Is Dube to blame; I don't think so

JOHANNESBURG - The Zimbabwe football finds itself in the news again and all for the wrong reasons.

A number of disgruntled Zifa Council members took it upon themselves to read under-fire president Cuthbert Dube the riot act and apparently without reading and understanding the Constitution well, ‘booted him out of office’.

It was a populist action which received massive backing from members of the public who rightly or wrongly so, are of the opinion that the Zimbabwean game is in such malaise purely because of Dube’s ineptitude.

It is a sentiment publicly shared by the Zim’s rank and file.

Thing is for years now, Zimbabwean football has failed to live up to expectations. This is nothing new; it is a problem that has never been solved since independence. Zimbabwe went on a learning curve forever and never got out of that morass.

Across the African continent, Zimbabwe is known for failing to realise its huge potential. But with the political and economic downturn, the public has turned its anger on those running the most popular sport, football. And this is where Dube finds himself entangled in that unfortunate public web.

According to the public, he is the source of all the wrongs of Zimbabwean game, has failed to raise sponsorship and has been painted as corrupt and inept.

Poor Dube! His sin was being caught in the corrupt network and lack of accountability, a problem bedevilling the entire country.

The public has never forgiven him for earning what is considered unrealistic and highly corrupt salary at a time when 90 percent of the population is living from hand to mouth, without jobs, proper housing and generally frustrated by the decaying status quo.

But I have always argued with my colleagues that what is happening to football in Zimbabwe is just a mirror of the country’s general standing politically, economically and socially.

A few years back, Cinderella sports like hockey, cricket, rugby, polo just to mention a few were thriving, thanks to the corporate pumping money into the sport.

But since the country started to go into a free fall, most of these sports have virtually disappeared ‘from the face of the country’ and are unlikely to resurface again.

In short, no sport can survive without corporate sponsors.

Did I hear someone say but why is it that across the borders Mzansi things looks honky dory?

Companies have pumped money into the game and they continue to do so; in billions not millions.

When last did a single company put more than US$1million into football?

Do I need to remind readers that countries like Zambia, Ghana and most of those doing well in the sporting field are being helped big time by their respective governments.

With the Zim government struggling to meet salaries of their own workers, Zifa finds itself between a rock and a hard place.

Now, what is that Dube is expected to do? Source sponsorship! From where?

The general public are turning their frustration on a wrong individual.

The image of football in the country is a reflection of the poor economic situation in the country. Don’t blame Dube. He is also a victim of what surround the country.

Comments (2)

why even write this article if you do not know anything than exhibit such gross foolery...

tinashe - 28 May 2015

This guy lives in Mars.Dube and Mashingaidze are to blame for how the Zim game is in doldrums.Some of Dube's friends at FIFA, which has been embarrased by graft got nabbed.How I like to see Sepp Blatter lose the Fifa elections, as he will indeed!!!!

Soccer Radar - 28 May 2015

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