KALISTO Pasuwa is now standing in elite company, where you find the likes of Pep Guardiola and Unai Emery, after his historic four-peat success story in the Malawian Premiership.
The Zimbabwean coach guided his Nyasa Big Bullets to four major trophies, including successfully defending their league championship, to continue his record-breaking success story in that country.
Pasuwa’s Big Bullets won the league, FDH Cup, Castle Cup and Airtel Top 8 Cup in Malawi last season for a clean sweep of major honours.
It ensured that Pasuwa matched Guardiola, in terms of the major honours won, with the Spaniard guiding Manchester City to a record-breaking four major trophies.
The Citizens won the league championship in England, the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League before adding the FIFA Club World Cup with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Fluminense of Brazil in Saudi Arabia.
For good measure City also won the UEFA Super Cup but it can hardly be considered as a major piece of silverware given that only two clubs take part in the showdown.
While there is a huge difference between the class found in the Malawian championship when compared to the English Premiership, Pasuwa can argue that he can only win the trophies in his path.
He can also argue that history will remember him as the coach who won all the four major pieces of silverware in one season in Malawi.
Emery won four major trophies with Paris St Germain when he led his team to success in the Trophee des Champions, Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.
Other clubs who have won four major trophies in one season include Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Rangers, Ajax Amsterdam, Flamengo and Sao Paulo of Brazil.
The all-conquering Dynamos team of 1976 won the league, Nyore Nyore Charity Shield, BAT Rosebowl, Castle Cup and the Southern African Champion of Champions.
They could have had a clean sweep were it not for their semi-final defeat, in the Chibuku Trophy, to Zimbabwe Saints.
Other African teams to win four major trophies in one season include Zambia’s Nkana, Mufulira Wanderers and Kabwe Warriors.