Pa­suwa still be­lieves in Mukamba

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Lang­ton Nyak­wenda

FOR­MER Dy­namos gaffer Kal­listo Pa­suwa, who coached Den­ver Mukamba to two Premier­ship medals with DeMbare in 2011 and 2012, says the mid­fielder needs pro­fes­sional help to kick an al­leged drug prob­lem.

Mukamba has be­come a pale shadow of the man who won the 2012 Soc­cer Star of the Year award amidst al­le­ga­tions of abus­ing sub­stances like the cough mix­ture Bron­cleer, known on the streets as Bronco.

Yes­ter­day Pa­suwa — who guided Dy­namos to four straight league ti­tles be­fore tak­ing the se­nior men’s na­tional team to the 2017 Af­con fi­nals — said Mukamba could still bounce back.

He was ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing in Mu­fakose, Harare, where Le­ices­ter City-based Zim­bab­wean for­ward Ad­mi­ral Muskwe do­nated kits to Stan­ley Chi­ram­badare’s Re­vival Academy.

“I think (Mukamba) needs re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and it’s sad that it is said the habit has taken its toll on him,” Pa­suwa told The Sun­day Mail Sport af­ter the do­na­tion. “I still be­lieve in Den­ver be­cause I know the best is yet to come from him.”

Pa­suwa’s sen­ti­ments came af­ter Brazil­ian leg­end and Bal­lon d’Or win­ner Ri­valdo spoke out strongly against drug abuse by play­ers dur­ing a mo­men­tous visit to Zim­babwe last Tues­day.

“Stay away from drugs, it’s not good for you, they can de­stroy your ca­reer. We have var­i­ous ex­am­ples and most of them you know, of play­ers who have lost their way be­cause of drug abuse and al­co­holism,” Pa­suwa ad­vised Re­vival Academy play­ers.

“When I was still coach at Dy­namos I would even fol­low play­ers to their houses to find out what they were eat­ing, drink­ing or smok­ing. Dis­ci­pline is key. We do not want play­ers who go to South Africa and then come back af­ter just a sea­son,” said Pa­suwa.

Muskwe, who went to Eng­land when he was three years old, is now part of the Le­ices­ter City Un­der-21 side and yes­ter­day do­nated two sets of kits to Re­vival Academy, which is owned by for­mer Dy­namos left-back Ernest Chi­ram­badare.

Muskwe was rep­re­sented by mem­bers of the Zim­babwe For­eign Le­gions or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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