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Cry the beloved game

FIRSTLY, I would like to say “well done” to the Warriors for a good show. They played hard even though their loss to the Super Eagles was inevitable.

Nigeria is a

n established side which boasts no less than four World Cup appearances while Zimbabwe has only managed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations and continues to battle to defeat internationally insignificant sides such as Algeria.

It would have been foolhardy to expect Zimbabwe to win over a team like Nigeria. Of course we have players like Peter Ndlovu, but after playing for a team such as Coventry City and then second division side Sheffield United, Ndlovu, though patriotic, is no longer international football material.

Benjani Mwaruwari is still trying to grow professionally and therefore cannot be pitted against a player who was voted African Player of the Year. Austin JJ Okocha is in a class of his own. His fluent play exudes confidence, precision and innovation that is only gained through talent and a truly professional effort.

The coaching staff is entirely to blame for indiscipline in camp. There is need for the overhaul of the entire systeym. It should not be left to football clubs to scout for talent.

Most soccer administrators neither have the love of the game nor the pedigree to offer competitive professional packages. Their presence at the helm of football clubs over the years has mainly been for self-actualisation, socio-political elevation or some other form of personal gain.

The formula for success will not be acquired from charms or other services solicited from witch doctors as has been the case. It is time to get real and rid ourselves of this attitude.

If you closely examine Highlanders and Dynamos for example, there is no desire on the part of their administrators to aspire to compete with teams at the level of Manchester United.

Most of these administrators are not interested in anything outside of their football clubs. Their main aim – Highlanders for example – is to beat Dynamos and vice-versa or reign supreme on the top of an unimpressive Zimbabwe premier league – the analogy of the dullest Form 1 class competing among itself for first position.

The media too should be responsible and desist from encouraging the broadcast and publication of outlandish, baseless and unintelligible forecasts of victory, as far as general sport is concerned.

I think it is about time football clubs in Zimbabwe stopped feuding and started playing against credible international teams from South Africa for example.

Party politics and government incompetence must be exorcised from the game of soccer.

Truth Hurts,


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