ZIMBABWE national team coach Ian Gorowa is disappointed by the support they received in Bulawayo, three years after the Warriors stopped playing international matches at Barbourfields Stadium with approximately less than 5 000 people turning out to watch yesterday’s friendly match against Mozambique.
THANDIWE MOYO,OWN CORRESPONDENT
In a post-match interview after beating visiting Mozambique Mambas 2-1, Gorowa said: “I expected more people at the venue after what we sacrificed to bring the team here. We thought a number of people would watch the match.
“We came here and we did what we were expected to do. Although I am not convinced by the crowd that turned up we are happy with the result.”
Early this month Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze said the national team coach preferred to play his matches at Barbourfields and hence they granted him permission as the football body to do so.
He said the astro turf at Rufaro Stadium has outlived its lifespan and would probably use the ground if it was refurbished.
Rufaro Stadium was refurbished in 2009 in preparation for the World Cup in South Africa.
“Most teams use grass turfs and Barbourfields Stadium has a good ground. Rufaro Stadium has outlived its time and we will go back if Zifa refurbishes the ground. At the moment, we will continue using the ground until we are told otherwise,” he said.
The senior national team last played an international match in Bulawayo match in 2009 when the Warriors took part in the Cosafa Senior Men’s Challenge.
Last year, the Young Warriors played host to Botswana at Barbourfields Stadium.
Meanwhile, players from both teams paid tribute to the late international icon Nelson Mandela who passed away last Thursday.
A minute of silence was observed before the start of the match and players from both nations wore black armbands as a sign of mourning the former South African president.