The Warriors start their qualification bid for the global showcase that will be held in Brazil in 2014 when they take on Guinea at the National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
But on the eve of that important clash where Zimbabwe will be looking for a perfect start, Gumbo said a lot needed to change if a proper platform for success was to be laid. He said internal divisions pose a greater threat to Zimbabwe’s success than giants Egypt and Guinea.
“All we need to be successful is to change our attitude; we are not serious. I have to be frank, there is just too much politics within Zimbabwean football which poisons everything,” said Gumbo.
“There is too much backstabbing and there are always manoeuvres to bring down whoever is at the helm of the Warriors. I am here on temporary basis, but I know there are efforts to bring me down, but what we need as Zimbabweans is to unite and support whoever is in charge. If I leave and someone else comes in we should support that person and I pledge to do so. Even if you do not like the character, if he is in charge what Zimbabwe needs is for everyone to support him. We have the talent and good players, but as long as we pull in different directions we will not succeed.”
Since the current Zifa board took office two years ago there have been divisions over who should be coach.
Zifa infighting has of late been intensifying disrupting Warriors’ preparations
Norman Mapeza has been suspended over the Asiagate scandal, but chances of him coming back are slim with some elements within the board plotting to oust him while others want him to retain the job, if cleared.
Turning to the match on Sunday Gumbo said he was looking to make good use of pace among his players.
“We will try to play to our strengths, our opponents are big and a bit slow whilst we have speedy players so we will try to make good use of that.”
Gumbo will try to got the best out of pacy Ovidy Karuru and Khama Billiat who missed part of the training this week with shoulder and ankle injuries respectively.
Dynamos’ inform attacker Denver Mukamba has been making a strong case for a place and his ability to speed away may come in handy.
The two should get the nod at the wings while Dynamos goal machine Takesure Chinyama should be deployed as the target man with Bundesliga’s Knowledge Musona roving around him.
Gumbo this week tinkered with numerous back four combinations with former Caps united winger Oscar Machapa being tried out at right back as was Dynamos centre-half Patson Jaure Caps right-back Tapiwa Khumbuyani could find himself on the fringes.
It will be interesting to find out who partners at centre back with Esrom Nyandoro. Surprisingly in the frame are Carlington Nyadombo, a firm favourite for one of the berths as well as Godfrey Moyo and Arnold Chaka who will be contending to partner him.
What Warriors need is a winning start that will position Zimbabwe perfectly ahead of their away assignment to Mozambique also this month.
Experienced midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha said that it was important to avoid playing catch up and aim at starting on a high note.
The Warriors wanted the match to be played at Rufaro stadium where they can get more support and passion from the fans, but their wish could not be granted.
The roughed up surface at the National Sports Stadium could hinder the Warriors plan for crisp ball movement on the ground.
But somehow they will have to find a style of play that will both thrill the fans and win the match.