‘Letting Pagels go a mistake’

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HARARE – A respected Malawian journalist believes Zimbabwe is losing the plot by letting national football team coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels go.

After watching an experimental locally-based Warriors outplay the more experienced Malawian outfit for a sustained period of the Cosafa Cup semifinal in Zambia on Saturday, Blantyre-based scribe Peter Kanjere described Zimbabwe’s reluctance to tie down the 63-year-old German national to a long-term deal as “shocking.”

Zimbabwe sunk the Flames 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out after the match was drawn one all in regulation time in Lusaka at the weekend.

But Pagels, who took over as Warriors coach on interim basis in February, is set to leave his post and return to his native Germany after Zifa failed to offer him a permanent contract at the end of his short term.

“I couldn’t believe watching your wet-behind-the ears boys teasing and tormenting an experienced Flames, playing tiki-taka, stringing 20 uninterrupted passes…and to learn that you are letting go that man, who is making you play genuine football, is shocking to say the least,” an impressed Kanjere told the Daily News.

“It’s a reminder that we are indeed in Africa, of course Malawi dominated the second half, but you guys deserved to win. I have watched the Warriors for too long and I have never seen you play so organised.”

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