Football fans have expressed mixed reactions following the Warriors defeat at the hands Cape Verde in the final and crucial match of the 2012 AFCON campaign at the weekend.
The Warriors faced their defining moment on Saturday in Praia, Cape Verde when they lost by two goals to one.
The final match of the 2012 AFCON Group A campaign against an unpredictable Cape Verde was supposed to be a straightforward victory but over-confidence, complacency shoddy preparations and travel arrangements took their toll on the team.
Football legends Stanford Stix Mtizwa and Misheck â€˜Mhofuâ€ Chidzambwa said such things happen in African football.
ZIFA conspired in their moment of madness to cause confusion in the Warriors camp and dressing room.
The game was Warriorsâ€™ first home game at home and the result was a lifeless performance and forgettable nil-all draw at the National Sport Stadium.
National Soccer Supporters life vice-president Eddie â€œMbomaâ€ Nyatanga says the Warriorâ€™s should aim to win all their home matches and aim for at least a draw away from home during the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
In the week leading up to the match ZIFA had three different coaches and Belgian Tom Saintfiet briefly working with them before he was deported. The Board then appointed Madinda Ndlovu and Norman Mapeza as co-coaches and the coalition never worked and was doomed to fail.
Mapeza was then appointed and given the reigns for the trip to Bamako, Mali and lost by a goal to nil. It all seemed they were all but out of the race as they trailed in third place.
A win over Mali at Rufaro in the reverse fixture reignited the team. Thanks to a Knowledge Musona brace.
This was followed up by a fine demolition of the Lone Star of Liberia, a result that opened up the group.Â
The current crop of Warriors though full of potential and ambition, the destination of their qualification was never in their hands.
They now have to re-build and could go all the way to the finals of the 2014 Word Cup in Brazil despite being drawn against Guinea and Egypt.