The Zimbabwe FA reinstates fired coach Kalisto Pasuwa

By Steve VickersBBC Sport, Harare
Zifa training centre

The Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has reinstated national team coach Kalisto Pasuwa after the country's sports minister intervened.

Pasuwa was fired on Thursday as a training camp for next month's African Nations Championship (Chan) finals was disbanded,

The move came 12 days into the tenure of new Zifa president Philip Chiyangwa.

Pasuwa was not willing to accept the appointment of Wellington Mpandare as team manager.

Mpandare was campaign manager for Chiyangwa for the 5 December Zifa elections, where the businessman took over from Cuthbert Dube as Zifa president.

Sports minister Makosini Hlongwane ordered Chiyangwa to come back from leave to address the situation.

"Appointing a new technical team with only a few days left to participate in the Chan finals may derail the preparations of the Warriors, since the new technical team will need time to acquaint itself with the task at hand," said Hlongwane in a statement.

"Football is a game of the people, a national project, a national asset and due care must be taken when making decisions that have the potential to destroy the rhythm of the game."

On Saturday Chiyangwa announced that Pasuwa and his technical team had been reinstated, following consultations with the Zifa executive.

"Differences are normal in any institution but it is imperative to solve them in an amicable manner," said Chiyangwa.

The players will regroup on Sunday and resume training on Monday. Pasuwa had been working without a contract and had gone unpaid for five months.

He was unbeaten in six games with the senior men's team, and also qualified the under-23 team for this year's African Games.

Zimbabwe finished fourth at the 2014 Chan finals and will play in Group D with Mali, Uganda and Zambia at the 2016 edition in Rwanda.