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ZIFA fires Warriors coach

THE Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has sacked national team coach Kalisto Pasuwa ahead of the 2016 Rwanda African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals.
Pasuwa was fired together with the entire Warriors technical bench.
Zimbabwe open their CHAN campaign with a tricky tie against rivals Zambia on January 19 in Gisenyi.
Other teams in Group D are Mali and Uganda.
Pasuwa has been replaced with Chicken Inn coach Joey Antipas.
According to the Herald, the decision to sack Pasuwa was made during the ZIFA extraordinary executive committee meeting on Thursday.
“At an extraordinary meeting of the ZIFA executive committee on December 17 in Harare, it was resolved that the technical committee led by Kallisto Pasuwa be relieved of their duties with immediate effect.
“The following have been appointed to take charge of the 2016 CHAN tournament and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign. Head coach Joey Antipas, first assistant Tonderai Ndiraya, second assistant Mandla Mpofu and goalkeepers coach Joe Nkomo,” said ZIFA vice-president Omega Sibanda in a statement.
Pasuwa has been in charge of the team for seven months after replacing Ian Gorowa.
Pasuwa’s dismissal appears to have been triggered by a fall-out with Sibanda when the coach refused to have team manager Shariff Musa sacked.
Mussa has since been replaced with Wellington Mpandare.
“National team camp is hereby dissolved with immediate effect and new camp dates will be announced in due course,” Sibanda said.
Mussa is popular as he used his personal money to bail out the cash-strapped ZIFA.
Pasuwa qualified the under-23 national team for the 2015 Congo-Brazzaville All-Africa Games.
He leaves Zimbabwe top of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Group L qualifying race comprising Malawi, Guinea and Swaziland.

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