ZIFA has given in to Warriors coach, Kallisto Pasuwa’s demands by issuing a public apology to the coach and the technical team for throwing the national team’s CHAN preparations into turmoil.
It was supposed to be business as usual at the ZIFA headquarters on Monday after Pasuwa was reinstated on Saturday, but instead, it was a ZIFA executive committee meeting that took place.
National team players were expected to troop into camp on Sunday and resume training on Monday but a visit to 53 Livingstone Avenue showed a different story.
In a statement issued after the executive committee meeting, ZIFA President, Phillip Chiyangwa reaffirmed the association’s commitment to service the beautiful game of football in its entirety in line with the mandate bestowed on them by the ZIFA congress.
“”ZIFA would like to unreservedly apologise to members of the football fraternity, members of the ZIFA congress, players, Coach, Mr Kallisto Pasuwa, his manager, Mr Gibson Mahachi, the Warriors technical team, members of the media and all interested stakeholders for the unfortunate disturbances that characterised the Senior national team’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) preparations. The ZIFA Executive Committee also resolved that Pasuwa be given a contract of employment as soon as possible,” said Chiyangwa.
Pasuwa is unbeaten in six games with the senior men’s team, and also qualified the under-23 team for African Games held in August this year.
The ex-Dynamos gaffer was fired exactly 12 days into the tenure of the new ZIFA board after refusing to accept the appointment of Wellington Mpandare as team manager.