Zim football in turmoil

HARARE - The fall of our football has been so precipitate and catastrophic , it is tempting to believe in some super-natural retribution and you wonder if devilish forces have begun unleashing their tide of misfortune.

Our game has been in regular tatters ,  it has fallen into terminal decline and painfully , it has  become so normal. There is so much that has gone wrong at 53 Livingstone Avenue but the football chiefs are almost Orwellian these days turning bad into good.

It becomes easier to understand why some are calling for president Cuthbert Dube's head and that of his chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze to the chopping block.

Mashingaidze's charge sheet reads more like a serial killer, the Texas chainsaw massacre if you like.

Mashingaidze, though nowhere near the evil deeds of Ed Gein , stands accused of having presided over the ruins at Zifa, a man known for his half-truths and his ability to bend the truth by 190 degrees.

He stands accused too, of spending the last four years pre-occupied with settling personal vendettas, an obsession with conspiracy and hidden agendas you have to wonder if his favourite film is the James Bond series.

His critics believe he is incompetent and can’t stand the fact that he will be in office for the next four years.

Zifa's damaged reputation is blamed on Mashingaidze, with some critics feeling deposed iron lady Henrietta Rushwaya was much better.

The president has been accused too, of ruining the game and it has become so much of crusade with those in the opposition corner demanding he stepped down.

But while I share the same feelings about the sorry state of our game, I don't believe that Government should interfere with our football.

I find it hard that some people believe that being banned by Fifa is a solution to solving our football problems.

We can’t emulate Nigeria. We are not Nigeria.

The Fifa ban is indefinite and won’t be lifted until the elected board is reinstated. The consequences of such a ban could be worse than leaving the current board in office.

We will be shut out from the footballing world, no Champions League football for our clubs, no assignments for our referees and I don’t see how that would help our football.

Government should not come anywhere near pretending to be helping our football. They are part of our problem, they have never supported our game and coming now interfering will just be destroying it.

A Fifa ban would mean we won’t take part in any regional, continental or international competitions , including at club level and international friendlies.

It's difficult to comprehend how a ban could help improve the state of our football.How do you rebuild when you can’t compete with anyone?

We have the Young Warriors, the Unde-23 All-Africa Games and Olympic qualifiers coming up and we can start rebuilding from there.

Football stakeholders should all put their heads together, find solutions to correct our mistakes.

Zifa would remain banned until Dube is reinstated, so where is the logic?

The problem affecting our football does not lie with Dube alone, it’s much bigger than that. It’s much bigger than Dube not coming to the National Sports Stadium.

Our national team seriously lacks the talent we could depend on. Against Tanzania their performance seriously undermined public trust and we can no longer depend on Edward Sadomba, we can’t depend on Denver Mukamba, neither can we depend on the entire team.

We are a laughing stock and the Warriors have seemingly gotten away with it because we are so obsessed with this Cuthbert Dube must go mantra.

We have to shift focus towards the Young Warriors and support the association on the long road to redemption.

We have slipped down the world rankings of any sport, football, rugby, tennis, cricket you name it.

But we are indeed world champions, in the ancient art of straw clutching. Our sport has long been in a mess and it’s good to see some Parliamentarians showing great passion.

However, their passion is misplaced really, their obsession is not helping our football but booting out Dube.

They should know better, Dube was elected into office in a democratic process which was endorsed by the world governing board Fifa.

The government interference story is too cheap and a very unconvincing.

*Mafa writes in his personal capacity.

Comments (4)

Kana Zvebhora zvanetsa, imboedzai tsoro ye makomba. Sure we will be world Champions!

Crispen Chigwanda - 21 July 2014


jack - 21 July 2014

Pliz lets support this board otherwise we wont grow. Hire and fire is not the solution,lets have continuity . The gvt of zw does not support sport. Those cadre in office are dedicated for the growth of sport which comprised the worriors, so lets give them enough respect. Langa is a politician, dont confuse him pliz. He have the interest of saving his master not sport.His interference is the end of potential grow of football.Otherwise dont dream of any support from the gvt. Those guy are after creating their own money expect to get anything from them.

basviri - 21 July 2014

Why should the current board get another chance when they have presided over the worst period in our football? Why should Zimbabweans accept this mediocrity? This is a reflection of Zimbabwean society at large where we have unaccountable leaders who do as they please without any repercussion for their actions. Dube and his board should be forced to resign...he is a known criminal yet he is allowed to run our football. Is it any wonder our game is in such a state?

mukwerekwere - 22 July 2014

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