What to do with the ‘worryus’, Zifa and its technical team

THE Warriors hit new lows on Sunday when they were knocked out by Tanzania in the Orange 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) football qualifiers at the National Sports Stadium.

Wellington Toni

Cuthbert Dube
Cuthbert Dube

Shrill calls for the team to be disbanded and for the Cuthbert Dube-led Zifa board to quit are everywhere.

The Warriors had lost the first leg 1-0 a fortnight ago, and on Sunday drew 2-2 before a packed and shocked 50 000-strong crowd to bow out of Africa’s biggest competition at the first hurdle.

Now, this basically means, for the 2017 finals, we are at the same level as South Sudan, Madagascar, Swaziland, Namibia, Burundi, Liberia, Sao Tome and Principe and Mauritania who were also knocked out in the first round.

Between now and the end of 2015, there will be no continental football for Zimbabwe and we will only be back in action in 2016 and we will be content with watching other teams play in Morocco next year.

In 34 years, Zimbabwe have managed to qualify for the have finals just twice in 2004 [Zifa acting president was Vincent Pamire] and 2006 [Zifa president was Rafik Khan].

First, it was Sunday Chidzambwa and his assistant Rahman Gumbo who ensured the Warriors finally broke the duck before the most successful coach in the land quit.

Gumbo took over for the next campaign, but that was finished off by Charles Mhlauri after he [Gumbo] was fired after the home mauling by Nigeria.

Since then, we have come close twice, falling at the last hurdle against the Cape Verde Islands in a suspicious 2-1 loss and then 2-0 to Angola on the road to South Africa.

When the draw for the 2017 finals was made, we all thought this was the best chance for the Warriors to make a third appearance. But, alas, we have just been bombed out.

The Ministry of Sports played its part at the African Nations Championships (Chan) and that’s where the story ended. Andrew Langa does not have to bother Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa for funding anymore.

Chinamasa does not know when he is going to pay the civil servants and the pensioners, so this bunch of shameless losers is certainly not a priority for him. In fact, he might ask if the Warriors are part of ZimAsset, whatever animal that is!
To say Zifa is broke is an understatement – they are broken.

There is no sign that they will get any funding from anyone anytime soon. The only money they will receive this year is $750 000 from Fifa: $250 000 as Financial Assistance Funds (FAP) and $500 000 for the construction of their new headquarters.

Zifa president Cuthbert Dube has stated he cannot continue funding the national team. And this weekend, he bonded his house to pay for the Tanzania costs. He has to pay the lodge within 30 days or else . . .

The general demise of the Warriors is just a sign that things, on the whole, are not well.

Former Warriors coach and Zifa technical director Gibson Homela believes the national team must be disbanded forthwith and more resources directed towards the Under 17 and 20 sides.

“We must forget about Warriors and start development structures.
Zifa must make sure there is quality, organised football in schools, where coaches are qualified personnel. These developmental structures must start from zonal, district, provincial to national level.

“I don’t think the Warriors problem is a coaches’ problem. The fabric is not there in the juniors. Players that are being selected are average and the task ahead is very difficult. The quality of players from the Premier Soccer League is affecting our football. As a country, we are not prepared to compete at this high level. We are just short-circuiting things. Now that we are out for a very long time, it’s our chance to put our acts together,” Homela said.

Zifa has apologised for this mess, but that has not stopped calls for the board to resign.  Resignation means we cannot be banned by Fifa.

Government intervention, as some are saying, will get us banned and we might just have to do with Karikoga Kaseke’s samba queens and a half-naked Bev for the next two years!

Do our players deserve to be called Warriors?

The verdict

George Chigova

George Chigova
George Chigova

He is not the best goalkeeper in the land and despite Eric Chipeta’s horrible mistake, he should not have conceded that second goal. How does an experienced goalkeeper like Washington Arubi stay on the bench for two crucial games? What has Chigova done to displace Arubi? Arubi was deputy to Tapuwa Kapini and he is now deputy to Chigova. No, something is definitely wrong.

Hardlife Zvirekwi

Hardlife Zvirekwi
Hardlife Zvirekwi

How do you run and leave the ball behind you? Alertness and more alertness is what is needed. We need another right wing-back.

Milton Ncube

Milton Ncube
Milton Ncube

He is an attacking midfielder at Highlanders and was exposed on Sunday. Bruce Kangwa, without doubt, is the best natural left wing-back in the country at the moment and he needs to be in that team.

Patson Jaure
patson-jaure-(10)

First, does he deserve to be the captain? Can he command a team? Does he have the leadership qualities for the senior national team? Unanswered questions. A captain should be felt, he should have the presence, the charisma, the John Terry, the Steven Gerrard, the Patrick Vieira, the Vincent Kompany, or closer, the Peter Ndlovu or Norman Mapeza.

