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Minister blames ZIFA bungling for Warriors exit

[Posted 12 Oct 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Minister blames ZIFA bungling for Warriors exit

The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture David Coltart has not minced his words, and has laid the blame for the exit of the Warriors from the African Cup of Nations, right at the door of the bungling ZIFA board.

Coltart has added his voice to the growing chorus of criticism faced by the soccer governing body in the midst of the outpour of pain following the senior national soccer team's 2-1 loss to Cape Verde over the weekend, which saw the Warriors throw away a great chance to win the group.

The team painfully failed to qualify for the Afcon finals to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in January next year.

Zifa has been blamed for poorly managing the welfare of the team, ranging from failing to adequately prepare the team ahead of the Cape Verde match, to the association's amateurish way of seeking for funds at the last minute.

Zifa are also blamed for poorly handling the coaching appointment last year in October which saw three coaches taking charge of the same national team ahead of the Cape Verdes' visit, and the final madness which saw co-coaches in charge on match day on 10 October 2010. The Warriors struggled for rythm and dropped two precious points at home, as they were held to a 0-0 draw by the Blue Sharks.

“The problem didn’t occur in Cape Verde. It dates back to the build-up to the first game,” Coltart said.

“The chaos that surrounded the appointment of the coaches undermined the team. But having said that we need to learn and move on,” Coltart said during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between his ministry and ZIFA on Tuesday.

The Minister charged Zifa to better manage their finances and further castigated the organisation for their lack of proactiveness and poor planning where the Warriors and other national teams are concerned.

“We simply have to get the financing of football better organised. There has to be a collaborative exercise by all stakeholders to ensure that football financing is put on a sound footing,” he said.

“We have to bring together all the stakeholders that drain football finances like city councils.

“The last minute panicking where Zifa has continually sought assistance from Government at the last minute must stop. Had we gone in camp at least two weeks earlier before the Cape Verde game, the team would have performed better.”

It is to be seen if Zifa will take heed of the Minister's advice and do things better in the Warriors' next assignments in their bid to qualify for the Brazil 2014 Fifa World Cup finals, with qualifiers due to commence in June next year, and the AFCON 2013 qualifier due to begin in January 2012.

 


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