Mapeza ‘overlooks’ players

Polish-based midfielder, Peter Nzerumbaye, has criticised national team coach, Norman Mapeza, for overlooking players in certain leagues.

Polish-based midfielder, Peter Nzerumbaye.
Polish-based midfielder, Peter Nzerumbaye.

Mapeza has restricted his choice for The Warriors to the old guard and those playing in South African and Zimbabwean league, but Nzerubaye said recently that the coach should cast his net wider.

The Klub Sportowy Wista W Wisley midfielder blamed the national team’s failure to qualify for three successive African Nations Cup finals on Mapeza’s short-sightedness.

“I am convinced that the reason I have been left out of the national team is that ZIFA and the coach look down upon the Polish and other leagues,” said Nzerumbaye.

Ironically, Mapeza kick-started his European career with a stint in Poland, where he turned out for SokóÅ‚ Pniewy in the 1993-94 season, before he left for a long stay in Turkey.

“Poland has been a source of good players for our national team, who included Edelbert Dinha and Dickson Choto.”

He said soccer authorities should touch base with all of the leagues in which Zimbabweans play, if the national team is to improve.

“It is easier to do that now because of the internet. Every player must get a chance to prove themselves,” he added.

The 24-year-old joined the polish side from Shooting Stars a few seasons ago, having also turned out for DT Africa and former champions Monomotapa.

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