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Kalisto Pasuwa rated 15th in Africa

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Suzgo Nyirenda

Nyasa Big Bullets Coach Kalisto Pasuwa has been ranked among the best 15 coaches in Africa.

The Zimbabwean, who guided his side to a 1-0 victory over AmaZulu in a Caf Champions League preliminary round first leg match, has made the list according to Africa Soccer Zone.

Pitso Mosimane of Al Ahhly is the number one rated coach followed by Moine Chaabani of Esperance Tunis and Faouzi Benzarti of Wydad Casablanca.

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Pasuwa was not readily available to comment Tuesday.

According to Africa Soccer Zone, Mangoba Mngithi of Mamelodi Sundwons is the fourth rated coach in Africa whereas Simba SC mentor Didier Da Rosa is rated fifth.

Samuel Boadu of Hearts of Oak is 14th whereas George Lwandamina of Zesco is rated 13th in Africa.

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The development comes after Bullets offered Pasuwa a one-year contract extension as his deal is expected to expire at the end of the season.

However, he is yet to commit his future to Bullets with just four matches remaining before the end of the season.

Bullets Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda said the club was not panicking to keep its prized asset.

“Our focus is on Caf Champions League and Super League matches,” Nyirenda said.

The Zimbabwean is on course to winning his third consecutive TNM Super League title as Bullets are three points clear at the top of the log table with 55 points from 26 matches. Silver Strikers are second with 52 points from 27 matches.

Football consultant Felix Ngamanya Sapao said Pasuwa deserved to be among the best in Africa.

“Pasuwa is a great coach and Bullets are lucky to have him. Several clubs in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Tanzania are interested in him. I hope he stays longer to bring more success,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pasuwa is out of the race to return to Warriors after Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) was set to appoint Norman Mapeza as caretaker coach Tuesday following the sacking of Zdravko Logarusic on Sunday.

Pasuwa, who was in charge of the Warriors from 2015 to 2017, was among five coaches who were earmarked to succeed Loga.

But The Herald Tuesday reported that Mapeza and Zifa were in talks Tuesday.

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