Announcing his availability for selection for the Warriors’ CAF 2019 qualification campaign, Willard Katsande also expressed his reservations with ZIFA’s decision to fire Pasuwa in the wake of the Warriors Nations Cup early exit.
I think that’s a big mistake to let coach Pasuwa leave the Warriors. As we all saw he has built a monster of a team with this Warriors squad, he had instilled a winning culture in the Warriors. He made everyone fall in love with the Warriors again and I think for the sake of continuity we should have kept him in charge. He knows how to play in the qualifiers, he knows how to win those games and how to motivate the team. He makes every individual feel important in the squad. I think we took 20 steps backwards by removing him from the seat because I think the Gabon tournament was a hurtful lesson that we all learned, we learnt the hard way and now we must make sure the Warriors qualify for the next edition then we talk about going beyond the group stages.
The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder also defended the Warriors and said that they were good and that there was no need to dissolve the team. Said Katsande:
We have one hell of a good team with quality players and we need to keep them together for our development in football and that’s why I wanted continuity. Bringing in a new coach may be good, but we will be starting afresh and we have the big task of qualifying.