Zifa's misplaced priorities

HARARE - Poor planning by the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) is likely to hamper the national Under-23 side quest to qualify for this year’s African Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Young Warriors are scheduled to take on Swaziland next week in the first leg of the African Championships to be staged in Democratic Republic of Congo in November.

The Championships in the DRC will serve as the qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympics with the top three teams qualifying for the sporting showpiece. 

Calisto Pasuwa’s charges are set to travel to Mbabane for the first leg bit in the run up to that clash no concrete preparations have been done.

The team’s technical team had requested for a long training camp but Zifa is preoccupied with the pressing board room squabbles that began after the threat by Deputy Sports Minister Tabeth Kanengoni-Malinga to dissolve the Cuthbert Dube-led board.

The Zifa officials have in recent weeks been involved in a fire-fighting exercise following Kanengoni-Malinga's remarks. 

The Young Warriors’ plight has been put on the back burner also due to this weekend’s scheduled Zifa board meeting and Extra Ordinary General Meeting.

“We are in a difficult situation but we are hoping we will get into camp as soon as possible and start preparing. There is no shortcut to success,” Young Warriors team manager Patrick Mutesva told the Daily News yesterday.

“As technical team we were looking to have more time with players but we have to work with what is there. Obviously our aim is to register a positive result against Swaziland.”

Zifa communications manager Xolisani Gwesela was in an apologetic mood and said the Young Warriors squad to face Swaziland will be named today.

“The association is running around to ensure the boys start preparing for their matches,” Gwesela told Daily News yesterday.

“The coach will name his squad tomorrow (today) and I am sure the boys will then start camping. We felt by now the team would have started preparations but it’s very unfortunate. 

“We always want our national teams to be adequately prepared but sometimes we are limited by the resources.”

The Young Warriors have a busy schedule this year where they will get off the ground with a tie against Swaziland. If they pass the Swaziland test they will then meet tougher opponents in the form of South Africa and Senegal.

The Young Warriors, who are rebuilding under Pasuwa and Saul Chaminuka, played three friendly matches last year against Morocco, Botswana and Swaziland late last year and it was met with mixed fortunes.

Following Zimbabwe’s loss to Tanzania in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary round qualifier last year June, Dube disbanded the Warriors squad while coach Ian Gorowa threw in the towel.

Zifa then appointed Pasuwa to be the Young Warriors coach and earmarked the team to be the future national team.

Comments (2)

Iwe, get away mhani, this is the norm in Zim. football, tell me which Zifa admin ever gave any national team adequate preps? Siyana ne politics

baba Zi - 11 February 2015

Iwe, get away mhani, this is the norm in Zim. football, tell me which Zifa admin ever gave any national team adequate preps? Siyana ne politics

baba Zi - 11 February 2015

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