Warriors slide continues

HARARE - Zimbabwe's national football team tumbled nines place down to number 101 on the official Fifa Coca-Cola World Rankings released yesterday.

The Warriors, who reached a high of position of 90 earlier this year, are now sliding down the table and will surely sink to greater depth soon.

Zimbabwe is currently undergoing a rebuilding phase with Under-23 coach Calisto Pasuwa tasked with assembling a new team following the disastrous 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying campaign that ended in the preliminary round stage.

The country’s worst Fifa ranking was number 107 back in December 2013 and with the current state of affairs in the local game, the Warriors are likely to slide down further.

At the moment, the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is clueless on how to stem the Warriors fall as they are currently under siege from marauding creditors.

Zifa is saddled with a ballooning $6 million debt that is threatening to bring the game on its knees in this country.

Earlier this month, the Deputy Sherriff attached property including a tractor, goal posts, a refrigerator, computers, desks, beds and various other items from the Zifa Village and the association’s headquarters at 53 Livingstone Avenue.

The property was attached owing to a debt owed to ex-Zifa communications manager Nicky Dhlamini-Moyo, who was sacked back in 2012.

The Labour Court ruled in Dhlamini-Moyo’s favour and ordered the beleaguered association pay their ex-staffer $88 000.

Zifa is also faced with other writ of executions held by a number of former employees and coaches, who were jettisoned under unlawful circumstances.

The Deputy Sherriff also visited the business premises of Zifa board member for finance, Bernard Gwarada where they also intended to attach property owing to an un-serviced loan to a local bank.

With Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and his board under pressure from these creditors, the association has been hamstrung when it comes to implementing policies that ensure the various national teams regain their lost glory.

After his re-election in March this year, Dube promised the nation that his administration would put in place a strategic plan to drive the development of football in the country.

Seven months have now passed since Dube’s re-election but there has nothing to show for that strategic plan he promised.

“While we note our creditors’ rights to payment for services rendered to the association, l would like to passionately appeal to all our stakeholders to bear with us as we continue with efforts to implement a debt servicing and turnaround plan to cater for all those issues,” Dube said in a statement last week.

Meanwhile, despite a tough start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, world champions Germany maintained their lead at the top of the rankings ahead of Argentina and Colombia.

Belgium has moved into the top four for the first time and former world champions Spain dropped to 10th following a loss to Slovakia in a European Championship qualifier.

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