ZIFA: When will the circus end?

The arrival of Ian Gorowa in the senior national team’s coaching hot seat has, just as we predicted last year, heralded a new era for The Warriors.

Ian Gorowa
Ian Gorowa

The former Black Rhinos, Dynamos and Ajax Cape Town hitman has within months healed the polarisation between fans who supported Rahman Gumbo and those who clamoured for the return of the suspended Norman Mapeza.

Just as the Warriors have suddenly rediscovered their winning touch, the nation’s hopes have been restored high and steps towards the apex of the Coca-Cola World Rankings have become surmountable.

Zimbabwe is fast becoming a continental giant again and days of the yester-year “Dream Team”, which was coached by German-born Reinhardt Fabisch, have been revived.

The technical acumen is there, the players are there and all that is now required for us to, not only to beat the so-called continental big guns, but also to make an impression at the Afcon, is unity of purpose, administrative acumen and corporate support.

While the rest could come at a later stage, lack of administrative support by the Zimbabwe Football Association has once again thrown doubts into whether the sunshine we are currently enjoying will last.

When The Warriors surpassed expectations and fell a stroke of luck away from reaching the finals of the recently-held African Nations Championships, the nation expected a windfall for the boys that put Zimbabwe back on the international map.

But instead both the coach and the players received only frustration, being sent from pillar to post as they desperately tried to lay their hands on what their sweat and tears had earned.

Gorowa, working without a contract, was also receiving an “upkeep token” from association president Cuthbert Dube. So much for “appreciating” a man who left a high-paying job at cash-rich Mamelodi Sundowns to fly high his national flag!

In trying to save face Zifa chief executive, Jonathan Mashingaidze, told the nation that the association had already given the coach a contract, which they were waiting for him to sign. Apparently, this was meant to portray Gorowa as the one throwing spanners to the works by holding back when the association wanted to move forward.

The attempt backfired when Gorowa called his boss a “habitual liar”, revealing that no contract had been given a. Bad blood! The clashes might not have been as physical and more proclaimed, but a working relationship built on lies and public posturing cannot be a good one.

With a motivated Gorowa in charge, not only is a third appearance in the African Nations Cup next year a possibility, but also another superb performance at the finals would be a reality.

With an administration complimentary to the technical expertise and the talent we have at our disposal, sponsors would soon trickle in and Zifa’s begging bowl transformed into a cup over-flowing with resources

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