Warriors in new low

HARARE - In the wake of Zimbabwe’s early exit from the Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup in South Africa, former national team players have voiced their concern.

Most of the former Warriors players concur “the game is now in intensive care and needs everyone’s help to revive it”.

Zimbabwe crashed out in embarrassing fashion after losing 4-1 to minnows Namibia at the ongoing Cosafa Cup challenge in South Africa on Thursday.

The defeat to Namibia is unfathomed, embarrassing and made the country once again a laughing stock in the eyes of the outside world.

Former Warriors midfielder Edzai Kasinauyo, who made his name during the Cosafa tournaments before going to play in South Africa, feels something urgent needs to be done.

“I think it’s high time we start to look at ourselves and see where we are as a football country,” Kasinauyo told the Daily News yesterday.

“It was a bad result no doubt about that. We need to be serious about our football. The result was a poor reflection on our game in the country.

“I think it’s a strong indication that’s there is no need to take football for granted. We need to be realistic when it comes to national team.

“In my own opinion national team matches should be taken seriously. There is need to do things in a proper way; camping, having enough time for preparations and the like.

“During our time whenever you play for the national team it was not easy. There was a lot of competition amongst the players but it’s different these days.

“Something urgent needs to be done. Football development needs to be put up in place that’s where football starts.

Kasinauyo, recently came together with former CAPS United board member, Nhamo Tutisani in the establishment of the academy which is currently based at Mt Pleasant High School.  

Another former Zimbabwe international Alois Bunjira said: “It’s a sad picture for the country’s game.

“It seems we are sinking deeper. We were supposed to have maybe took with us the players that will be playing Malawi next month. It’s really a sad development. Losing to Namibia?”

Paul Gundani, a former international defender during the Dream Team era, blamed the team’s performance on shoddy preparations.

“There are several factors which contribute to where we are today as a football nation. One of the factors includes lack of preparations,” he said.

“There are no shortcuts in football, there is need for preparing. Imagine on several occasions the team camps for less than three days.

“Also the current crop of players lacks the fighting spirit for their country. There is no willingness by these players to give it their best. It’s very different from our playing times.

“Then the major issue is of those who are in power at Zifa. It is not a secret that those who are leading our football are not being accepted by the corporate world.

“I personally feel it’s high time they step aside and allow fresh ideas to run our football. Those people at Zifa have run out of ideas and will not take our football anywhere.

“In as much as they feel they were properly elected, the truth of the matter is that they have failed and the results are there for everyone to see. The honourable thing for these people is for them to step down.”

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