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‘Zifa must focus on winning’


Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters’ Association leader Eddie Nyatanga says Zifa must put aside their differences with his organisation and work towards improving the performances of the Warriors. Nyatanga was speaking to NewsDay Sport ahead of Sunday’s second 2014 World Cup qualifier against Mozambique which comes after the Warriors 1-0 loss to Guinea last weekend.

“I have nothing personal about anyone or anything.
It is Zifa who should put their act together and stop alleging (interference of) a third hand everytime things go wrong. We all love the national team and we are disappointed when it loses. So Zifa must work towards ensuring the team wins instead of pursuing agendas against certain people.

“For the record, I have nothing personal against Rahman Gumbo (Warriors interim coach) and we have been together since the days of the Dream Team. I am not aligned to any coach at all,” Nyatanga said. In the 1-0 loss to Guinea last Sunday, a section of the fans called for the return of suspended coach Norman Mapeza. They also threw missiles at the end of the match. The Warriors failed to train on Wednesday afternoon after they were locked out of the National Sports Stadium.

On both occasions, Zifa saw a “hidden hand”, but Nyatanga said it was results posted by the Warriors and the general poor administration at Zifa that was to blame and not the unseen “hidden hands”.

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