Football fans have expressed mixed feelings following the elimination of the Zimbabwe Warriors by Namibia in the CHAN tournament.
The Warriors went into the game a goal down, needing a two nil victory to progress to the next stage.
A solitary strike by Prince Dube was not enough to book them a ticket to the next stage since the teams were tied 1 all on aggregate which took the game to the lottery.
Eventually the Warriors converted four, with goalkeeper Herbert Rusawo missing while the Brave Warriors scored five which took them to the next stage.
The loss has since sparked a lot of debate among the football fraternity with some football enthusiasts bemoaning a controversially taken penalty while others blamed coach Sunday Chidzambwa’s selection criteria and ZIFA’s dramatic u- turn on the CHAN coach appointment.
Fredrick Dynamo took the third spot kick for the visitors which many believe was a violation of FIFA football rules.
Some of the fans were skeptical of ZIFA’s decision to have many coaches instead of one appointment.
The fans also believed Chidzambwa came up with a poorly selected squad which saw only three players from the reverse fixture featuring.
Chidzambwa said he missed quite a number of players a case in point being man of the moment Baroka FC’s new acquisition Talent Chawapiwa and cultured left back Ocean Mushure.
The Warriors showed no intent in the game while the visitors wanted it more.
The visitors could have sealed the game during regulation time if it was not of their wasteful strike force.
ZIFA will live to swallow a bitter pill for their airport decision to dump Rahman Gumbo for Chidzambwa due to the COSAFA glory.