Time Zifa board acted tough

Itai Dzamara

IT is incumbent upon the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) board when it meets soon to deliberate over the future of the senior national team in light of World Cup qualifying matches starting

in April to face facts and make prudent decisions.



The performance of the Warriors in Tunisia at the African Nations Cup finals compels the mother body to make changes to the technical department.


One fact must be borne in mind that no individual or even group of people is bigger than the Warriors’ team.


The same team must and should outlive political regimes. As such, the Zifa board must never be held to ransom by the arrogance of some individuals as well as threats to quit.


Warriors’ head coach Sunday Marimo must remain a part of the team which is subject to scrutiny as well as all the others including the players he selects. The veteran mentor got the benefit of doubt before Tunisia after he refused to have a technical advisor to assist him.


However, soon after that act of arrogance and selfishness, Marimo started losing the plot.


His announcement well before departing for Tunisia that he and his charges were going to “learn” exposed his approach to the continental extravaganza as devoid of confidence and faith in his own capability. And Marimo’s crumbling at the grand stage was there for all to see.


The truth has to be told that the Warriors lacked technical guidance especially in the first two matches against Egypt and Cameroon from which they could have salvaged better results to advance to the quarterfinals. That underlined the need for a technical advisor to Marimo and his conspicuously inactive assistant coaches.


Tongues are still wagging over the selection process with allegations that some players bought their way into the squad that went to Tunisia.

Now, when the Zifa board meets, it has two options. It either has to simply show Marimo the exit especially on account of his threats to quit the “thankless” job or appoint a technical advisor.


Mhofu’s technical shortcomings were glaring in Tunisia.


The technical advisor must be appointed by Zifa on merit and it would be duplicating the same process that led to the coach choosing his own ineffective technical team if the onus is bestowed on Marimo again. That is unacceptable.


The same national team – a source of pride to the nation – was once under the tutelage of German mentor Reinhard Fabisch who missed out on qualification but dehorned African giants such as Cameroon and Egypt.

The same national team used to feature a captain by the name Moses Chunga.


Attempts by the Jonathan Moyos and their propaganda machinery to distract the nation from real issues by trying to inflate normal occurrences such as scoring three goals against an arrogant but redundant Cameroon must be ignored by the Zifa board.


Fabisch’s so-called Dream Team thrashed Cameroon 4-1 at the National Sports Stadium in 1994 but when time to move was up, people moved for the sake of the national team.


That is why Marimo’s assistant Rahman Gumbo no longer dons the number 10 jersey and now contributes from the technical bench.


Zifa must disregard Marimo’s arrogance and threats with the contempt they deserve and move on to appoint a tried and tested technical advisor.