Days after leading Nyasa Big Bullets to a successive TNM Super League title, Zimbabwean coach Callisto Pasuwa’s contract is due for expiry at the end of the month.
And while the People’s Team’s chief administration officer Albert Chigoga says the former Zimbabwe national team and Dynamos FC coach will stay put, his manager Gibson Mahachi yesterday said “anything can happen”.
In an interview yesterday, Chigoga said they are happy with the league title defence, but they are more impressed with the Zimbabwean gaffer’s successful team-building project which saw a number of youngsters such as Charles Petro, Nixon Nyasulu, Peter Banda, Chimwemwe Idana and Hassan Kajoke making an impression in their debut season.
“We did not set any targets for him [Pasuwa]. The, priority was the team-building project which has been a huge success as the predominantly youthful squad performed beyond everyone’s expectation to win the league.
“So, we saw this coming. We have a good coach and we do not want to lose him. The [contract renewal negotiation] process has already started, he is very happy at Bullets,” he said.
Chigoga also said contracts for Pasuwa’s backroom staff, including his assistant Peter Mponda, will also be reviewed soon.
“The arrangement is that the head coach’s contract should be in line with his backroom staff in terms of the period,” he said.
However, speaking in an interview from Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, Mahachi said: “We thank God for his [Pasuwa] success. So, we will sit down in the next few days to see what comes up.”
Asked about the chances of his client extending his romance with the People’s Team, Mahachi simply said: “We will see… But anything can happen.”
Pasuwa is reported to have been approached by Tanzanian giants Simba Sports Club.
Bullets sealed their 14th league title with a 2-0 home win over Kasungu-based TN Stars at Kasungu Stadium.
With their age-old rivals Be Forward Wanderers breathing down their neck, Bullets needed a win and they did it to perfection on the final day as the Nomads also beat Mlatho Mponela 3-0 in Lilongwe.
Bullets finished the season with 70 points, just a point above the Nomads who sat pretty at the summit for the better part of the season only to lose the plot in the second round.