Please fire the Zifa board

HARARE - After leading the Warriors to a disastrous African Cup of Nations campaign, embattled Zifa president Cuthbert Dube came out guns blazing saying he will not resign because he wants to rid the game of corruption.

Dube must learn to respect the beautiful game and the millions of people who were left heartbroken when the Warriors predictably bowed out of the Africa Cup of Nations in losing to Angola.

The heartbroken fans of the beautiful game have all been blaming Zifa and we tend to agree with them because under Dube, we have seen a manifestation of political interference in the game at the expense of development.

We have witnessed paranoid Zifa officials, fighting viciously for personal survival at the helm of football and in the process sacrificing the game.

As the Daily News, we will maintain that Dube and his entire board must resign and pave way for a more professional board.

We will not go back into how this current board was elected into office because everybody involved in the game is aware of what happened, but we will criticise them for what they did while in office.

Commendably, Zifa unearthed the Asiagate scandal and we support any action to be taken against all those found guilty of match fixing.

But we do not agree with the way the current board personalised the Asiagate scam to the extent of affecting our Warriors’ qualification.

At Zifa House it was all about the Asiagate scandal and they forgot there was a national team to take care of.

We were all made to believe that Asiagate was more important than the performance of the team on the pitch and the result is that the Warriors failed at the last hurdle.

Firstly, the appointment of Rahman Gumbo as head coach was strange on its own — how could serious people appoint him coach when he was struggling at FC Platinum? How on earth did they reach this decision?

Secondly, poor decisions bordering on naivety and ignorance affected the Warriors’ qualification.

At home, Zimbabwe had an opportunity to take a healthy lead and what did the Zifa board do —they hiked entrance fees and the result was that very few supporters managed to attend the match. It was a recipe for disaster and indeed it turned out to be such in Luanda on Sunday.

Lastly, this Zifa board is very unprofessional. They spend time fighting those who oppose them at the expense of the beautiful game.

The bottom line is this Zifa board must go for failing the whole nation with their inept administrative tactics.

Can someone please fire this Zifa board. - Staff Writer

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