Warriors lack impact players

JOHANNESBURG - I feel pity for Ian Gorowa.

Here is a coach who I have utmost respect of.

He is young, articulate, streetwise and fought had to empower himself.

He has played at the highest level and is confident about the direction he wants to take the Warriors to.

His biggest problem however, is lack of impact and talented players within his squad.

Last week, I spoke about why Zimbabwean players should strive to go to Europe to further their careers instead of dreaming to come to Mzansi.

I know some of you are already crucifying me saying “and wena, what are you doing there?”

The honest truth is, there is money here. Lots of money to be made out of playing football here; but my point is, players who come and play soccer here have not added any value to the national team.

I mean, only on Wednesday, Willard Katsande was named Kaizer Chiefs Player of the Year but what value has the robust midfielder brought to the Warriors. As they say here – zilch!

That explains a lot about Mzansi soccer.

To me, it has been very detrimental to the development of Zimbabwean soccer than good – besides making a fortune that is.

Thing is Zimbabwean players have contributed immensely to what Mzansi soccer is. Most have become legends in this country and the names are endless – the Mugeyi brothers, Gilbert Mushangazhike, Tinashe Nengomasha, Knowledge Musona. These have all become household names here.

Since Mzansi’s acceptance into the Fifa family in the 1990s, Zimbabwean players have become part of the country’s success story. Yet this success has failed to show for the national team.

The current crop of players, most of whom are currently taking the Absa Premiership by storm, have failed to change the fortunes of the Warriors. And if the defeat to Tanzania is anything to go by,  Warriors supporters might once again watch the 2015 Afcon from the comfort of their homes.

There is a glaring lack of talent in the team. Taking a look at the entire squad and scrutinising them one by one makes one wonder who among the players can turn the game on its head when the going gets tough. Which player has changed the game in a spur of the moment and won a game for the country when the cause seems lost?

Most of them look quite ordinary and there is no magic Gorowa can bring up to make miracles happen.

I mean where are players in the mould of Moses Chungas or Peter Ndlovu?

There has been a complete dearth of talent in the country; talent that can make one appreciate and change games for the country.

While the same players have now and again turned heads in Mzansi, the very same players have been a massive flop whenever they turn up for Zimbabwe.

Can this be because they feel they are playing for nothing back home?

One might never know. What is certain is that those players doing duty in Mzansi should translate that form when the don the Warriors jersey.

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Comments (4)

Brother we expect fair comments not hard hitting our Zimbabwean soccer players and Zim as a whole. You commented as if in Africa and on Fifa World soccer rankings we are both the last team or least performing. I believe our Warriors need to polish on or call in one or two midfielders like Rodwell Chinyengetere Hwange FC who can holds on to the ball, dribbles, passes on and or scores. Watch the video when Zim thrashed Angola 3-1 before his injury. He has recovered and back with a bang. The other guy is Ovidy Karuru. When Musona and Khama have recovered it is an open secret you know what they are capable of including Nyasha Musheki.

makuwatsine cosmas - 24 May 2014

Gorowa has tried his best but I just feel this reporter is spot on. Zimbabwe lacks depth and commitment. The crop of today's players are incompetent and it is the reason why they have seen little game time whenever they get opportunity to play in Europe. It is true that we are a former giant. One other thing is that national coaches have their eyes fixed too much in Harare. Gorowa has tried to cast his net wide but by using spent forces who have failed to make any meaningful contribution in the past, he's further throwing the team into the abyss. If we can't beat soccer novices like Tanzania, I don't see any reason why we want to qualify for the nations cup. Forget about CHAN it's one of those things that luck can impose.

Regalia - 24 May 2014

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