CHAMPIONSHIP winning coach Kalisto Pasuwa has been invited to join a Malawian coaches’ body — the National Football Coaches Association (NCFA) in recognition of the sterling work he has done with that country’s football giants, Nyasa Bullets.
The coaches’ body want Pasuwa to be a member even though he is a foreigner.
The former Dynamos and four-time championship winning coach has turned himself into a cult hero at Nyasa Bullets having bagged two league titles in Malawi so far.
NCFA delegation led by chairperson Aubrey Nankhuni recently met Pasuwa and hailed the Zimbabwean tactician for transforming Nyasa Bullets and also grooming local coaches like Peter Mponda, Swadick Sanudi and Heston Munthali.
Nankhuni believes Pasuwa has a lot to offer Malawian football.
“This is his third season in the country having won two league titles and he is also a four-time league winner in Zimbabwe where he also took Zimbabwe national football team (Warriors) to the Africa Cup of Nations finals. We expect him to work with us as he has become an integral member in the development of football in Malawi.
“Look at the players Bullets called to the national team and they are already finished products,” he said.
Nankhuni said they were discussing with Pasuwa to join the association as his counterpart at Silver Strikers Daniel Kabwe (another foreigner) was already a member.
Pasuwa said the gesture by the Malawian coaches’ body was testimony that Malawi was indeed his second home.
“When I go to Zimbabwe I tell people that Malawi is my home and I feel highly honoured here. Malawian coaches can also learn from other coaches and by researching as football is life-changing career for everyone involved in it,” said Pasuwa.
Peter Fote, a sports journalist with extensive experience in radio and television reporting, told B-Metro Sport that the Pasuwa’s contribution to Malawian football could not be ignored.
“In the short space of time that he has been at Nyasa Bullets, the Zimbabwean coach has contributed immensely to local football and it’s only befitting that he joins the NCFA as a member. The local coaches that he works with will tell you that he is a delight to work with,” said Fote.