Warriors coach must cast net wider

EDITOR — New Zimbabwe national football team coach Ian Gorowa has done well to salvage the battered image of our national team by leading them to qualification for next year’s Chan in South Africa.

Zimbabwe has equally talented players compared to African power  houses like Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Even though Klaus-Dieter Pagels did well by showing faith in younger players, experience is still needed.

This is why senior national team players like Tapuwa Kapini, Cuthbert Malajila, Tinashe Nengomasha and Esrom Nyandoro are still needed to guide the younger generation.

It makes no sense for the coaches to ignore them when they are still playing top flight football.

France reached the 2006 World Cup final, with the likes of Claude Makelele, Zinedine Zidane, and Patrick Viera who were way into their 30s.

They were guiding the younger generation that included the likes of Patrice Evra, Frank Ribery and Hugo Lloris who have since gone on to form the core of the current France national team.

France is not the only side that  retained senior players, Frank Lampard at 35, Steven Gerrard at 33, are going strong for England guiding the likes of Jack Wilshere and Tom Cleverley.

Football is all about tactful awareness and all round ability.

This is why Gorowa should cast his net wider.

A large pool of players will help him realise the long term goals.

Upcoming generation players like Abbas Amidu, Silas Songani and Maxwell Nyamupanedengu need the guidance of players who have experience.

We have players scattered across Europe that were being ignored.

Players like Mike Temwanjira, Costa Nhamoinesu, Dickson Choto, and Quincy Antipas have European experience that is valuable when playing teams from West Africa who have many individuals who ply their trade in Europe.

Papa Lapa,

Glen Norah

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