Imagine what it could have been!

HARARE - In that delirium sweeping through Rufaro Stadium at the end of the 2013 African Cup of Nations Cup first leg tie between Zimbabwe and Angola, there was no mistaking the wishes of the fans.

Imagine if Knowledge Musona had been playing? Imagine if Musona and Nyasha Mushekwi had been here?

That was the underlying message in yesterday’s victory against an Angolan national team whose pedigree to turn around the 1-3 defeat in Angola is never in doubt.

The fact that an average Warriors posted an important victory which gives them a two-goal cushion before a potential humdinger in Luanda in the return leg, speaks volumes about our potential to qualify for next year’s continental football jamboree in the neighbouring South Africa.

But first, we must do self-introspection and ask: have we done enough to win over our fans who deserve better management from Zifa with regards to our national teams?

We have not!

If we fail to qualify for South Africa, Zifa must shoulder the blame.

The chaotic nature of our preparations for yesterday’s match and the bungling in sending letters of request to clubs where some of our players ply their trades, put into sharp focus the current state of our football administration.

Consequently, the blunders robbed us of our talisman — Musona and indefatigable workhorse Tinashe Kudakwashe Nengoshama — whose services were sorely missed.

This is why fans were left imagining what it could have been to have a full complement of the Warriors against the Palancas Negras who had an array of talent in their defeated side.

That re-ignited the debate on the seemingly unending finalisation of the Asiagate match-fixing scandal.

This has dragged for long to the extent of being detrimental to the success of our football.

The Warriors are on the verge of wasting away some of its finest talent that has been banned by Zifa pending finalisation of the match-fixing scam.

Justice delayed is justice denied.

The Asiagate saga has dragged for too long to the extent of eroding its good intentions, at least in the eyes of success-starved fans who want the Warriors to excel.

Justice Ahmed Ebrahim’s Ethics Committee, by now, should have concluded its findings. Yes, there is need to follow due process but for how long should Zimbabwe wait for the conclusion of the process?

What will happen if the likes of Mushekwi, Cuthbert Malajila, Kingstone Nkatha, Lincoln Zvasiya, Thomas Sweswe and others, are exonerated?

Surely it would be very painful and sad to reflect on what it could have been, had we got things right including expeditiously dealing with the match-fixing saga.

    Post a comment

    Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
    Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
    - Editor

    Your email address will not be shared.