We won’t blunder again

Zimbabwe Football Association president, Cuthbert Dube, has admitted that his administration was to blame for the Warriors’ failure to qualify for the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations finals, held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea early this year.

Not again - Dube.
Not again – Dube.

The ZIFA boss said the biggest blunder came from the association’s comical appointment of two head coaches – Madinda Ndlovu and Norman Mapeza, to lead the senior men’s national team. This admittedly affected the national team’s performance, as the two coaches did not agree on the final line-up.

“We erred in appointing two co-coaches. That will never happen again. The Warriors must qualify this time,” said Dube.

The Warriors are favourites as they face Angola in the return leg of their final qualifying round next weekend, having won the first match 3-1 at Rufaro Stadium on September 9. The two teams meet in Luanda on October 14, in a match from which the Warriors need anything short of a 2-goal defeat to qualify for South Africa 2013.

Zimbabwe, finalists in 2004 and 2006, missed out of the last three editions of the bi-annual tournament and are chasing their third ever qualification to the continent’s biggest soccer showpiece, where they still have to make it through to the knockout stages.

They bowed out in the group stages in the two tournaments they qualified for, under Sunday Chidzambga and Charles Mhlauri. Current mentor, Rahman Gumbo, who won the first nine points that powered Mhlauri’s team to their second appearance at the 2006 finals in Egypt, will be seeking to be the first coach to surpass the group stage.

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