Zifa, please stop bungling!

HARARE - Now that Cuthbert Dube and his entire board are no longer at the helm of local football, we expect better from the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa).

But it looks like with Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze running the show until new elections on December 5, local football is still in the woods.

On Wednesday, the visiting Lesotho national team delegation had to endure a long wait after touching down at Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport in Bulawayo as nobody from Zifa was there to receive them as per practice.

In the end, Zifa Southern Region chairperson Musa Mandaza welcomed the visitors after making fruitless attempts to contact Mashingaidze.

Before leaving Maseru, the Crocodiles head of delegation Khiba Mohoanyane had called the Zifa CEO to notify him of their travel itinerary.

This meant the Lesotho delegation expected to be received at the airport by Zifa officials and would swiftly be cleared through immigration and customs procedures before making their journey to the hotel.

However, there were no such arrangements and after waiting in the airport lobby for over two hours, the welcome party from Zifa finally arrived.

Surely, how can Zifa bungle such a simple task like welcoming a visiting national team at the airport?

How will Zifa be able to organise the Warriors’ return leg trip to Lesotho next weekend when they are messing up such elementary chores.

Wednesday’s debacle with the Crocodiles shows the entire nation how Zifa has become rudderless in Mashingaidze’s hands.

This being Africa, it is a sure bet Lesotho would view this episode as some sort of gamesmanship from Zifa to try and distract them ahead of tomorrow’s match.

If that’s the case, they are very much likely to reciprocate the treatment they received from Zifa when the Warriors visit Lesotho for the return leg.

Zifa needs to take a new direction in order to attract new and old sponsors back into football but this will not happen if they continue to make such schoolboy blunders.

Many Zimbabweans were hopeful that once Dube and his board had been removed from office, then better days would lie ahead for the country’s number one game.

But all indications point to a not-so-rosy future as Mashingaidze continues to make the shameful blunders which have turned him into a notorious character in the local game.

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