Gumbo: The enduring hate figure

HARARE - No Zimbabwean football personality has courted so much controversy both as a player and coach than embattled national football team coach Rahman Gumbo.

The former Eagles and Highlanders player, whose tenure as national team coach is under serious threat following Zimbabwe’s failure to qualify for the African Nations Cup finals in South Africa next year, is no stranger to controversy and animosity.

The cocky and lanky Gumbo was in the eye of a storm following his crude tackle against Dynamos favourite Moses Chunga at Rufaro Stadium during the reign of the late Reinhard Fabisch’s Dream Team era.

Chunga, a victim of a gruesome knee injury during his stint as a professional in Belgium, had been recalled by the late German gaffer under pressure from the fans and the media to include the former DeMbare kingpin into his fabled Dream Team.

To prove Chunga’s fitness, Fabisch included the DeMbare legend in a Premiership Select that played against the Dream Team.

In that friendly, Gumbo, who was the holding midfielder for the Zimbabwe national side, went hard on Chunga close to the notorious Vietnam Stand and the popular Bambo went down in agony and never recovered to continue with the match.

Gumbo was pelted by angry DeMbare fans who felt that he had deliberately injured Chunga to protect his place in the Dream Team.

Gumbo’s standing as a hate figure among DeMbare followers has until recently been counterbalanced by an almost legendary status at Bulawayo giants Highlanders for whom he played and coached with distinction.

Popularly known as “Doctor Rush”, Gumbo won two league titles as Highlanders coach in 1999 and 2000 before he migrated to Malawi and Botswana where he also won league titles.

But never one to stay away from controversy, Gumbo threw his legendary status at the Bulawayo giants into the dust bin by luring Bosso’s best players to ambitious Zvishavane Premiership side FC Platinum whom he joined last year.

Taking the Ngodzo brothers, Zephania and Joel, and former Bosso stalwart defender Gilbert Banda to Platinum has plunged Gumbo from hero to zero among the Bosso fans.

With the fans of the two most popular clubs baying for Gumbo’s blood, it is not surprising that he has received little sympathy after failing to lead Zimbabwe to the Afcon finals in neighbouring South Africa despite carrying a 3-1 lead from the first leg in Harare two weeks ago.

Gumbo, who was surprisingly re-hired by Zifa as national team coach despite his poor performance in his first stint as Warriors coach, looks set to be fired by the football mother body soon.

If the Zifa board goes on to dismiss him as expected — will that be controversial Gumbo’s final dance with the Warriors?

Nobody can ever be too sure that the ex-Platinum boss has finally met his waterloo.

After Gumbo was fired following Zimbabwe’s humiliating 3-0 loss at home to Nigeria during the 2006 Afcon/World Cup qualifiers, many were convinced that Gumbo would never be in the Warriors’ dugout again. How wrong they were!

With his apparent nine lives, Gumbo shocked many when he bounced back last February as Warriors coach despite his wretched record in that capacity.

Comments (2)

This story is typical of most sport journalism in Zimbabwe where sports writers want to influence administartive or technical decisions infavour of the teams or individuals they support. You are already shamelessly telling ZIFA to fire Gumpo because of the tackle he made on Moses Chunga and claiming that Bosso fans also want Gumpo fired because of his inluence in the movement of Bosso players to greener pastures. Your basis of aguement towards firing of Gumpo is both shallow and emotional, devoid of the basic knowledge of sport science. Maybe it is the aim of your paper to stir trouble and controversy, please could you do that in politics and leave our sport to develop. ZIFA would be stupid to fire a coach on the whims of your correspondent, Vietnam or Soweto fans who seemingly believe coaching is as easy as drinking beer.

ByoSports & Recreation Forum - 20 October 2012

CLOSELY LOOKING AT THESE QUOTATIONS FROM YOUR STORY; With the fans of the two most popular clubs baying for Gumbo’s blood, it is not surprising that he has received little sympathy after failing to lead Zimbabwe to the Afcon finals in neighbouring South Africa despite carrying a 3-1 lead from the first leg in Harare two weeks ago. Gumbo, who was surprisingly re-hired by Zifa as national team coach despite his poor performance in his first stint as Warriors coach, looks set to be fired by the football mother body soon. If the Zifa board goes on to dismiss him as expected — After Gumbo was fired following Zimbabwe’s humiliating 3-0 loss at home to Nigeria during the 2006 Afcon/World Cup qualifiers, many were convinced that Gumbo would never be in the Warriors’ dugout again. How wrong they were! With his apparent nine lives, Gumbo shocked many when he bounced back last February as Warriors coach despite his wretched record in that capacity. I CAN SAFELY SAY ZIMBABWE HAS A LONG WAY TO GO WITH OBJECTIVE SPORT REPORTING. THIS IS DISGUSTING! THIS CORRESPONDENT IS NOT BETTER THAN THE ARCHITECTS OF THE ASIAGATE SCANDAL. HONESTLY, DOES SHE/HE THINK THAT BOSSO AND DYNAMOS FANS WORSE, THE VIETNAM AND SOWETO LOT CAN DICTATE TO ZIFA WHICH COACH TO HIRE? YOUR REPORTER BLINDLY CHRONICLES THE EXCELLENT COACHING RECORD OF GUMPO AND THEN TURNS AROUND AND CONTRADICTS HIMSELF BY SAYING GUMPO HAS A BAD RECORD IN COACHING SIMPLY BECAUSE THE WARRIORS LOST TO NIGERIA? WHICH COACH IN THE WORLD HAS NOT LOST A GAME? AND WHICH COACH IN ZIMBABWE CAN YOUR REPORTER NAME WHO HAS NOT LOST? THE REPORTER WRITES LIKE A DRUNK FAN SITTED AT THE VIETNAM OR SOWETO STAND- PLEASE GIVE US MATURE STORIES!

ByoSports & Recreation Forum - 20 October 2012

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