Chan can be Gorowa's ticket to stardom

JOHANNESBURG - I know I have written a lot about new Warriors coach Ian Gorowa on this platform of late but being the man of the moment, we need to continue giving words of encouragement to our most promising coach.

The upcoming Chan tournament to take place here in Mzansi in January and February next year provides Gorowa with a great opportunity to engrave his name among Africa’s rising stars in the coaching fraternity.

Thing is, for long this continent has relied heavily on imported ‘material’ most who do not understand Africa’s football dynamics. The end result has been poor showing by teams at bigger international stage as the World Cup and the Olympics. This has resulted in recent deafening choruses that it is time promising African coaches; plough back into their communities as a way of taking the sport to the next level.

I am glad the call seems to be getting positive response across Africa and Gorowa has joined that bandwagon.

More and more coaches of African origins are taking charge of their national teams and Chan might break the numbers with Zimbabwe having its own Special One among them.

In Wednesday’s draw in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, Gorowa’s charges were pitted against Uganda, Burkina Faso and Morocco in an exciting Group B that have its group matches in the Mother City of Cape Town.

Having been seeded among the 16 nations, Zimbabwe duly avoided tricky battles against hosts South Africa, Ghana or Nigeria.

The Warriors might have preferred however, to play their matches in more friendly venues like Polokwane or Bloemfontein but still they will have little complaints. Cape Town’s weather conditions are the most unfriendly among all of South Africa’s major cities and Zimbabwe would have preferred a warmer environment prevalent in the other two venues.

But that should be of little concern to Gorowa.

The Warriors coach is a Capetonian through and through. He played most of his soccer in Mother City with Ajax Cape Town and started his blossoming coaching career at the same club as assistant to Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.

Given this background, there is every possibility that Cape Town would have been Gorowa’s preferred location if he was to choose among the three CHAN venues.

It is like homecoming for the eloquent mentor and must use his long stay in the coastal city to Zimbabwe’s advantage.

Not that the Warriors need the unfair advantage. This is not the most of difficult groups by any stretch of imagination. Not at all!

Gorowa has shown, since given the job that this is something he has been relishing for some time.

The Zimbabwe national team job might not come with the most attractive perks some national coaches enjoy but coaching the Warriors will give the young mentor a massive platform to build his CV.

Another positive thing is that, since his arrival, the players seem to have developed this positive attitude of wanting to die for the country’s flag something that has been missing with previous squads.

The win over Zambia in the Copperbelt and the swashbuckling performance they showed against Bafana Bafana at Orlando Stadium attest of a team eager to win things and go places.

In Gorowa and this Warriors team, we must start believing.

*Tinotenda Panashe is our South Africa-based columnist. He can be contacted by e-mail at

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