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Technical committee takes on Dube

The Zifa High Performa-nce Technical Committee (HPTC) has demanded an emergency meeting with the association’s president Cuthbert Dube.


Tasked to recommend national team coaches, monitoring players and technical studying of national team games, the committee met in Harare last week and concluded that Kalisto Pasuwa takes over the senior national team coaching role from fired Ian Gorowa.
The Zifa board is expected to meet this week to deliberate on the recommendations.

But some members of the HPTC are disgruntled, accusing Zifa of turning to them only in time of crisis when they fail to handle important issues.

The committee is chaired by Zifa board member for development John Phiri and comprises of Zifa technical director Maxwell Jongwe, Gibson Homela, Bhekimpilo Nyoni, Charles Sibanda, Cosmas Zulu, Mike Ngore and Misheck Chidzambwa.

Speaking to Standardsport, some members accused the Zifa board of using them.

“The Zifa leadership only thinks of us when they are in situations which they cannot address on their own,” said one member.

“As a technical committee, we should be active in monitoring players and progress of all national team coaches that we recommend. We should be allowed to work closely with the technical director. It is our duty to attend training sessions of all national teams’ age groups, as well as having one of us accompanying all national teams when they travel for international assignments to assess the performance of the team before writing technical reports that would be forwarded to the technical director.

“That is the trend the world over but we are not given the chance to do so. The best [thing] is to meet the Zifa president or board for a conversation that can clearly spell out how to discharge our duties.”

In this regard, the technical committee has tasked their chairman, Phiri, who is a Zifa board member to organise an emergency meeting with Zifa president Dube to iron out burning issues.

According to the member, the committe last met last year, only to be told to regroup and assist Zifa in coming up with the new national teams technical structures.

The technical team recommended that Pasuwa assume the biggest football coaching job in the country.

The former Dynamos gaffer impressed after winning four straight league titles with Dynamos.

While he struggled to reach the CAF Champions League mini-league phase with Dynamos on three occasions, Pasuwa’s capacity for international games was questioned.

But after helping the Under-23s qualify for the All-Africa Games by elbowing out the mighty Cameroon with a depleted squad, the Warriors job was placed on his doorstep.

He will take charge of the African Under-23 Championship qualifier second round, first leg against Swaziland on the weekend of May 22-25 together with Hwange coach Nation Dube.

Saul Chaminuka and Jairos Tapera would be with the Warriors at the Cosafa Cup which runs from May 17 to 30.

If Zimbabwe progresses from Group A to the quarterfinals they will meet Zambia on May 25, with Pasuwa scheduled to join the senior team then.

Zifa are however yet to announce camping dates for the Warriors and Under-23s.

“Details of training will be made public on Tuesday,” said Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela.

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