Eric Chipeta

Eric Chipeta
Eric Chipeta

Ball of nerves throughout the match. Has he already reached his peak? He has not been making such mistakes in the past, but his performance against Tanzania was shocking.

Danny Phiri

Danny Phiri
Danny Phiri
Marvellous to watch. Silent workhorse in midfield and needs to be nurtured.

Willard Katsande

Willard Katsande
Willard Katsande

Gritty and going forward very well. The same attitude that he has at Kaizer Chiefs must be seen at the Warriors, barring any stomach bugs.

Denver Mukamba

Denver Mukamba
Denver Mukamba
Rusty, injuries and the bench and Bidvest Wits have affected his play. He simply did nothing on Sunday.

Ovidy Karuru

Ovidy Karuru
Ovidy Karuru
Still has some good touches, we need him going forward. He has formed a good combination with Rodwell Chinyengetere and Khama Billiat in the past. We need this trinity with Knowledge Musona upfront.

Edward Sadomba

Edward Sadomba
Edward Sadomba
Good Caf Champions League record with five goals so far, but his club form has never translated to national form. If statistics and experience were used to get him into the starting eleven, then he should have partnered Kuda Musharu upfront.

Cuthbert Malajila

Cuthbert Malajila
Cuthbert Malajila
Last goal in 2009. Sorry, he was supposed to be nowhere near this Warriors team, not at all.

Subs
Tendai Ndoro

Tendai Ndoro
Tendai Ndoro
Misplaced passes, lack of accuracy, ambition high, but trying too hard to salvage the situation.

Kuda Musharu

Kudakwashe Musharu
Kudakwashe Musharu

Had the pace and hunger for goal. He scored six times for How Mine in the Caf Confederation Cup and has scored eight goals in eight matches in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League. How he came to be on the bench is anybody’s guess.

It was just a bad decision to leave him on the bench. Worse, some did not even want him in the final 18 yet, clearly, he is the best target man right now.

Pascal Manhanga – Played only eight minutes and had one shot at goal.

Way forward
Ian Gorowa should stay as coach, but he should change the composition of his technical department.

Zifa board: Resign

The ideal Warriors X1
Afcon: Washington Arubi, Eric Chipeta, Bruce Kangwa, Costa Nhamoinesu, Carlington Nyadombo, Danny Phiri, Willard Katsande, Kuda Mahachi, Ovidy Karuru, Khama Billiat, Knowledge Musona.

Subs (from): Rodwell Chinyengetere, Peter Moyo, Tendai Ndoro, Kuda Musharu, Qadr Amini, Simba Sithole, (Ajax Cape Town), Walter Musona, Tendayi Darikwa, Silas Songani, Patson Jaure.

Cosafa/Chan teams (from): Munyaradzi Diya, Kuda Musharu, Qadr Amini, Rodwell Chinyengetere, Talent Chawapihwa, Pascal Manhanga, Danny Phiri, Charles Sibanda, Masimba Mambare, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Dominic Chungwa, Ronald Chitiyo, Tapiwa Dephistara, Walter Musona, Livingstone Gent, Aleck Marime, Ozias Zibande, Stephen Alimenda.

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17 Comments

  1. Ipfungwa dzenyu vaToni sezvo murimi vanyori vebepa renyu,mogovazve muongorori wezvemutambo wenhabvu.Dambudziko ndipo parintangira kuti tsve zvekunyors zvinenge zvakaitika mava kutosarudzira coach achauya vatambi vaanofanirwa kuzodeedza,ongororayi pane nyaya musharukwa.

    1. true….kkkkk

  2. The blame is squarely on Cuthbert Dube’s shoulder’s. He cannot organise this game, even at primary school level. He does not love the game either, which explains why he does not attend local football matches. Whilst Dube is busy doing nothing for football, the coaches are busy picking the wrong team for important assignments. In most international matches, the younger Cuthbert has been busy jogging on the pitch when we would have assigned him to score goals for us. Why Malajila again and again when he has cleraly failed. Why Dube again and again when he has clearly failed. Curse of the Cuthberts? This is a case of failure by our coaches to pick players with hunger for goals. There are young players still hungry for success. Players who are crying to be noticed, but our coaching department are blind.

    And the government, why do they do nothing for our boys in the form of motivation? If we have a sports ministry which is not interested in football, a Zifa which has no interest in football, and coaches who never track players’ current form and pick players on the basis of national popularity, then we can only prepare for a disaster.

    Gwindi is right, there is nothing football about the current Zifa leadership.

