Warriors need commitment – Mutasa

PRETORIA - The chances of the Zimbabwe senior soccer squad qualifying for the 2010 World Cup are minimal unless the players themselves are highly self-motivated, say veteran footballers.
Several Zimbabwe players abroad told CAJ News that the government was not putting much funding into the nation

al team coffers.
Complicating the situation is the calibre of South African players being called for national duty – with most of them playing in less fashionable leagues such as the Mvela Golden League, a division one league in SA.
Zimbabwe international under-20 goalkeeper, Kundai Mutasa, who plies his trade in Qatar, said self-motivation was the only answer to the current crop of Zimbabwe players to qualify for the 2010 soccer World Cup in South Africa.
The acrobatic young goalkeeper, who is on a two month holiday break from Qatar told CAJ News from his Nyanga home in Zimbabwe that self-commitment was the only answer to great success.
Mutasa’s comments were echoed by former Warriors’ veteran striker, Adam Ndlovu, who said the Warriors team that featured in the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations Final in Tunisia was full of players with total commitment and desire to reach the second round of the of the tournament – which they did.
“I am not trying to take anything away from the current crop of Warriors players, but the fact is, my squad during the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations contested in Tunisia was brilliant. Another good example of the Warriors players, who were hungry for success was the team being coached by German Coach, Reinhard Fabisch, who was a great source of motivation and inspiration.
“Players were not much concentrating on financial gains, but results before demanding the money later. That way we became crowd pullers at the National Sports Stadium,” said Ndlovu.
Ndlovu said Zimbabwe would not qualify if the players did not commit themselves to the forthcoming world showcase taking place in neighbouring South Africa.
“Our qualification to the 2010 needs a holistic approach and commitment from government, business people, individuals, players and coaches,” he said.
Several other premiership players in South Africa refused to comment, fearing victimisation by coaches.
“Zimbabwe has no foreign-based players except for those playing in the South African premiership league. We need the likes of Kundai Mutasa in Qatar, Benjani Mwariwari in England and a few others to form the qualkifying squad for the 2010.
“Personally I don’t know Mutasa but I strongly believe the young goalkeeper has what it takes to guide the Warriors to the 2010 World Cup,” said one senior player in the SA premiership league. – CAJ News

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