Don't shed tears for Gorowa, Warriors

HARARE - Zimbabweans must not feel sad or shed any tear for Warriors coach Ian Gorowa, his pathetic players and the ever-blundering Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).

This trinity is just a bunch of worthless imposters that do not deserve to be associated with the Warriors brand that is loved by millions of Zimbabweans.

In the end, it was fitting that Zimbabwe’s hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) were put to bed by a well-organised Tanzania side on Sunday at the National Sports Stadium.

If the Warriors had qualified for the second round of the qualifiers, it would have been a great injustice to the Taifa Stars, who showed character and determination.

What left many people angered by Zimbabwe’s performance is that only 24 hours earlier, Gorowa and his flops had staged a strike demanding more money for allowances and winning bonuses.

The players were asking for $2 000 each for winning the match and also called on Zifa to increase their daily allowances from $15 to $20.

The Warriors do not deserve even a single $1 of public funds judging from the way they played against Tanzania, a team ranked 122 on the Fifa World Rankings.

These players are worse than mercenaries. The greater population across the country is struggling to make ends meet as the country is experiencing a deflation phase.

Boycotting training on the final day of preparations as what the players did was like holding the entire nation to ransom.

Although it is every person’s right to negotiate for a fair wage, the players should have at least dispatched the Taifa Stars first and then demanded the huge bonuses.

Following the Warriors fourth-place finish at the 2014 Africa Nations Championships (Chan) tournament in South Africa, Gorowa became big-headed.

The Chan tournament is a second rate competition which some other countries do not even take part in.

Reigning Chan champions, Libya were also dumped out of the 2015 Afcon qualifying in the first round stage after going down 3-0 on aggregate against Rwanda. 

Most of the countries that took part in South Africa decided to send developmental squad made up of fringe players that do not normally get a call up when they are playing in important qualifiers.

Facing such inferior opposition, Zimbabwe found the going easy in Cape Town and the country celebrated as if we had won the Afcon title when the Warriors reached the last four stage of the competition.

Gorowa was held as a master tactician, who had delivered Zimbabwe to the Promised Land.

In reality, the Chan success was just a mirage and the media attention seemed to get to Gorowa’s head.

The coach was suffocated in his own ego only for the Taifa Stars to bring him crushing back on earth.

Gorowa’s team selection was questionable as he chose to stick with players that are either off form or sitting on the bench at their clubs.

Hardlife Zvirekwi, who started in the right fullback position on Sunday, has been a spectator at CAPS United this season.

On the few occasions that he has seen game time at Makepekepe, Zvirekwi has been employed in midfield.

Since rejoining Highlanders in 2012, Milton Ncube has primarily played in midfield and upfront. It is only with the national team that Gorowa has insisted on playing him at fullback.

The Ajax Cape Town-bound player looked out of depth against the Taifa Stars and rarely pushed forward.

There are a lot of fullbacks in the Castle Premiership that are doing well for their clubs but seem to go under the Warriors technical team’s radar.

Gorowa should just throw in the towel and allow and move on because there is no amount of spin doctoring that will enhance his reputation after this failure.

At 42, the former Black Rhinos and Dynamos forward is still a young man. He needs to go and get more coaching experience and maybe one day he can return to the Warriors dugout a better coach. 

To show that they care and value local football, Cuthbert Dube and his entire Zifa board should resign for presiding over this chaotic Afcon qualifying campaign that failed to pass the first huddle.

Dube and his board are responsible for this monumental failure that has seen Zimbabwe become the laughing stoke.

The charge sheet against Dube’s previous administration is long and his new board has just started off on a bad note.

To preserve their own dignity and that of Zimbabwean football, Dube and his colleagues should just throw in the towel to allow competent office bearers to come in.

Comments (12)

Sunday Chidzambwa for Zifa post and bambo Chunga for warriors finish and klaar

Chimuti - 3 June 2014

Our warriors have caused great pain to us, failing to beat Tanzania at home was really a shame and as for couch Gorowa, he must quit and not wait to be fired. I think its high time Zifa swallow their pride and give Moses Chunga a chance to take charge of the warriors, he is a man who stands by the truth and does not beat about the bush when things are not moving straight. The admin at Zifa does not want Chunga for he is fearless when things are not right, given the chance and the necessary support Chunga is a good couch. Tinosvika kupi chokwadi tichingo chema, we sick and tired for we have been starved of success for quite a long time.

