Nyasa Big Bullets FC has thrown its weight behind coach Callisto Pasuwa, saying the Zimbabwean tactician will see out his contract despite tales of doom and gloom following the team’s elimination from the CAF Champions League and the Fisd Challenge Cup.
Bullets chief executiveofficer (CEO) Fleetwood Haiya yesterday said Pasuwa’s targets did not includewinning the Fisd Challenge Cup as well as the Champions league.
“The target that we set for him was to win the TNM Super League and not the other tournaments.
“If he fails to win the league then adzaona msana wanjira [he will pack up and go] and his contract will not be extended, but should he win it then the prospects of offering him a long-term contract will be high,” he said.
Bullets were shown the exit door from the Fisd Challenge Cup on Sunday following a 2-0 loss to Silver Strikers which was preceded by their Champions league exit following a 4-3 post-match match penalties loss to Gor Mahia of Kenya.
Bullets hired the former Zimbabwe’s Warriors and Dynamos coach on a two-month contract in October this year and during his unveiling ceremony, Haiya said: “The performance measure that we have given him is to win the Super League title; thereafter, the board will determine the way forward.
“It is a short-term probational contract which will be based on his performance in the league.”
However, the Bullets CEO hinted that their expectation was that Pasuwa would guide them in the Champions League campaign.
After Sunday’s loss, Pasuwa told the media in a post-match interview that he was not sure if Bullets’ management would extend his deal.
“It will be up to management to decide on my contract, we still have some games to finish the season and our focus is to win the remaining games,” he said.
And in an interview with MBC Radio 2FM yesterday, Pasuwa challenged his charges to be mentally strong.
“This is the chance for them [players] to prove to management that they can do it,” he said.
Bullets only need a point from their remaining three matches to win the 2018 TNM Super League title and they could do it if they hold or beat Red Lions in Balaka this Saturday.