WASHINGTON DC —
Chicken Inn coach, Joey Antipas, has reportedly turned down a ZIFA offer to take over as Warriors coach replacing the sacked Kalisto Pasuwa, who was fired Thursday for allegedly holding the nation to ransom and violating some FIFA regulations.
According to sources close to ZIFA, Antipas this morning informed ZIFA that he cannot take up the post as he already has too much on his plate as Chicken Inn will be playing in the CAF Champions League.
His stance comes a few days after FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza also refused to accept the same job offer.
However, acting ZIFA president Omega Sibanda has come out guns blazing saying no one can refuse the call for national duty.
Pasuwa's departure, according to sources, was sparked up by differences with ZIFA over the appointment of Wellington Mpandare to replace Shariff Musa as Warriors team manager. Pasuwa insisted that he wanted his technical team intact.
Ironically Mpandare was part of ZIFA president Phillip Chiyangwa's election campaigning team.
The state-controlled Herald newspaper reports that Pasuwa is also accused of having ties with a player agent that has 16 players in the Warriors squad.
Indications are that this is a violation of Articles 1, 2 and 19 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
Other accusations are that he has been making too many financial demands while the players are in camp.
Indications are that ZIFA owes Pasuwa thousands of dollars in unpaid salaries and allowances.
More details to follow ….