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Warriors' unchanged FIFA rankings-Zifa, where are the friendlies?

[Posted 09 May 2012]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Warriors" unchanged FIFA rankings-Zifa, where are the friendlies?

The Zimbabwe senior national soccer team was unchanged in position 104 on the Fifa World rankings released by the world mother governing soccer body FIFA on Wednesday.

The Warriors neither gained nor lost any points, and remain stuck 328 points. There have no friendly matches for Zimbabwe for the period under review, even though Zimbabwe's opponents in the World Cup qualifiers Egypt had a few friendlies to fine tune for June.

In Africa, Zimbabwe is on position 25, a far cry from position 7 the Warriors once occupied in Africa during the days of the Dream Team.

The Zimbabwe Football Association has not had the opportunity to plan for the all important friendly matches given its pre-occupation with issues such as the Asiagate scandal which continues to rumble on.

At least some few players are now available for selection again after having been frozen out due to questions hanging over them after they were placed on the blacklist of 99 players and officials who took part in the matches which form match-fixing investigations.

The Warriors badly need friendly matches to prepare for a taxing month of June when they are expected to play three difficult matches within a space of 12 days. It is beyond surprising, but actually shocking that no friendly matches have been planned even for May.

To get together a team that has not played together since 29 February, and expecte them to hit the ground running on 3 June against a team like Guinea that always plays friendly matches together in France is expecting too much from the players.

It is not clear if interim coach Rahman Gumbo has given a program to ZIFA regarding friendly matches.

Is it possible to expect Gumbo to be alive to the needs of the national soccer team when he has to put off fires at FC Platinum? Thats naivety of the worst kind.

Whatever the challenges Zifa has faced with Norman Mapeza, or with finances, the idea of appointing a club coach to take charge of a team during a taxing June period was completely ill-advised and raises questions about the entire board's appreciation of dynamics of managing national teams' interests.

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