Why, why can't Warriors perform well constantly?

JOHANNESBURG - I was a guest of some corporate last week at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban when a host of media contingent extended their hands to congratulate me.

For a moment I was stunned at what all this meant because I couldn’t make head or tail of all the hullaballoo.

“Well done your team has won,” one after the other gave me a pat on the back. “I mean Zimbabwe beat Malawi in Blantyre despite having travelled to Malawi by bus,” they laughed.

Having not watched the match and not aware of this fantastic result, I blushed for a moment but quickly picked up the pieces and pretended I was aware of the Warriors heroics in Blantyre.

I then secretly asked a colleague what was the final score and how the match had penned out.

“Zim scored two brilliant goals and what makes this a sensational story is that the team arrived in Blantyre a few hours before kick-off. And to be honest, they were full value of their victory and the winning goal by Khama Billat was outstanding,” a colleague related the story.

As I watched Bafana Bafana being held by little-known Gambia later on, my mind started to deliberate on why the Warriors cannot fashion such results week in week out on the continent.

All things being equal, Zimbabwe has some of the finest players today and that has been the case even in the past and its failure to be among the giants of the continent continues to puzzle many football followers.

Players like Willard Katsande, Billiat, Cuthbert Malajila and Knowledge Musona can walk into any national team on the continent.

They have the pedigree of playing at the highest level, have amazing talent and have proved it at the top level. And why they cannot convert their years of superiority into African success has left no one with an answer.

I have seen a lot of correspondence both on various website and comments on social media blaming poor Zifa president Cuthbert Dube but I will maintain, I don’t see any wrong the Association head honcho has done.

If anything, he must be applauded for dipping into his own pockets to take money meant for his family and pumped it into the national coffers. How many people can do that even if they are stinking rich?

Had Dube not sacrificed his fortune for the Warriors, who could have come to the aid of the team? Did I hear someone say but he should approach the corporate.

Well, it is easier said than done. The harsh reality is the economic situation in Zim does not have the luxury of any corporate putting money into the sport hence a number of people have lost their jobs as companies continue to downsize.

Have you ever wondered why Zimbabwe continues to lose talent to Mzansi? It is purely because there is no money back home.

So, instead of lambasting Dube who is trying his level best, what the Warriors lovers need to do is rally behind the boys in these economically challenging times.

I have more often challenged the government – which at times is also struggling to pay its civil servants – to come to the party and help struggling mass sports like football.

With all the support, the Warriors can do the country proud. They have what it takes to dominate the game.

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