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Zifa coy on Warriors coach future, send mixed signals

[Posted 20 Mar 2012]
[By Beezsports Reporter]
Gumbo is in all likelihood days away from being confirmed as new Warriors substantive coach.

The Zimbabwe
Football Association has revelaed that they will only make a decision on the
future of the technical team that will handle the rest of the 2013 AFCON and the
2014 World Cup qualifiers in a Zifa Board meeting scheduled for 30 March in the
capital Harare.


Speaking to the
Beezsports.com in response to questions asked, Zifa Communications Manager Nicky
Dhlamini revealed that the 30 March meeting will deal with a number of issues,
among them the future of the Warriors team’s
technical leadership.


Beezsports.com
wanted clarity regarding whether Zifa will keep its promise to retain Norman
Mapeza as substantive Warriors coach if and when he has been cleared by the
Ethics Committee after end of March.


Beezsports also
wanted Zifa to come clean on rumours doing the rounds in Zimbabwean media
regarding alleged plans to offer Rahman Gumbo an extended stay beyond the
initial mandate of taking charge of the Burundi match.


Other media
houses claim that Gumbo’s tenure as Warriors coach has already been extended to
now cover the return leg of the AFCON 2013 qualifier against Burundi at home and
the first two matches of the Brazil 2014 World Cup
qualifiers.


Maybe because
of the sensitivity of the matter, Zifa could not play open cards on the matter,
and also probably because the matter is yet to be finalised by the board meeting
of 30 March.  Which ever is the case


Dhlamini could
only throw pointers to what maybe in the pipeline for Warriors players and
fans.


"The ZIFA Board
is scheduled to meet on Friday 30 March 2012, at this meeting issue pertaining
to Coach Mapeza’s suspension will be discussed, as will the technical report
from coach Gumbo," Dhlamini told Beezsports on Thursday.


When asked to
shed light on the letter allegedly written by Mapeza in which he is thought to
have sought clarity from the association regarding his future, the Zifa
communication manager only had this to say:


"With regards
to the letter written by Coach Mapeza to the Association, it was written from an
employee to an employer and shall be dealt with as such."


On the
Southern-Northern regions' rivalry in Zifa wherein board members are accused of
battling to ensure a regional balance in terms of players picked by national
team coaches as well the possible influence of this regional and ethnic
prejudice to the choice of the Warriors coach between Mapeza and Gumbo, Dhlamini
had this to say:


"As a nation,
as a football nation, we should be looking forward to producing the best
football players, and football administrators without prejudice of where they
come from regionally.


"The nation was
unified and as such we stand in unity in football. We hope and trust that this
unity extends to all our fans and stakeholders.


"Individual
views, characters or traits cannot be attributed as being the views, characters
and traits of the Association."


Unfortunately
Dhlamini could not be further from the truth. An organisation is made up of
people and what the individuals do or say has a bearing on the image of the
organisation. An orgnisation can only be as strong as its individual
constituents or components.


As it stands,
the position is supposed to remain the same until the 30th March Zifa board
meeting. Rahman Gumbo will remain Warriors stand-in coach, assisted by David
Mandigora and Warriors legend Peter Ndlovu.


While
such communication from the Zifa communications manager is supposed to put the
matters to rest until Zifa resolves the matter during the 30 March meeting,
things are confused by the fact Zifa board members appear to say different
things to different media houses at every given
opportunity.


The ZIFA CEO
Jonathan Mashingaidze might have just caused a storm following revelations in
The Herald in its last week Friday edition that Zifa will simply endorse the
extension of Gumbo's tenure at the helm of the Warriors beyond the Burundi match
to include the beginning of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.


“As it is now
the status quo obtains which means Rahman Gumbo remains in charge of the
Warriors.


“We don’t want
to be seen to be unsettling the establishment that is there for the return leg
of the Burundi tie.


“The board will
meet next week to ratify that decision and the other appointments for such
national teams like Futsal and the Under-17 who is to be confirmed soon,’’
Mashingaidze told the Herald on Friday.


Given these
mixed signals, it is only natural to conclude that it does not look like Norman
Mapeza has any future as Warriors coach, and the stage appears to be set for
confirmation of Gumbo as coach.


If
Mashingaidze's statements are to be believed, then is there any sense in
appointing Gumbo for the beginning of the World Cup qualifiers and then change
the coach midstream?


The proper
approach would be to make a concerete decision on who will coach the team from
the end of this month. If it is Mapeza, then let it be, and if it is Gumbo, let
it be confirmed so that preparations can begin.


Gumbo also
needs to be allowed to make a decision regarding which job he would prefer if he
is to be offered full-time Warriors coaching job. It will not be in the interest
of the nation or FC Platinum to have Gumbo double as club and national team
coach.


After all has
been said and done, one question remains: When will Zifa learn to communicate or
act decisively, effectively and consistently?



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