PASUWA HAILS NETONE
22 December 2016
WARRIORS coach Kalisto Pasuwa says money issues distract players and waste time whenever they are in camp.
For that reason, the Warriors coach believes the US$250 000 sponsorship deal for AFCON from NetOne, unveiled by Zifa yesterday, has come at a crucial moment.
He was speaking on the sidelines of the ceremony on Wednesday, an event attended by Sports and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane, NetOne board chairman Peter Chingoka, Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa and other stakeholders.
“We were having problems of money every time that we were in camp and as coach you would sit down with the players. Instead of concentrating on the tactical aspect of the game, you then concentrate on the money issues,” Pasuwa said.
The Warriors are set to start serious preparations for the 2017 AFCON finals set for Gabon in January.
They play Ivory Coast on Monday away using mostly the local-based players.
By January 2, Pasuwa will name his final 23 from the provisional squad of 31 announced this week.
“This fixture (Ivory Coast) was arranged when we were thinking that we would have our players before December 24.
“We later found out that most of the guys would come on the 25th. But now we have no choice but to fulfill the fixture.”
The former Dynamos coach believes the Ivory Coast challenge will still add something to their preparations.
“I would not say it is a waste of time. I have taken the local boys and we need to test them also.
“We will use the local boys that we had called in the provisional squad for AFCON,” he said.
Chances are also high that Ivory Coast will use mostly local-based players.
“Again on their side I don’t know which squad they are using. We will still test these guys’ character-wise and see how they fair when they are playing away.
“According to our plan, we wanted to get into camp on the 27th and we wanted to camp at the lowveld.
And then on the 3rd of January take off from here as per our arrangement, and then play Cameroon. But the Gabon game has not been confirmed as yet.
“The final 23 will be ready on January 2. We should have our final squad then before we fly,” said Pasuwa.