mukwada - 3 June 2014

The Herald Sports Editor - Rodson Sharuko has a bone to chew with the current ZIFA Board after they exposed him over his involvement in the Asiagate saga in which he went to Malaysia masquerading as The Team Medic. So at every opportunity, he tries to attack ZIFA left right and centre - blaming them for our failure!!!. But just as well; The Herald will not blame Gorowa because he is a good friend of Sharuko. This is despite the fact that Gorowa cannot justify calling a player like Denver Mukamba who has not been playing for almost the whole season!!! Gorowa failed to differentiate between AFCON and CHAN tournaments. For Gorowa to tell us that Chipeta is the best defender the country has, its a mockery to the nation!! Gorowa has a mission to accomplish as a Players Agent........and is not a coach. For this game; hats off to ZIFA; they did their best only to be failed by a clueless Coach.

bhora mugedhi - 3 June 2014

Its high team people like John Phiri,Peter Ndlovu,Mapeza,Chidzambwa are roped in the administration of soccer cause i think it makes sense to deal with people who have the know how of the assignment at stake.Look at Zambia they are benefitting from King Kalu's experience cause all his decisions are football decisions meant to benefit the soocer loving nation and the players and indviduals like what Mashingaidze and Dube are doing.

glamourboy - 3 June 2014

@Chimuti. ZveChiDembare ndozvauraya bhora redu izvozvo. Chidzambwa for what??? Nxaa!! As for Chunga; what has he ever achieved in his coaching career?? Ket alone at National level!! Mapeza is the best coach we need. He showed he is capable - bringing good results from countries like Liberia. In Asiagate, the Jury found out that he did not receive bride money but according to ZIFA they said he failed to act as a leader by not reporting what he saw. At the end they gave him the least of the punishments (6 months suspension) which has since lapsed. So the chorus must be going out loud now: Bring back Mapeza!! Bring back Mapeza!! Bring back Mapeza!!!!

bhora mugedhi - 3 June 2014

Kana zvanetsa executive yePSL vana Phiri navana Ndebele ngavatonge Zifa yacho ava vanenge vari kuziva zvavarikuita.Coaching mombopawo Bambo,Mangwiro,naKaindu ambotibatsirawo zvedu zvanetsa

GLAMOURBOY - 3 June 2014

Chidzambwa haiti coz of his possible match fixing past asi phiri,peter,chunga and other greats who have not tainted by asiagate

Lennon - 3 June 2014

Its amazing how reality manifests its self. 1. Gorowa refuted allegations that he is a player agent for South African teams and he has been exposed 2. We may want to please our local players and tell them they are better than foreign based players but that is folly because if you excel locally you are snapped by foreign teams. 3. The coach was daft enough to forget to use players from teams that are currently playing well in Zimbabwe if he believed in local content 4. l think the national team needs a coach with credentials at national levels not at club level. only then can we do better.

dokoza - 3 June 2014

Imi Gorowa is right,,he is just an employee,,maida kuti aite sei iye apihwa list yevanhu vasina basa vakapera kare,,plus tarisai nguva yaakapihwa kuti agadzirire mutambo uyu,,ndiye aigozvi diiwo zvake..akanyatso pihwa mkana munoona kwaano kusvitsai mchinda uyu,,chakanaka chakanaka hacho,,pane mamwe maplayer aaida asina kudanwa saka iye ndiye aigozvidiii...

Supporter - 3 June 2014

Ian Gorwa was just an average player. Cuthbert Dube is ZIFA president by default. Zimbabwean players are currently not the best even in low leagues like ABSA. Let's take it from there. And lastly, why must Dynamos always have more players in the national team. Former players and current players sing dembare tunes. Until and unless the selection of national team players is decentralized forget about glory.

Regalia - 3 June 2014

Mange majaira kushandisa vanhu musinga bhadhare.Katsande told them how much he gets paid for winning games in Mzanzi.So Zimbabweans thought these players would play for free? You thought they do not know what is happening in the world of sports where lives have been changed by excelling in sport.We must respect their services. Pay them accordingly. Who has ever worked for free?All that nonsense about loving your country means nothing. Football is big business. We are tired of seeing very poor former football players. Pay them period. Mhofu/ Chunga without payment will not achieve any good results.

SHAVA - 3 June 2014

We are not shedding tears for Gorowa or anyone at Zifa. We are just shedding tears because we are in sorrow, we have been betrayed.

machakachaka - 4 June 2014

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