Gorowa must ban Katsande, Nkhatha

HARARE - Zimbabwe national football team coach Ian Gorowa should come down hard on Willard Katsande and Kingston Nkhatha for snubbing a call-up to represent their country against Tanzania this weekend.

Gorowa had included the two Kaizer Chiefs players in his squad for the 2015 African Nations Cup (Afcon) qualifier against the Taifa Stars set for Dar es Salaam tomorrow.

Katsande and Nkhatha for different reasons, opted to pull out of the tie at the 11th hour disrupting Gorowa’s plans and preparations.

Players are allowed to be excused from national duty but the Kaizer Chiefs pair gave flimsy reasons for opting out.

The norm is when a player is injured while playing for a club, they are required to report for national duty and are assessed by the national team doctor.

It is the national team doctor in consultation with the club doctor who certifies whether a player is not able to take part in an international assignment or not.

Gorowa decided to completely drop the two out of his plans and work with the bulk of the local-based players who showed commitment by honouring their call-ups.

To send a clear message to other players who might also snub Warriors’ call-ups in the future, Gorowa must take further action against the AmaKhosi duo.

A four or five match-ban from the national team might be appropriate for Katsande and Nkhatha.

In the past week, we have seen a number of national coaches coming down hard on errant players when naming their respective 2014 World Cup squads.

France coach Didier Deschamps, who dropped midfielder Samir Nasri from the Les Bleus squad, is one coach who has taken a firm stance against player power.

Nasri was an influential figure in Manchester City’s title winning campaign in the just-ended English Premier League season but Deschamps dropped the 27-year-old from his squad due to the fact that he is not a “team player” and disrupts the harmony in the group if he is asked to start on the bench.

A host of big name players will not be in Brazil for different reasons with coaches wielding their axes to show that no one is indispensable.

The likes of Carlos Tevez, Diego Lopez, Kaka and Robinho all missed out.

Gorowa must also exercise his powers to see to it that Katsande and Nkhatha serve some sort of bans from the national team.

Comments (12)

He may not need to as we are probably going to be eliminated by Tanzania.

mukwerekwere - 19 May 2014

they must be banned completely

Ini - 19 May 2014

Zvinhu zvichifamba ma players aya anenge achionererwa kana vapera bhora vadzoka kumba vanenge voita sokunge vanoda nyika yavo, tiri kukuonayi ana Kingston nana Willard

Nyamhangambiri - 19 May 2014

Willard could have helped a bit ,but for Nkata I doubt if he is worthy the call

chimuti - 19 May 2014

Ah why wasting time Gorowa this is a true reflection of the players characters so Keizer Chiefs be warned of these 2 players who are not patriotic to their causes the next thing these players will even abscond Keizer Chiefs obligations by comming up with flimsy excuses, So Gorowa dont waste your time what i suggest you do write a letter to Keizer Chiefs or alternatively when these guys ask for transfere letters to join prospective teams just ignore them bcz they will still need to move to other new teams Keizer Chiefs is not the end of the road kkk

Keizer Chiefs - 19 May 2014

dai vakauya tairova tanzania here. vakangodhinhikawo nekuti nyika yacho nebhora racho zvese zvakadhakwadhakwa

biggie smalls - 19 May 2014

maya, ndimi makatodhibha manje coz mese u not pointing at the problem. hapana asingade zvakanaka, vamouya kuno votamba mutambo vozotambidzwa cash dzavo neZifa after a year instead yekunge vachila zvavo vari paJozi apa with no losses. Nyaya iripa motivation, its no longer a joy for us to come play home chero kukanzi its giving back to the nation, can Zim Soccer do better. hatidi hatidi and hatife mukatisnubba muma future matches if not ese hawo

willie - 20 May 2014

Willie has a point, Zifa should pay the players on time since its also their means of surviving. Shame to Zifa failing to invest into the sector which it stands for, no strong junior policy at all and so how do we expect to improve our national soccer even in future? no way......

MAFIRAKUREVA - 20 May 2014

Usanzwe Godza iwe, ndiwe unozviurayira team yako wega tikazokudzinga mbayi mbayi. make yo own decisions at yo own risk

sahwira waGorowa - 20 May 2014

Thanx Nkata naBute thr is no point to come kuzotambira maboozer your footballing career is so short there is no reason to come kuzomhanyira mahara even if they ban you itai zvimwe kumzans ikoko. We have a lot of Zimbos in SA why don they come to work fo their country to show patriotism . haupakuri patriotism mupoto kuti mudye

ndezvako - 20 May 2014

ZIFA is to blame for all this mess. It has no integrity whatsoever when dealing with national duty matters. The players give their all, and what happens after the players' execution of duty, ZIFA is relactant to fulfill its obligation. Other nations' players' lives change with just one national duty call-up, which is not the same here. Saka vana vanofirei? Instead ZIFA ndiyo inotochinja dzimota with each national duty outing. Put your house @ Livingstone avenue in order first and players will follow suit.

Watsomba - 20 May 2014

Only Peter Ndovu used to love to play for his country that guy sacrificed a lot he used even to pay other players with his pocket money he did in Nigeria when these players refused to play and he took his money and gave them.

Gazza - 21 May 2014

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