Pasuwa in charge of Bullets: Picture with permission from Bullets FC via Facebook at FCB Nyasa Big Bullets.

Why a coach who stunned Benni McCarthy is a perfect fit for Chiefs

Amid all the names being linked with Kaizer Chiefs’ job, a surprise name of Kalisto Pasuwa has emerged in the picture.


Pasuwa in charge of Bullets: Picture with permission from Bullets FC via Facebook at FCB Nyasa Big Bullets.

It is a no-brainer that Kaizer Chiefs’ in-tray at Naturena is overflowing with resumes from coaches. The Motaungs must be entertaining phone calls from job seekers. Amid all the names being bandied around, including that of Pitso Mosimane, a surprise name has been suggested for the Chiefs job. Zimbabwean coach Kalisto Pasuwa, who stunned then Benni McCarthy-led AmaZulu FC, has emerged as a perfect fit for Chiefs’ hottest post.

The Soweto giants are on the market head-hunting for a substantive handler. They want to fill the void created by Molefi Ntseki’s exit. Cavin Johnson is currently holding fort.

ALSO READ: Will Chiefs make a move for Pitso, following his recent views?

Coaching Kaizer Chiefs? Pasuwa who?

For some days now, Pasuwa’s name has crawled its way into Chiefs’ coaching job narrative. Chiefs’ fans, who have been starving for trophies, would be forgiven if they asked: Pasuwa who? However, in terms of coaching pedigree on the elite level, the Zimbabwean is up there among Africa’s finest coaches.

Pasuwa is in charge of FCB Nyasa Big Bullets in the Malawi Super League. Pasuwa has turned Bullets into an-all conquering machine after winning five league titles on the trot. They are Malawi’s own answer to the question of Paris Saint-Germain of the French Ligue1. So far, the voice of reason calling for Chiefs to consider the former Zimbabwe’s Dynamos FC gaffer has echoed from an unlikely prophet. It has come from former Mamelodi Sundowns’ star Alois Bunjira.

ALSO READ: Coach ratings: Kaizer Chiefs candidates

Why Pasuwa might be Chiefs’ interesting fit

“If Kaizer Chiefs cannot land Pitso Mosimane, I think they should seriously look at Zimbabwean gaffer, Kalisto Pasuwa, who has won nine league titles in the past nine years in two different countries so far,” Bunjira wrote on his Facebook page, according to

There is talk of Mosimane being the hot favourite to awaken the sleeping giants of Soweto. However, Jingles never comes cheap. The Soweto-based side might find Pasuwa an interesting fit. Afterall, he is tactically astute. He is an elite progressive coach.

ALSO READ: Pitso sends message to Kaizer Chiefs bosses?

How the Zimbabwean has won 9 league titles in a row

Pasuwa has installed a template of superior brand of attacking football at Bullets. The Zimbabwean has just retained Malawi’s TNM Super League title with a depleted squad of young and average players such as Lanjesi Nkhoma. More tellingly, two years ago, the Mutare-born gaffer had the courage to let go of 12 seasoned campaigners, including ex-Orlando Pirates star Chiukepo Msowoya. Bullets somehow still reclaimed the league title.

Only blot for the former Warriors gaffer

The only blot on the resume of the quiet coach has been his struggles in Africa. Bullets have not made it past the CAF Champions League preliminary round phases in the last five years. This year, the Malawi football kings were outplayed and knocked out from the Champions League second round by eventual Sundowns’ slayers, TP Mazembe.

However, the former Warriors mentor proved that he is a top-notch coach when he last visited Mzansi. His Bullets stunned Benni McCarthy-led AmaZulu 1-0 in a Champions League first preliminary round contest in 2021 in Durban.

ALSO READ: What’s Chiefs Johnson secret about Khune?

Back home in Zimbabwe, Pasuwa delivered on all fronts. He led Dynamos to four consecutive league titles before picking the Malawi job. His time with Warriors saw them qualify for the AFCON finals.

Medicine man the doctor ordered for the Soweto giants?

Pasuwa knows how to survive and thrive in high pressure environments. Bullets and Dynamos have very demanding fans. Pasuwa didn’t need time to adjust when he arrived at Bullets in 2018. He hit the ground running and has nine major trophies under his belt now.

The 53-year-old knows how to manage big characters that if handled carelessly can divide teams. While with the Warriors, he managed the likes of ex-Sundowns and Chiefs winger Khama Billiat. Chiefs might find Pasuwa as the right man to steady the ship.