HARARE - An ill-prepared Zimbabwe side have reached the first round of the African Nations Championships (Chan) after yesterday’s draw against the Comoros.
The Warriors, who arrived in the Comoros yesterday, have won the tie 2-0 on aggregate after having won the first leg 2-0 in Harare two weeks ago.
Calisto Pasuwa’s side will now meet Lesotho in the first round of the qualifiers in October with the winner qualifying for the finals to be held next year in Rwanda.
Lesotho progressed to the first round when it edged Botswana on away goals rule after the teams were deadlocked 1-1 following the two qualifying matches.
For Zimbabwe it will be interesting to see whether Pasuwa will still be in charge of the team after his frustrations with Zifa.
The former Dynamos coach quit the team on Thursday after Zifa failed to meet his deadline for payment of outstanding salary.
Only the intervention of the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) finally convinced Pasuwa to travel with the team to Comoros.
Pasuwa’s manager Gibson Mahachi told the Daily News on Sunday that the former DeMbare coach will reconsider his position after returning from the Comoros.
“To tell you the truth, the situation is no longer conducive to keep on working under such conditions,” he said.
“What we are asking from Zifa is for them to be transparent when they are dealing with us. They are the ones who imposed the June 30 deadline upon themselves. When the date arrived, they remained quiet and we were the ones who were looking for them which was not right.
“When you promise to pay someone on a certain date, there are only two things to do. Pay that person on the agreed date.
“If it is not possible please communicate that you have faced challenges and you will not be able to meet the deadline.”
While Zifa was struggling to organise the travel arrangements for the Warriors, the association’s president Cuthbert Dube chose to travel to Canada for the Women’s World Cup final which is on today.
This latest debacle in which the team only left on the morning of the match is likely to add more pressure on Dube and his board to step down. Last month, the Warriors left by road on the eve of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi in Blantyre.
Despite the poor travelling arrangements, Zimbabwe were able to secure a 2-1 win.