Gorowa overstayed his welcome

HARARE - The term long overdue is often misused in society but how befitting is it for Ian Gorowa, who finally resigned as Warriors coach, two months after presiding over Zimbabwe’s worst African Cup of Nations qualification campaign.

In truth, such a decision, coming after such a long time, speaks of a drowning man clutching at straws.

It is unfortunate that history remembers us for what we do last.

And for Gorowa he will be remembered as the man who was in charge when Zimbabwe was eliminated in the preliminary round of the 2015 Afcon qualifiers at the hands of Tanzania in June 2014.

The consequences will be felt for a long time to come as it has condemned the country to at least two years out of international football.

Over the two legs against the Taifa Stars, the Warriors were an inept side that lacked any tactical discipline with Gorowa’s shortcomings clearly exposed.  

But in any case brought before a jury it is only fair to give the accused a chance to defend themselves.

In his letter of resignation Gorowa said: “It didn’t take a rocket scientist to see that all is not well, my working relationship and the Zifa secretariat head by Jonathan Mashingaidze.”

Gorowa goes on to cite frustration ranging from seven months’ worth of unpaid money, refunds for airfares, accommodation (and) Chan bonuses which were denied by the secretariat.

So, the natural question would be why hold onto a job under such unsatisfying circumstances.

After all, you have all these elements have aided in a disastrous campaign which you would be a scapegoat of for a long time to come.

It is said that after defeat to the Taifa Stars, Gorowa allegedly told the Warriors players that he was stepping down but later changed his mind.

We all know for a fact that Gorowa went on to offer the nation an apology.

But in such an unforgiving profession, sometimes an apology is just not good enough.

This is the reason why Italy coach Cesare Prandelli threw in the towel after failing to lead his side through to the Fifa World Cup round of 16 in Brazil.

Prandelli had been the Azzurri head coach for four years but a 1-0 defeat against Uruguay which spelled a second consecutive Fifa World Cup group stage exit for the four-time champions proved the last stroll.

Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez travelled the same road after his side lost all three of its matches at the World Cup.

Not even the fact that Honduras’ 2-1 loss to Ecuador produced their first goal at a World Cup since 1982, could absolve him of the guilt he felt.

But Zimbabwean football felt they could be different.

For the past two months the Zifa High Performance Committee (HPC) has been debating on Gorowa’s fate.

The HPC had even given the former Sundowns coach multiple extensions to submit what went wrong in the failed Afcon campaign.

This is despite that what went wrong was clear for all to see.

It is now understood the HPC recommended Gorowa’s expulsion after the coach irked the John Phiri-chaired committee by producing inadequately-prepared reports.

The coach also had a public spat with Phiri’s deputy, Gibson Homela.

All this raises the question, had Gorowa adequately prepared his reports and not had a spat with Homela would he have kept his job?

On Thursday, more damning claims also emerged when Dube appeared before the parliamentary portfolio committee on Sports, Arts and Culture.

“I was the president when Gorowa was appointed coach. It is unfortunate we did not know then (that Gorowa was an agent). What is disturbing is that after the Tanzania game, six players were sold to South Africa and as Zifa we have not received a cent for their transfers,” Dube told the Themba Mliswa-chaired committee.

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