Zifa's silence worrisome

HARARE - It’s now almost two weeks since the Zimbabwe national football team put up a pathetic performance to bow out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary qualifying round at the hands of Tanzania.

After losing the first leg 1-0 in Dar es Salaam last month, the Warriors needed to win the second leg at the National Sports Stadium with a two-goal margin, at the start of this month.

However, Ian Gorowa’s charges put up one of the worst performances by a Warriors squad as instead they had to come from behind to salvage a 2-2 draw against the Taifa Stars.

That result meant that the Warriors will miss the fifth Afcon finals in a row since qualifying for the 2006 tournament held in Egypt.

Since that fateful day at the National Sports Stadium, the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) has been quite despite this great disappointment by the Warriors.

Zifa, which itself is in urgent need of revamping, could only send out a press release apologising for the catastrophe.

According to the press statement, the Zifa High Performance Committee was going to meet Gorowa and discuss his report on the match.

Failure to beat Tanzania was a monumental defeat and it does not need any High Performance Committee to see that.

The first thing was for the Zifa board to cut its ties with Gorowa and look for a new coach following that disastrous Afcon qualifying campaign which ended at the first huddle.

After letting go of Gorowa, next the board members should have done the most gracious thing to resign because they had failed the nation.

All this should have happened in that same week that the Warriors crushed out of the Afcon qualifiers.

Right now it has been 13 days since that calamity at the National Sports Stadium and the people of Zimbabwe want answers.

Sadly, Zifa is still clueless on what to do next and as long as the status quo remains, Zimbabwe will never qualify for any major tournament in the future.

Zifa’s failure to act in a timeous manner after this latest debacle is a clear sign that by the time the qualifiers for the 2017 Afcon start, the Warriors will be out of depth and are likely to struggle to make it out of the preliminary qualifiers.


Comments (2)

Your call for ZIFA to sever ties with Ian Gorowa is grossly unfair and unjustified. The mess with Zimbabwean football is with the administrators. If the administrative environment is rotten , you can expect a coach to perform miracles. Even if you get Louis Van Gaal or Mourinho, the "Specail One" in the current circumstances prevailing in Zimbabwe, they will also fail dismally. When a fish begins to rot , it starts with the head. For any organization performing dismally, look at the leadership and that is where you should start your efforts of revamping that organization. Good performaces in sport are not an event or a one day wonder. They are a culmination of years of organization and preparation. There is no development in Zimbabwean football. Grassroots and junior programmes have all but collapsed. Where do you expect Ian Gorowa to get the talent from?. Even if he has to work with the available talent , you need sound preparations . This means good nutrition, camping facilities , friendly matches with strong opposition as well as payment of allowances for the senior national team. These are basic thibngs which need to put in place for country to compete at a high level. Firing Ian " Dibango" Gorowa is not going to solve the maiaise of Zimbabwean football. Ian is one of the vibrant , young and eminently qualified coaches in Africa. He will certainly get another job in South Africa or elsewhere. It will be a great loss to Zimbabwean football for him to be prematurely relieved of his duties. It will also be good for the Daily News publication and the readers , if your writers can research more about the issues that they write about and not just publish half-truths and seriously biased articles.

Andrew B.Kamanga - 18 June 2014

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