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Japan v Zimbabwe match nolonger on

[Posted 08 Jun 2010]
 Japan v Zimbabwe match nolonger on

Beezsports Reporter

Bungling is blamed for Zimbabwe'a loss of the opportunity play Japan in a match in George which had been pencilled for Thursday.

The Herald Sports from Zimbabwe reports that Japan had written the Zimbabwe Football Association requesting for an opportunity to play the Warriors in their final-warm up match in George. ZIFA apparently took long to confirm the match, having initially indicated that the Warriors were unavailable for the friendly match. No reasons were given for the initial declining of the Japanese request. By the time ZIFA confirmed the match following a weekend board meeting, Japan had switched attention to Mozambique who are already in South Africa for the friendly math against Portugal.

Zimbabwe is giving very confusing reasons for what has happened with the planned Japan match. A source who spoke to the Herald suggested that ZIFA was at fault for the loss of the chance to play Japan.

"Initially Japan wanted to play CAPS United and a lot of ground had been covered in that direction. They then inquired about the prospects of playing the national team but the initial response from Zifa was that the Warriors were not available," the ZIFA source told the Herald

"By the time Zifa confirmed the availability of the Warriors for the game, Japan had given up hopes of that game and they contacted Mozambique", the source continued.

What is very confusing and disappointing is the fact that there are conflicting views from ZIFA board and the ZIFA CEO who appears to be suggesting that Japan only sent in a request on Saturday, a day before a board meeting which decided to change an earlier decision to decline the Japanese invitation. When contacted for answers by local media, Moyo indicated that he did not have details on the matter. Yet the CEO appears to suggest that when she received communication from Japan, she channelled it to 'relevant' board members.

"Things have changed at Zifa because everything has to be sanctioned by the board first and when we got the communication we forwarded it to the relevant authorities in the board. The board members discussed the issue on Sunday and agreed that our team should play in that friendly international."

So if Rushwaya "fowarded it (information) to the relevant authorities in the board" and Moyo claims not to know, then who is this relevant authority in ZIFA if it is not Moyo who arranges competitions or matches? Do we already have communication problems in ZIFA? If the revelations that ZIFA might have lost appearance fees in form of a youth development fund promised by Japan, then this bungling has cost the nation dearly in more ways than one. The Warriors have also lost an opportunity to practise ahead of the 2012 African Nations Cup qualifiers in September.

Surely the nation needs some answers about this bungling. Some people must take responsibility for this costly error of judgement. The Warriors are a team of national and public interest in Zimbabwe. As such when an official fails the Warriors, he/she has failed the nation. It can not be just business as usual at ZIFA. Some things must change for the good of the national game. ZIFA has a duty to provide the nation with answers. ZIFA owes the Warriors and the soccer-loving nation another high-profile friendly or practise match, which will unfortunately cost the cash-strapped association more.


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