mapeza.jpgZimbabwe Warriors Coach, Norman Mapeza, has made a passionate plea to local fans to be patient with players if the growth and success of the national squad is to be fully guaranteed.

Norman Mapeza aired the sentiments after his charges beat the much pampered Bafana Bafana 2-1 in a match played at Rufaro Stadium.


While acknowledging that South Africa’s goal was indeed a defensive blunder, Mapeza said it defeats his attempts if fans are not supportive in letting him implement his plans for the growth of their beloved team.

While football is a game of emotions, observers say the Warriors’ gaffer’s sentiments are indeed a wake-up call to local football supporters who for long have ceased to be supporters, choosing rather to be spectators who observe without initiating their input.

Observers say Zimbabwean football supporters should take a cue from some of the world’s best supporters such as the Brazilians, where a training session alone can attract a crowd of 50 000 supporters.


Closer home, the Zimbabwean supporters can learn a lesson from West Africans nations such as Nigeria and Cameroon who commit unwavering support even in the face of a humiliating defeat.


Supporters from the DRC especially for local club, TP Mazembe, have taught local fans the exact way to support football but it appears not much has changed.


Maybe the Liverpool slogan ‘you will never walk alone’ should be imprinted on the hearts of every self proclaimed soccer supporter.