“There are issues to do with the duration of the contract and deliverables which have to be agreed on. These deliverables state our expectations for particular competitions.
ZIFA has finally handed a contract proposal to Warriors coach Kallisto Pasuwa, eight months into a job that has been marked by a topsy-turvy relationship between the 44-year-old and his employers.
Pasuwa has been doubling as head coach for the senior men’s and the national Under-23 side but without a contract for either role.
A letter of appointment, signed by then Zifa president Cuthbert Dube, was the only document that bound Pasuwa to the biggest job in local football.
The Philip Chiyangwa-led board has now taken the first steps to rectifying this anomaly and offered the coach a contract proposal “so he can study it” before they tie him down to the job and give him an office at Zifa’s headquarters.
His support staff are expected to sign their contracts after Pasuwa, as their terms of engagement will be linked to those of the head coach.
Sources privy to the contract negotiations said the association might need adjust their initial offer after tabling a deal with a salary that falls way below what local premier league coaches are getting.
Investigations by this publication shows that at least eight PSL head coaches are getting salaries ranging between US$3 500 and US$6 000.
The association’s chief executive, Jonathan Mashingaidze, yesterday said he was confident Pasuwa would put pen to paper before leaving for Rwanda on January 10 with the Warriors in the quest for a first ever continental title at the Chan finals.
Mashingaidze said like any contract of such nature, a set of deliverables have been set in the proposal presented to the coach, which among other targets includes guiding the local ensemble of the Warriors to at least a top four finish at next month’s Chan finals.
The former Warriors midfielder is expected to clinch Group L’s solitary ticket to the 2017 Afcon finals in Gabon and will be encouraged by the fact his men are currently log leaders with regional counterparts Swaziland on four points.
Fancied West African giants Guinea are at the foot of the standings on one point, the same as third-placed Malawi.
“Yes, something is being worked out and we are waiting for feedback from the coach after studying our offer,” said Mashingaidze.
“We expect him to sign before leaving for the Chan finals on January 10 after which we will then officially unveil him.
“There are issues to do with the duration of the contract and deliverables which have to be agreed on. These deliverables state our expectations for particular competitions for example for Cosafa it’s high time we are crowned champions.
“Ordinarily we want to be champions in every competition we enter but at the same time there is need to be realistic. So for Chan we would be looking at at least a top four finish and for Afcon we want qualification,” added Mashingaidze.
Pasuwa, without giving details, yesterday confirmed he has a contract offer on his table.
“They have made an offer but the best person to talk to is (my) manager (Gibson Mahachi),” said Pasuwa.
Mahachi was not picking his phone.
With regards to the association’s capability to pay the coach’s salary, Mashingaidze said the new board had partners waiting in the wings to offer such support.
“Remember there are people who have said they will support football financially after the ushering in of this board. His salary should thus not be a major impediment,” he said.
Pasuwa resumes duties this morning, after the team trooped back into camp yesterday evening.