Conflicting reports over Pasuwa’s future

It appears as if Zimbabwe coach Callisto Pasuwa may be having a rethink over his reported decision to quit the national team.

The Warriors crashed out of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday night after losing 4-2 to Tunisia.

Prior to that they drew 2-2 with Algeria and lost 2-0 to Senegal.

Speaking after the Tunisia game, Pasuwa was quoted by the Herald as saying he was to end his reign in charge of the national team.

"Following Zimbabwe's participation at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, where we unfortunately failed to go beyond the Group B stage, I think I should step aside and make way for another coach to take over," he said.

But he has subsequently been quoted by the NewsDay publication as saying it's up to the Zimbabwe Football Association to decide on his future and that he is not going to hand in his resignation.

"What I can say is, it is my superiors who decide on how I have fared. So, maybe, I will hear from them whether they want to me to continue or not.

"I will also discuss with my manager, but in the end, it's ZIFA who decide on that."

He added that he feels the current Warriors side have a lot of potential: 

"It's unfortunate that we have been knocked out, but the potential is there, maybe it comes back to the way we prepared. 

"If you look at the three games that we played, we made mistakes in the first 20 minutes, we collapsed in the first 20 minutes and grew into the match. 

"We have learnt a lesson, but I think we need to keep these guys together for a long time, we need continuity. You can see that the potential is there."