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Why was Carlington Nyadombo out of Burundi game?

[Posted 09 Mar 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Nyadombo is in-form in SA and ripe for national team action-but  his 1st call up was bungled

Many Zimbabwe's Warriors fans are still wondering why Carlington Nyadombo who was a late call-up and a replacement for Dickson Choto was never in the national team that left for Bujumbura for a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations 1st leg qualifier against Burundi.

It will be remembered that interim coach Rahman Gumbo played Esrom Nyandoro in central defence, to the surprise of many people. The result is that the Warriors conceded two avoidable goals in the second half, one just after restart, and the second one just before the final whistle.

It is understandable when a team plays with a makeshift defence that mistakes are bound to happen. Motor Action, played without key defenders like Godfrey Moyo last weekend, and the result was a shock 0-2 loss to visiting Black Leopards in the Confed Cup preliminary round.

But, why did Gumbo drop a natural central defender Nyadombo, and an in-form player for that matter, preferring to take with him to Burundi a player who has just returned to competitive action and is struggling for first team game time at Mamelodi Sundowns, Nyandoro?

"I really do not know exactly why I was not named in the final team that left for Burundi after I was drafted into the squad at the last minute", Nyadombo revealed to Beezsports.com.

What follows below is a shock revelation from the player, but it is something which has already been complained about by Choto and Noel Kaseke.

"Zifa never contacted me about the call-up, and I only heard about the fact that I was drafted into the team by some friends of  mine from home (Zimbabwe).

"Up until the Sunday when the team was about to depart Harare for Burundi via Johannesburg, I called the team manager (Nyika Chifamba) to inquire about what was happening with my call-up.

"The team manager then apologised that they could not draft me into the team for some unclear reasons. I was disappointed by the poor communication because I really wanted to play for the national team.

"I believe that as a player I have done everything to at least warrant consideration for a place in the national team. I will however continue to work hard and hope for better luck next time," a sad Nyadombo said.

The player however went on to try and defend the coach.

"Maybe because the coach (interim Warriors coach Gumbo) has not coached me before he chose to select players whom he is familiar with given the limited time he had for preparing the team. He has coached in Botswana before, and maybe that is why it was easy for him to pick players like Arnold (Chaka) and Mandla (Sibanda)".

Zifa has already come under fire firstly for deciding to ditch an experienced Team Manager, Shariff Mussa and replaced him with Chifamba despite the fact that Mussa is not implicated in the Asiagate scandal, the reason for the suspension of the technical team.

Secondly, Zifa has come under fire for poor communication which resulted in the bungling of the call-ups of Choto and Kaseke, two players who ended up failing to join camp, and their absence was felt by the Warriors on 29 February in Bujumbura.

Could Zifa also have bungled the call-up of Nyadombo in the same manner? It looks possible because the player never even received notification that he had been included in the national team and quite possibly, his club Amazulu might also not have been notified.

Whatever the case could be, it is very unlikely that there was proper notification of the club (Amazulu) and the player, of this call-up, and it is a cause for concern when considering that it is the lapses in defence which resulted in the two goals scored by Burundi. 

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