IndependentSportView: Madinda must not wait to be pushed

WHY can’t Zimbabwean football coaches develop a culture of jumping before they are pushed for poor results?

So much has been said about coach Madinda Ndlovu and the Warriors’ pathetic show at the African Nations Championships (Chan) finals currently underway in Sudan. Zimbabwe has since been booted out of the competition.

 

The writing is on the wall for Madinda but surprisingly the former Highlanders and Warriors tearaway striker seems not to notice.

Why wait to be pushed when he knows he has to jump in order to salvage some of his pride and get a safer landing? Surely there is nothing more he can offer now except more damage both to his own already battered reputation and to the national team’s prospects.

Madinda is already talking about his plans for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers after failing the nation at a less important tournament. He wants everyone to trust him with the team in the real deal when he failed at Chan. What is it that he wants to  achieve that he could not  when he was given the opportunity at the minor tournament?

Shouldn’t he be looking at himself in the mirror and make a bold decision to quit? The ball is in his court,but he should be honest with himself and agree that his was a failed experiment that should end immediately.

This is a national cause; it’s nothing to do with Madinda the person, it’s more to do with Madinda the coach who has failed to deliver the required.

But then you can’t blame Madinda because he knows he is working with people who are equally not serious. That is why he is willing to cling on.Ghanaian coach Herbert Addo, who led the team to a dismal show in Sudan has since been fired by his football association and it  shows how much the association values national institutions.

The national team must be a serious project because it mirrors Zimbabwe’s sporting aspirations. It is a source of patriotism and as such must be respected.

What Madinda and Zifa are doing is disrespectful of the nation. They must not experiment with the people’s project. Zifa must appoint a serious coach with a track record.

Cuthbert Dube, the Zifa president, has been dithering over the appointment of a substantive coach. In less than a year he has been in power, the Warriors have had three different coaches and that must be a record.

First it was Norman Mapeza before Belgian Tom Saintfiet came into the equation. Before the nation could breath Madinda was roped in.
Honestly at this rate who can blame the players for a poor show? The Warriors have no leader. The leaders are being changed willy-nilly. It forms a rich bases for unaccountability.