We need to change our sports culture

HARARE – Quite often we hear of the Warriors struggling to fulfil an important match, or extending a begging bowl to pay for airfares.

I grew up in this kind of culture to a degree that I was meant to believe that such headlines on the back pages of national newspapers before every international match was normal.

Only until, thanks to the exposure and opportunities afforded to me by this profession, I discovered that we were doing things the primitive way – a culture which must be outgrown and discarded.

The tragedy is that this culture is not only prevalent in football.

Our major sports too often are found wanting when it comes to preparation, and utterly lack the skill to take issues of critical concern head on.

Let me take you back to January when a nasty racial row rocked Zimbabwe Cricket ahead of the national side’s tour to the West Indies.

So unpleasant was the row that the ZC board, in a very noble move, called for an urgent summit “to unpack the elements of our strained race relations.”

That race indaba, to be attended to by all Zimbabwean cricket stakeholders, was supposed to be held soon after the Caribbean tour. The tour came and went, but the indaba never saw the light of day.

The danger of sweeping dirt under the carpet, instead of cleansing it once and for all, is that the muck will likely resurface.

Only two months ago, rugby found itself in familiar turmoil, shaken by a player-management dispute before the Africa Cup competition in Madagascar.  Senior players were demanding the sacking of team manager Losson Mtongwiza before the trip. 

The standoff resulted in the sacking of over 10 key players, almost jeopardising the team in an important tournament which serves as part of the 2015 World Cup qualification process.

The dispute cost Zimbabwe their African Cup title, but thankfully, the Sables stayed in contention for a World Cup berth courtesy of their Group 1A place which they successfully retained.

Typically, though, everyone has gone back to their comfort zones following that fiasco in the run-up to Madagascar. The player issues remain unaddressed, and in just under eight months, Zimbabwe will launch its final mission to qualify for the World Cup.

There is nothing in sight in terms of preparations. Get off the couch, guys, and start working. The time is now, not a month or two before the all-important tournament.

Feedback: muchinjoe@dailynews.co.zw.

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