Whither Zim football?

HARARE - With three-year bans staring both the Zimbabwe Under-20 and Under-17 football teams and thee disbandment of the senior national team, many football lovers have been left with one question: where is Zimbabwe’s football going?

Grandstanding seems to have become the norm of the Zifa leadership, with president Cuthbert Dube having spent no less than $24 000 in incentives for the Warriors this year alone, $10 000 being through the widely-publicised Mzansi90 Committee.

The latest failure of Zimbabwe Under-17 to travel to Congo, needing a reported $35 000 to make their trip a reality, has left many questioning Zifa’s administration skill.

Especially as this come against the backdrop of a $10 000 Murowa Diamonds donation meant for the Zimbabwe Under-17 African Youth Championship campaign.

How the money was used, in two friendlies against minnows Zambia with the Congo trip in sight, highlights the mismanagement at Zifa.

To add insult to injury, a number of the Young Warriors had taken the brave decision to sacrifice their Ordinary Level examinations to be part of team.

Zifa, not for the first time, have responded by laying the blame on the government’s doorsteps for failing to be “responsible” in assisting the association.

However, Sports minister David Coltart said: “There is some merit in their assertions, but the problem is deep rooted, we need corporate funding. It’s premature to say Zifa have failed but clearly there is still a lot to be done.”

In the event extends three year bans to the Zimbabwe youth teams, Dube says all hope is not lost.

“If the worst happens then we will have to resort to our schools and Division One and start from there,” Dube told the local media.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Under-17 football players who opted out of two Ordinary Level examinations in the hope of travelling to Congo for the decisive second round African Youth Championship qualifier have expressed their utter disappointment.

The centre back pairing of Livingstone Genti and Nyasha Munetsi forfeited their exams to make themselves available for selection ahead of the must win encounter in Brazzaville.

So unwavering was their desire to help the Young warriors overturn the 2-1 first leg defeat suffered in Harare last month that they had made a brave decision to postpone their involvement in the life changing national examinations to next year.

  “It’s obviously hurts but it’s something I have put behind me,” Genti, a Chemanza High Student said.
“I missed History and Shona. But still have four exams left to write. I have, English, Mathematics, Geography and Science, I will just do my best in those,” he added.

Munetsi, a Mabvuku High School student who also missed his opening exams, is likely to fulfil his remaining four Ordinary Level examinations.

However, reality for the centre-back pairing will stare them in the face as a clean sweep pass in all their remaining exams will not garner the required five O Level subjects to allow them to progress to next level. — Weekend Post

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