hands of Swaziland.

Guinea are widely considered Zimbabwe’s strongest challengers in this group, but their home defeat to Swaziland leaves Zimbabwe needing just one win against the Guineans and back to back victories over Swaziland and Malawi to make the trip to Gabon.

Zimbabwe are desperate to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations finals, after they missed out of the past five editions in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015.

This weekend, however, Pasuwa pays his attention to the less demanding African Nations Championships (Chan) qualifier against little Comoros.

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