Gorowa laments lack of preparation time

HARARE – Zimbabwe national football team coach Ian Gorowa has blamed shoddy preparations for their failure to beat Mozambique in a 2014 World Cup Group G encounter at Rufaro Stadium on Sunday.

The Warriors were held to a 1-1 draw by the Mambas which means that they finish the campaign bottom of the group with a paltry two points from six games.

Gorowa’s team started the match brightly through a first half strike from captain Masimba Mambare before a lack of endurance allowed the Mambas back into the match towards the end of the match.

To their credit, the Mambas accordingly exploited their opponents’ weakness and found the equaliser in the 68th minute through second half substitute Manuel Fernades.

“Obviously I’m disappointed that we didn’t win but it was difficult for the boys and you saw it in the end their legs gave in,” Gororwa said after the match.

“The players played on Wednesday and they played on Thursday what did you expect?

“This team we were playing against had been in camp since the 20th of August. My concern is the preparations.

“It’s not an excuse though but the preparations were not good, the players where tired from the midweek games and only got into camp two days before today’s game.

“We can’t compete (like this). I complained about this but there was no one who listened. They (players) actually did well to get a point.”

The former Zimbabwe international was happy that the Mozambique tie gave him a chance to try out new combinations as they gear up for next year’s African Nations Championships in South Africa.

“(Kuda) Mahachi and Bruce (Kangwa) did not do too bad. We are still trying to see who is who.”

Mambas captain Elias Pelembe said the draw was a positive result.

His coach Jaoa Chissano however downplayed the outcome saying it meant nothing since they were out of contention for a place at next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The Mambas finished Group G with three points.

“We are not happy because we did not qualify for the next round,” he said.

“We would have preferred to have won in Maputo but we drew.” 

Zimbabwe will now shift their attention to tomorrow’s international friendly against South Africa.

Comments (1)

There were 2 soccer commentators yesterday, where one of the criticised supporters for booing the national team. I was happy when the other one, instead of supporting him, commended the supporters for doing that so as to show their disappointment to the way they were playing. Afterwards there was about a 15 second silence, I guess he didn't expect a negative response from his suggestion of shifting soccer games to other cities if they continued booing. We'll his opinion can be accepted to a certain extent if Zimbabweans want to promote soccer venues of other cities & not Harare or Bulawayo. So coming back to the booing, the reason for it was because of a second half poor performance. Gorowa took a back seat after scoring & he thought he had won. His move of removing the midfield (Peter Moyo) that resorted to our so called traditional game of only playing the defense & the strikers was chaotic, which ended up in an equaliser. I personally think that mixing good & bad players to make a better team doesn't work at the moment. A player like Zvirekwi doesn't fit into the squad & to be honest why is Mambare a captain? Moyo has got more dominance to games, please award him the captaincy. The last game against Zambia, Zvirekwi was busy passing the ball to Ndoro, but he was a defender. Yesterday, he didn't even see the ball. The passing has improved though. I commend you for playing better in the first half. Kudos to your left wingers, the defense has improved, but we still need a striker. If you can do us a favour of calling Pagels so that he helps you on strategy, rather that criticise his selection process. I think we learned one or 2 things about playing as a team from him.

Goddie - 9 September 2013

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