Warriors fans blasted the Zifa Board, led by Cuthbert Dube, following Zimbabwe’s 0-0 draw against the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday.
Despite the pre-match hype that was rather killed by the hullabaloo surrounding the appointment of Belgian Tom Saintfiet to head the team and then deported a week before the important tie, the fans were still optimistic for the Warriors.
But as the Gabon based referee Ndume Sebastian blew his whistle to signal a 0 – 0 draw, Warriors fans poured out of the giant complex, out of pubs, up and down the whole country, asking what had gone so wrong.
Edmund Muhamba, a 24 year old from Chitungwiza blamed the Zifa circus that dogged the Warriors preparations for the “defeat”.
“Rubbish!” declared Muhamba after the final whistle.
“Cuthbert Dube (Zifa president) and his team should go.
We need someone out there, someone who cares.
Dube and his team don’t.”
Lloyd Chitiyo, 24, a Borrowdale resident said:
“Cape Verde deserved it.
They wanted a draw and from the start you could see they were tactically better than us.
We never look like a team, we are always individuals.”
But asked if caretaker Norman Mapeza who was clearly in control of the Warriors technical area on Sunday should pave way for Saintfiet, he said:
“Who else is going to do it?
I would stick with him (Mapeza)”.
Godknows Makonya (23) said, “I am gutted.
Cape Verde deserved the draw or even a win and that’s very hard to say”.
Although most of the fans debated the confusion on the appointment of Saintfiet and the leadership of Dube at Zifa, captain Benjani Mwaruwari’s name appeared on most of the fans’ lips.
“He is the weakest link in this,” asked a lady fan only identified as Natasha.
The Zimbabwean captain was at the end of some boos from a section of supporters after he stumbled on the ball with his first touch.
It was a cruel reaction from the fans, indeed.
However, others argued Mwaruwari is the best asset the country possesses at the moment.
“He is the best player we have in Zimbabwe, he plays in the best league in the whole world.
Why would he still be at Blackburn if he was not good enough, it shows he is a quality player.
The problem was with our midfielders, and not with Benjy.
There were no clean balls for him and even Knowledge Musona struggled because there was no supply to the front line,” said the visibly angry supporter.
The mood was more celebratory in the Cape Verde camp, with their coach Lucio Antunes clearly overjoyed by his achievement.
“This is not a draw but a victory for us.
Drawing against Zimbabwe away is the best thing we could do,” said the elated coach after the match.