HARARE – Incoming Zimbabwe national football team coach Ian Gorowa has chosen Dynamos gaffer Calisto Pasuwa to be one of his deputies.
The two played together at Dynamos in the 90s before Gorowa moved to South Africa.
Pasuwa’s stock as a coach has risen significantly in the last two seasons after guiding the Glamour Boys to consecutive league and cup double in 2011 and 2012.
Gorowa, who is replacing German expatriate Klaus-Dieter Pagels, has also roped in his former teammate at Black Rhinos, Jairos Tapera into a technical set-up that will oversee the Warriors’ match against Mauritius in a Chan qualifier on Sunday.
Richard Tswatswa bounces back into the Warriors fold as goalkeepers’ coach while Patrick Mutesva continues to be the acting team manager in Sharrif Mussa’s absence.
Zifa offered Gorowa a long-term contract and the former Black Rhinos and Dynamos forward expressed his desire to work with his former teammates in a new set-up.
The 42-year-old former Zimbabwe international — who horned his coaching skills in South African domestic football, and Pasuwa had a meeting with Zifa Tuesday in the capital to discuss some finer details of their contracts.
Zifa president Cuthbert Dube is expected to make an official statement Wednesday on the appointment of the new Warriors coaching staff.
Gorowa was last year ?appointed by Zifa as the Warriors’ special assignments coach, based in South Africa, but never worked closely with the team until the just-ended Cosafa Cup in Zambia.
The Warriors, who lost to hosts Zambia 2-0 in the final of the Cosafa Cup at the weekend, will regroup today at the National Sports Stadium.
The team is expected to leave tomorrow with Gorowa and his technical team expected to name the final 18 after the afternoon session.
Even before they have ironed out some of the contract negotiations, Gorowa wasted no time in assuming charge of the team as he named a team for the weekend’s match in Mauritius.
Gorowa returned the majority of the players who did duty in Zambia as he only dropped Black Mambas’ Nicolas Alifandika and Black Rhinos’ Lot Chiunga due to injuries.
The duo were replaced by Dynamos defender Partson Jaure and on fire Highlanders forward Milton Ncube.
There seemed to be confusion yesterday as Zifa communications officer Xolisani Gwesela was still insisting that Pagels is still in charge.
“As Zifa our position is that Pagels is still in charge. The board will make a statement if there are any changes to the technical set-up. Nothing has changed,” he said.
The Warriors have been to the last two editions of the Chan tournament in Cote d’Ivoire in 2009 and Sudan two years later.
The winner of the second and final round of the qualifiers will advance to the 2014 Chan tournament in South Africa.
If the Warriors beat Mauritius, they will face either Zambia or Botswana in the final round.
Squad: Maxwell Nyamupangedengu, Tafadzwa Dube, Munyaradzi Diya, Felix Chindungwe, Ocean Mushure, Nicholas Guyo, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Prosper Matizanadzo,Eric Chipeta, Masimba Mambare, Ronald Chitiyo, Charles Sibanda, Silas Songani, Devon Chafa, Tendai Ndoro, Simba Sithole, Last Chibwiro, Partson Jaure, Milton Ncube