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Pasuwa in a limbo
14 Mar 2017 at 04:09hrs | Views
FORMER Zimbabwe senior soccer team coach Kalisto Pasuwa could be out of employment for a long time after his reported move to coach Malawi senior men's national team has reached a dead end.
This is after the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) withdraw the Flames from both the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers, as well as the African Nations Champions (Chan) qualifiers for next year's finals.
Malawi had contacted Pasuwa through his manager Gibson Mahachi for a job offer.
However, in a statement on Sunday FAM announced it had suspended the recruitment of an expatriate coach owing to lack of funding.
"The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) would like to inform the general public and all its stakeholders that at its executive committee meeting held in Lilongwe on 11th March 2017, the association, among other things, considered the recruitment of the Malawi national senior football team coach, and funding for the Malawi national football team engagements.
"As you may all recall, FAM, having earlier examined and identified the dire extent of the current gaps and shortfalls in the team, resolved that an experienced and well qualified expatriate coach be engaged.
"Accordingly, a comprehensive proposal and justification was sent to the government as the financiers. It was expected that the expatriate coach was going to drill our current crop of players to international levels for better performance of the team.
" It was also expected that the expatriate coach was going to provide mentorship to our local coaches with a view of them taking over the team at the expiry of his contract. As we are all aware, the proposal has been declined on account of the current adverse economic situation that the country is facing.
"The meeting also discussed a number of engagements that had been planned for the team notably the Chan and Africa Cup of Nations competitions. During several rounds of consultations and discussions it was very clear that due the current economic problems, the government will not be able to provide funding for the team for its participation in the above two tournaments,'' reads part of the statement.
Source - online