Warriors' recipe for failure

HARARE - While Zimbabwe appear to have been given a golden opportunity to end their African Nations Cup (Afcon) appearance drought, poor planning is likely to hamper the Warriors’ campaign.

Zimbabwe was drawn in Group L alongside Guinea, Malawi and Swaziland with the group winners making it to the finals to be held in Gabon in 2017 and will be joined by two best runners up.

The Warriors are scheduled to get their campaign underway with an away trip to Malawi on Saturday but with less than five days before the game, the team is yet to report for camp.

Zimbabwe’s opponents, The Flames, have been in camp for almost a month now preparing for the weekend’s tie.

Last night, Malawi were scheduled to face Egypt in a friendly match as they intensify their preparations for Warriors match.

Malawi also had a good Cosafa Senior Challenge Cup tournament where they capped a brilliant performance with a 1-0 win against Zambia to finish as the third best team in South Africa.

As of Saturday, Flames coach Young Chimodzi had all the players he had called up in camp including captain Joseph Kamwendo.

The former CAPS United midfielder, who is now on the books of DRC giants TP Mazembe, arrived in Blantyre last Wednesday together with the Mozambique-based duo of goalkeeper Charles Swini and midfielder Frank Banda.

Black Leopards defender Harry Nyirenda missed the Flames trip to Cairo as he was still with his club, who were taking part in the South Africa Absa Premiership promotion play-offs.

The Lidoda Duvha defender will join the rest of his teammates when they return from Egypt tomorrow.

It is a different story all together for the Warriors where the technical team had requested for a long training camp but nothing has been done.

By the time of going to press last night, the Warriors squad for Saturday’s match had not yet been announced.

Warriors coach Calisto Pasuwa was incommunicado while Zifa Communications manager Xolisani Gwesela had no idea when the team would be announced.

With most European leagues coming to an end last month, Pasuwa had hoped to have more time with his players especially after that 4-1 capitulation at the hands of Namibia at the Cosafa tournament. 

Everyone expected Zifa had learnt their lessons after that humiliation as the team never camped prior to leavening for the tournament.

The squad was only picked two days prior for the team’s departure for South Africa and it looks like it’s the same modus operandi happening for this clash against Malawi.

Gwesela admitted his association is finding it difficult to prepare adequately for the Malawi match owing to financial constraints.

“Our preparations are always guided by the available resources,” he told the Daily News.

“Zifa have no capacity to fund all this alone. It needs the backing of government and the corporate world which is the opposite here.

“It is not a secret that the association is broke and needs everybody’s help. Our preparations are slowed by unavailability of funds.

“We need funding and without that it will be difficult for us to do well.”

Comments (3)

It's pathetic.

Chemical Solutionm - 9 June 2015

Remember this prophecy 'Zanu PF plotting brutal campaigns' HARARE - Firebrand former war veterans' leader Jabulani Sibanda (pictured) has warned that President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu PF party — severely weakened by its vicious factional and succession wars — will heighten its well-known thuggish tactics that include bloody campaigns and the brutalisation of its opponents to survive and remain in power. Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Sibanda said the party's ongoing brutal purges of officials perceived to be loyal to former vice president Joice Mujuru had severely weakened the party to “a point of no return”. “The party has been disintegrated and the danger that lies ahead is that they will soon realise that they have lost ground and have no strength and will resort to annihilating those opposed to them, killing people through assassinations. “That is obvious and very clear because what matters to them is not the majority but that which can give them power and they would want to show that they mean business,” Sibanda, who is well-versed in Zanu PF's modus operandi, said. And as Sibanda spoke yesterday, there was turmoil and much trepidation within the ranks of the ruling party as it moved to purge more of its officials seen as allies of Mujuru, with a number of its provincial co-ordinating committees recommending the summary expulsion of dozens of MPs and other bigwigs in the past few days alone. In Harare, former provincial chairman Amos Midzi, former politburo member Tendai Savanhu and the sitting provincial minister Miriam Chikukwa are among those who are facing the party's ruthless guillotine.

Remember this prophecy - 9 June 2015

For all those football loving Zimbabweans, lets demand proper management of soccer in Zimbabwe. Lets demonstrate against this corrupt association and start by sending a message to your friend who loves the game. We can't watch this happen forever no. Send this message to your friend. Lets demonstrate against ZIFA's failures.

Ziziharinanyanga - 9 June 2015

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