Finally, someone who knows what they're doing

HARARE - You may have already come across my views in this column on why Dynamos, of all their ruthlessness on the domestic front, have so dismally failed in the African Champions League.

I have insisted here and in other previous articles that Dynamos’ failure in Africa is through no fault of their own, but a much bigger national crisis, a wider technical paralysis that gets exposed when not only our national club champions, but the national team, venture into the continent to face sides that are adequately equipped with the tools of the modern game.

Yes, they will crash everyone in Zimbabwe as they have done so relentlessly for four years because here they are playing against teams whose structures are no better than theirs – terribly outmoded and outdated ways of doing things that we are so used to in this country.

Paired against teams that have embraced modern methods of football coaching, you are bound to get mercilessly exposed, aren’t you, and Dynamos have been testimony to that for three years.

The environment a football coach work in cannot be detached from his success or lack thereof.

You can bring Alex Ferguson to Chiredzi FC, but if he doesn’t have the support of the kind of backroom staff that contributed immensely to his success at Manchester United over all those years, Chiredzi could still get relegated.

You can take Carlo Ancelotti to Dynamos, but if he doesn’t have those faceless and nameless backroom staffers, those specialists who have helped him win the Uefa Champions League with AC Milan and Real Madrid, Dynamos will still face early elimination from the African Champions League.

It’s not nepotism when you see those foreign coaches of African national teams up the continent bringing along their fellow countrymen to assist them. It’s simply that the coach wants people he knows very well and trust, guys who will help squeeze every last ounce of potential in the players.

We are in dire need of an overhaul of thinking here, in the way we groom and coach players, and how we structure the coaching side of the game.

There are no shortcuts to success, and it is pleasing that a club in Zimbabwean football has realised this and has dared try change the way we do things in this country.

Harare City’s announcement this week of a large technical bench with strong emphasis on youth development as feeder for the first team, is a model long adopted by most progressive countries in world football.

There have been whispers of doubt over the new Harare City structure, the common view being that this it cannot work. This is just fear of the unknown, a resistance to modernity that has pulled Zimbabwean football back for years.

Of course it works. How cannot it not when it has worked for others, whose wonderful results we all see?

For the sake of our football, I hope Harare City reap the rewards for this very professional approach, so that others see the benefits of professionalism.

We need to outgrow this primitive era we live, and thanks to City for showing the way.

Feedback: muchinjoe@dailynews.co.zw

Comments (2)

harare city will not win the league next year, the biggest incentive in football is MONEY pay the players well make sure they eat right and train well you will see the results coming , harare city can employ twenty coaches as long as players are not getting minimum us$3 000 per month there will be no development

Harare - 13 December 2014

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