FORMER Warriors coach, Kalisto Pasuwa appears to be still in line to take over as coach of the Malawi senior soccer team coach following reports suggesting the football federation (FAM) has reignited interest to hire a foreign coach.
By Tafadzwa Ndiraire
FAM had said they would appoint an expatriate coach to preside over the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers as well as the African Nations Championships (CHAN). But lack of support for funding by their cash strapped government culminated in the football mother body issuing a statement announcing it had abandoned the idea of hiring an expatriate coach.
However, reports from Malawi suggest, FAM has reignited their search for a foreign trainer as they bid to make it to the continental finals set for Cameroon in two years time.
Already, the soccer mother body has appointed Gerald Phiri- the first assistant on a one year contract to lay the ground work for the incoming coach who is expected this week.
Pasuwa had been touted to take over the biggest coaching job in Malawi football after he won a lot of admirers in Malawi during last year’s qualifiers. The Warriors overcame the Flames 2-1 in their backyard in the qualifiers before completing a double over them in Harare in June with a 3-0 victory that sealed Zimbabwe’s place at the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals held in Gabon in January. It was the first time since 2006 for the Warriors to make it to the biggest continental soccer show case.
Although the Warriors had a poor campaign, exiting the tournament in the first round with just a point earned from a 2-2 draw against the Desert Foxes of Algeria, Malawi believe the former Dynamos coach could be the solution to the problems facing their game.
Fam secretary general, Alfred Gunda was quoted saying they were expecting an expatriate coach by this week.
Speaking to this reporter on Tuesday, Pasuwa’s manager Gibson Mahachi, however said, FAM was yet to get back to them since they asked about his client’s availability last month.
“We haven’t heard anything from them (Malawi). Our last communication was when they asked about the availability of the coach to which we provided the details. Remember there are so many coaches who applied for the job and we wouldn’t know who they are appointing,” said Mahachi.
Several coaches had been linked with the job, with former Warriors goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar and former coach Ian Gorowa among those reported to have been in the frame. Former Warriors Former Zambia coach Honour Janza and Paolo Duarte had also been bandied about although Pasuwa appeared to be the leading candidate.
Malawi has already started training ahead of their CHAN game away to Madagascar on April 22 with the return leg at Bingu Stadium a week later.
FAM has also secured a friendly away to Kenya on April 18 on their way to Madagascar.