IT’S bad to point fingers at each other simply because we were humiliated by Nigeria in Abuja, but the margin by which we lost was the worst in the world on the day. Only Luxemburg who lost 1-5 to Russia were as bad as Zimbabwe.
While the Warriors did not train for many days, that cannot be used as an excuse by coach Charles Mhlauri as even heavyweights like England only trained as a full team for three days.
Mhlauri is just too arrogant that success has now gone to his head, but if only he knew, in football you are only as good as your last match.
In all fairness, his team selection is not fair. Energy Murambadoro has played less than 10 hours of competitive football the whole year; Peter Ndlovu less than two hours for Sundowns this season; and Shingi Kawondera has zero minutes of club football dating back to March or so.
Edelbert Dinha was left out for purportedly lacking match practice. What about Murambadoro and Kawondera who don’t even have clubs to train with?
Clubless Murambadoro is again the same one who conceded five goals against Cameroon last year. Should Gift Muzadzi consult a witchdoctor to get a match?
Dinha played one match and was voted man of the match, was fired for visiting his mother, but Benjani Mwaruwari goes to Bulawayo to see his parents each time before he joins camp.
Thank God Raymond Undi and Silent Katumba remained in the UK otherwise they might have played in Abuja.
With such team selection even if we hire Sir Bobby Robson as technical advisor, Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson as assistants to Mhlauri, Mourinho as manager and Roman Abramovich paying winning bonuses for the Warriors, we will never progress as a nation.
Why can’t Mhlauri choose an assistant? He wants to deny other local coaches a chance to gain valuable experience by saying he will look for a foreign assistant. What’s Zifa’s policy regarding foreign coaches because as fans we need to know?
Mhlauri is the first coach in the world to work alone. Even Chelsea’s José Mourinho has five assistants, four scouts and sporting director Frank Arnsen to make them 10.
As to whether Zifa will offer Mhlauri a contract, we will see. Who knows, maybe Bambo was the real Warriors coach.