Gorowa lays out vision

HARARE - Ian Gorowa has vowed to transform Zimbabwe’s football team into an efficient and result-oriented side following his appointment as new Warriors coach.

The 42-year-old former Zimbabwe international takes over the reins from German national Klaus-Dieter Pagels, who was not offered a permanent deal by Zifa following the expiry of his short-term contract.

Gorowa, who made his mark as a coach in South African domestic football, conducted his first training session with the Warriors at the National Sports Stadium.

The Warriors are preparing for their African Nations Championships (Chan) qualifier away to Mauritius at the weekend.

“It’s a challenge, but first of all the fact that I have accepted the job shows that I am committed,” Gorowa told reporters on Wednesday.

“I am sure it will work out well, although I don’t have the in-depth knowledge of what’s going on (at Zifa). The fact that I’m here shows I have agreed and we are moving forward. Obviously there are issues which need to be ironed out.”

Asked how he would approach his job at the perennially volatile Zifa, the former Moroka Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns coach insisted that he would concentrated on coaching and turn a deaf ear to the internal politicking that characterise Zifa.

“Wherever you go as a coach you always try and improve and add whatever you can, maybe sometimes it’s also the nature and the character of the association. But you always try to improve. Remember I’m not an administrator, all I can do is coach and develop players. So the rest I don’t think I will get involved.”

Gorowa also revealed that he consulted former South Africa coach Pitso Mosimane after he was approached by Zifa. The former Black Rhinos and Dynamos forward enjoy a cordial relationship with the ex-Bafana Bafana gaffer. Gorowa replaced Mosimane as Moroka Swallows coach back in 2007.

“I spoke to a lot of guys who were in the same situation, like Pitso, just to hear how you approach such situations,” Gorowa said.

“Like I said, you take as much advice as you can but in the end you are your own man, you have to bring your own ideas to get results.

“I have got my own opinion and I have got my resolutions of the way football should be played, every coach is different.”

Gorowa said 2015 African Nations Cup qualification was his chief target.

“I think we are looking at 2015, which is two years from now. We want to go through to the Nations Cup especially. If we do qualify to play in the Chan tournament, I think that will be good for the players so that they keep playing at international level.”

Meanwhile, Gorowa has revealed that he was not involved in the appointment of assistant coaches Lloyd Mutasa, Jairos Tapera and Richard Tswatswa.

“I didn’t select the assistant coaches, Zifa has their own structure where the Under-23 and Under-20 coaches are assistants to the national team coach,” he said.

“What has just made the transition easy is I played with Pasuwa at Dynamos so we have a relationship. He has also earned his stripes after winning back-to-back championships with Dynamos.”

Squad: Tafadzwa Dube, Munyaradzi Diya, Hardlife Zvirekwi, Augustine Mbara, Eric Chipeta, Partson Jaure, Prosper Matizanadzo, Masimba Mambare, Devon Chafa, Charles Sibanda, Silas Songani, Nelson Maziwisa, Dominic Chungwa, Milton Ncube, Felix Chindungwe, Ali Sadiki, Tawanda Muparati, Simba Sithole.

Comments (2)


zIFA - 25 July 2013

For our national team to qualify for any major tornaments,Zifa must be run by former athilets who are also good administrators in their companies.

max - 25 July 2013

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