  3. Mr reporter, if you can select the team it means you can coach it too. Walk the talk, kkkkkk

  4. only Mapeza can organise this team even asingatambire mari he has proved it wani.Our football has a lot of politics and sabotage… there are many better players out there e.g Costa Nhamoinesu,Temwanjira,Darikwa e.t.c but unotoshaya kuti zvinombofamba sei.Gorowa lacks the capacity to motivate players and his team selection z poor

    1. vusumuzi ndlovu

      Norman Mapeza lost to the cape verde as well.Darikwa has british citizenship and here in our country we do not tolerate dual citizenship so lets forget about him.Temwajira hmmmm check when was the last time he kicked the ball at his club

  5. Dembare Yangu

    I sense a spec of anti-Dynamos in the author’s DNA! Our biggest problem is Ca$hbert and his cronies at ZIFA. I concur with you on their resignation… Dont blame the players they are average and gave all they could…

  6. leave Cuthbert alone, its the only good job he has left, he also has a family to feed

  7. Wamambo Varidzi VeMasvingo

    This is the exact problem. When we want to look forward we go and ask Gibson Homela??

    What has he done for us to lo
    ok up to him?

  8. Toni if you were at the stadium you could see that our loss was just spiritual, we had a very disciplned display except that we could not exorcise the ghosts of Zimbabwe. Those goals we see them always on TV from better leagues so why blame Chogova. We have seen flashing headers, we have seen slips in best leagues and we have never heard of a team being disbanded. These players did well and played well I was at that stadium. So we have to exocise the Zimbabwe ghosts before we can talk of anything reasonable. You want the coach to have picked injured Musona and Billart and a doubting Costa Nhamoinesu? What the hell are you people saying Makatombotamba kana chikweshe iyemi?

  9. Zifa President who doest know where National Sports Stadium is. zimbos wake up.

  10. Thumbs up Tonni. The dynamos syndrome has killed our national team. Zim is not dynamos. sesidiniwe

  11. Disband everyone. Fire the whole lot and start from scratch. Trust me, this tesm will never win anything at this rate.

    Let’s talk in 2016 and see if the gods are smiling on us once again.

  12. I find your biased reporting disappointing its only Mhofu and Mhlauri that qualified of Afcon. I notice how you try hard to bring Rahman Gumbo into the picture. The fact is he was fired after we were at our lowest player indiscipline was at its highest. Players were frequenting night clubs so was Rush and Brenna Msiska and Zifa rightfully fired him after a public outcry. This was the same reason why he was fired at Bosso. Mhlauri took over winning a record number of all games losing only one. He qualified with a game to spare thats why he sent second string or locals to Nigeria. Rush was given a second chance and we all know how it ended as did that game against Young Africans at BF. Its strange you mention Rush but you did not mention the other assistant coach Brenna Msiska. Stop bringing Rush into picture when he contribution was not decisive in our qualification for 2006. This is poor journalism.

  13. The demons being cast out by Prof Makandiwa are cast from people but where do you think they go to. Of course they remain & reside in the stadium and they are noe haunting us. If the truth be told besides those two blunders we deserved to win by a very big margin. Please use Rufaro stadium National sports is now too spiritual. I rst my case but think about it. The team played very well but hey never play decisive matches at that stadium please

  14. Ndlovu the Speaker

    Ian Gorowa might be ok in the technical team bcoz he is not attached to any local club, but the inclusion of this dynamos Pasuwa and Mkhuphali is questionable. becoz of pasuwa he is now dynamonised we should reconsider Mhlauri, Sunday and R. Gumbo (between the trio to take over with Gorowa assisting). then back to players yes Billiat, Musona, Nyadombo, Mathew Rusike, Mahachi and Costa were injured but something better could have been done to replace them we have Quincy Antipas, Marvelous Nakamba(exciting left midfielder in France and a regular player), Nyasha Mushekwi, Method Mwanjali, Songani, Temwanjira, Darikwa, Prichard, Vusa Nyoni, Bruce Kangwa, Simba Sithole (Ajax), Onesimo Bhasera, Kingston Nkatha, Charles Sibanda.

    now that we are out more friendly matches for under 17, 20 and 23 should be organized as well as the warriors so that we know who should be put in the senior team or not. Moreover how can the first 11 always change, every time the new coach comes in the team totally changes. this is uncalled for. As a nation we should always know our possible eleven and the players that should be called to camp. Any player that graduates to the warriors should have a traceable record and trust not to see Pasca manhanga, Pfumbidzai, Chigova, Denvar, Malajila on the 1st eleven and not even on the bench. Players that should at least be seen coming from the bench are Milton and Jaure.

    ABOVE ALL CHANGE THIS ZIFA BOARD how can a technical team of 12 accompany 18 mighty players and yet you cry saying ZIFA is broke, is this being broke….NO………NO…….NO…….

  15. Y is noone talking about chibharo the man city u21 captain. Surely he is better than manhanga and co.

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