Government blasts Zifa

HARARE - The Zimbabwe government yesterday came to the rescue of financially troubled Zifa by bankrolling the Warriors’ trip to Malawi with Sports Minister Andrew Langa disparaging the association.

The Warriors are scheduled to get their 2017 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) campaign underway with an away trip to Malawi on Saturday and shambolic preparations by Zifa have taken centre stage with coach Calisto Pasuwa only announcing the squad late yesterday.

Pasuwa had refused to name a squad for the Malawi tie until an agreement over the money owed to him by Zifa is paid.

Since Pasuwa took charge of the Warriors he is believed to have only received $100 from Zifa.

Langa yesterday summoned the Zifa leadership and read them the riot act before making contingency plans to ensure the team travels to Blantyre and Pasuwa gets his outstanding payments.

“I’m very disappointed with failure by Zifa to manage their things in time,” Langa told the Daily News yesterday.

“They knew about this match way back but they never did anything. They start running around at the last minute.

“We cannot go on like this. People at Zifa should take national issues seriously. This is a national team and what they are doing is an insult to the nation.

“There is need for Zifa to start taking people seriously. Imagine I have to engage national team coach Calisto Pasuwa myself. I spoke to Pasuwa giving him assurance that his welfare will be taken of.

“I am also appealing to the players that they go and play and we will address everything. For now the good thing is that the national team will fly on Thursday.

The ministry and some corporate world chipped in. We are working flat out that the welfare of the players is taken care of.”

ZNSSA honorary president Eddie ‘Mboma’ Nyatanga called for Zifa president Cuthbert Dube to step down saying he has failed the country.

“We have always been saying that he must go (Cuthbert Dube). The person who has been supporting him, Sepp Blatter, is gone. He must do the same,” he said.

“Where in this world have you seen a coach who works without receiving salary?

“We now want a new broom. Look, our opponents are busy preparing. There are no shortcuts in football. Dube and Mashingaidze are playing with the nation. They don’t have football interests at heart.”

Another prominent Warriors supporter Lyton Ncube, who is also a lecturer at Midlands State University said: “As Zifa you need to come up with strategies that will make you liquid as an organization.  You can't expect miracles, given the present circumstances.

“National pride and national identity is currently under threat given the manner in which our national football teams are being managed.

“The beautiful game has undoubtedly become the microcosm of the macrocosm. But I hope sanity will prevail. All the best Zifa and our beloved Warriors.”

Comments (1)

He has received only a $100 , that serves him right.

Mukanya - 11 June 2015

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