Play for pride: Gorowa

HARARE - Zimbabwe football coach Ian Gorowa has called on his players to avoid the unwanted record of failing to win a match in their failed 2014 World Cup qualification bid.

The Warriors, who anchor Group G with one point, take on Mozambique in their final qualifier at Rufaro Stadium tomorrow hoping to end a disappointing campaign on a high note.

Gorowa will for the second time in succession only have two days camp to prepare his charges.

This is after the Zimbabwe Football Association and the PSL reached an agreement to slot midweek Premier Soccer League fixtures, much to Gorowa’s displeasure.

“I’m not happy, I don’t want to mince my words on that one,” The former Zimbabwe international told reporters yesterday.

“It’s very rare to get a high profile international match. So obviously we are not happy with the preparations but there is nothing we can do but to soldier on and see if we can get a result. This has dampened our spirits and thrown spanner in the works. Anyway, can cry and cry and cry but it looks like nobody listens, but what more can you do as a coach.

It’s something which we can spend the whole day talking about, but the bottom line is I’m not happy playing with a team that has had two days of preparation against a team that has been in camp since the August 20. If you ask me if we are prepared for the match I will say no.”

But despite the shoddy preparations, the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows coach urged his players to defend the nation’s pride.

“This team does not want to set a bad record of finishing the World Cup qualifiers without having won a single game,” Gorowa said.

“Obviously we are very serious about this game. But it’s a tall order but they (the players) have to professionals.

I don’t want to take responsibility for something I was not in charge of,” said Gorowa in reference to the fact that the Warriors’ campaign failed under the rein of his predecessors, Rahman Gumbo and Klaus-Dieter Pagels.

“But we have to take responsibility as Zimbabweans and fight for our pride. We just have to win, and what more, we are playing at home.”

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