It's now an uphill task: Gorowa


HARARE – Zimbabwe national football team coach Ian Gorowa admitted his side now faces an uphill task to qualify for the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) after Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Zambia at Rufaro Stadium.

The Warriors put up a comatose performance in front of their own home crowd and now have to get a win or a scoring draw at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola this weekend if they are to qualify for their third Chan finals in the South Africa.

Zimbabwe laboured to break down a disciplined and plucky Chipolopolo defence led by captain Bronson Chama and goalkeeper Danny Munyau.

Gorowa, who took over from German coach Klaus-Dieter Pagels last month, now has to prepare his side for a tough second leg in Ndola against the former African champions.

“It’s going to be tough in Ndola but we are still in it. We have an uphill task in Zambia but yes it’s possible we can still win in Zambia,” Gorowa told reporters after the match.

The Warriors lacked any fluidity especially in midfield where Peter Moyo, Milton Ncube, Masimba Mambare and Devon Chafa failed to make any meaningful contributions.

Despite the Warriors’ glaring misfiring’s, Gorowa was delighted with his side’s performance.   

“But I’m not disappointed I’m actually happy with the character the boys showed,” he said.

“I’m happy with the performance but definitely not the result.”

Gorowa also defended his team selection and substitutions during the course of the 90 minutes.

The former Moroka swallows coach first brought in Tawanda Muparati for Milton Ncube at halftime before bringing in Ali Sadiki and Dominic Chungwa late in the second half.

“I don’t know which game you were watching maybe you were watching a different game altogether,” replied Gorowa when he was asked why he brought in Muparati to play wide on the left when he had Sadiki a natural winger on the bench.

“You can change your formation 10 times it all depends on the situation on the game.”

Chipolopolo assistant coach Masautso Mwale said they were pleased with the result and were now looking to finish off the tie in the second leg.

“They (Zimbabwe) have given us a good game. We were away from home so it was good result for us,” Mwale said.

“When they came to Ndola it will be positive. We have our fans there so we expect to wrap up the result at home.”

Comments (1)

I'd like to believe that our soccer has also been compromised. We couldn't hold on to a good coach & we hired a terrible one. Why is it that 60% of our passes are long balls? Truly we should blame the coach. Every ball that the defence gets, they want to pass to the striker. So what happens to the midfield? Any good coach can notice this. Varume this is terrible, the same team played better football in Zambia with a different coach, & now they play terribly with a local coach. I think we now have more questions than answers. Why change the system that worked in Zambia? It only needed a few tweeks. Everyone played a terrible game, even Charles couldnt comment, as last time he got into soup for telling the truth. This is terrible, nowander we didn't buy the rights.

Goddie - 19 August 2013

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