Following a public outcry to nullify Pasuwa’s sacking, the Sport and Recreation Committee and the Ministry of Sports have joined hands to sing in one accord with the football fraternity in a bring back Pasuwa “campaign” that is proving to be fruitful, Sportbrief has learnt.
The respective Ministry was forced to intervene and issue a press statement to calm the situation, with Minister Hlongwane fully behind Pasuwa.
“The Minister of Sport and Recreation today learnt with shock the news of the firing of one of Zimbabwe’s most successful and illustrious technical teams headed by coach Callisto Pasuwa.
“The Ministry would like to point out that coach Pasuwa has been very successful in his career with the national team and that all differences with zifa should be resolved amicably.
“The Minister observes that the dispute between zifa and Pasuwa is a labour dispute which must be resolved by negotiating and cajoling with a view to achieving an amicable solution to the misunderstanding.
“The Minister further observes that appointing a new technical team with only a few days left to participate in the finals of chan 2016 in Rwanda may derail the preparations of the Warriors, since the new technical team will need time to acquaint itself with the task at hand.
“The Ministry observes that coach Pasuwa and his technical team have given their all with unmatched dedication and commitment to national duty even as they have gone for months without being paid by their employer.
“The Minister therefore implores the football authorities to:
(1) Understand that football is a game of the people, a national project, a national asset and due care must be taken when making decisions that have the potential to destroy the rhythm of the game.
(2) The football authorities “zifa” must understood that they are also accountable to the nation of Zimbabwe to deliver stability in the administration of football and results on the pitch.
(3) The new zifa board must take due care not to be arrested by residual zifa conflicts and needless boardroom squabbling that have the potential of destroying football.
(4) It is also important that zifa takes time to apply itself to matters of national interest before announcing major decisions that have disruptive capacity and have a potential of injuring the national psych.
(5) The technical team is urged to discuss its differences with zifa away from the media with an intention of always arriving at an amicable solution.
(6) Therefore, as Minister of Sport and Recreation, I have asked Dr Philip Chiyangwa, the president of zifa, to come out of his leave in order to attend to this potentially crippling and rather unnecessary dispute,” read the statement.
ZIFA president, Dr Philip Chiyangwa, has since been called to come back home with immediate effect to extinguish his burning house by cutting his “leave” in South Africa.
The sacking of Pasuwa was one of the most poor decisions ever made in the history of Zimbabwe since post-independence.
Mr Sibanda’s decision was highly questionable regarding the timing as the Warriors are already in camp in preparation of the Rwanda 2016 CHAN games scheduled for the 16th of next month, as if that is not enough, the Warriors technical team was already performing well.