zifa.gifZimbabwe’s chances of qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations may be dealt a big blow after indications that the ZIFA elections are going to vote in recycled administrators who have nothing new to offer to Zimbabwean football.

Having failed to qualify for the 2008 and the 2010 AFCON finals as well as the 2010 World Cup, it appears the Warriors will have to wait for many years before they resume another dance with Africa’s big boys.


Despite the fact that Zimbabwe has a rich football talent, the Warriors have only qualified for the continental showpiece twice. Year in, year out, Zimbabwean fans have continued to shed tears after their favorite team the Warriors miss out on qualification.


In most cases, it had nothing to do with the players’ abilities but the failure of soccer administrators. Zimbabwean football administrators have proved to be sterile when it comes to the knowledge of the game.


Sadly, it appears the same old faces who have led our soccer into darkness are likely to continue leading Zimbabwean soccer. The wheels are now in motion for the regional and PSL elections with the nominations announced over the weekend clearly showing that not much change is likely to be coming in to turnaround the fortunes of Zimbabwean football.


A study of the announced names of the aspiring candidates for the various regional posts reveals a blatant failure by sports administrators to be innovative and redefine a strategy that serves to develop the game of football.


Probably the only consolation coming through is the signal that team owners have suddenly awaken to take a keen interest in the running of the game at league level.


The interest by club owners is expected to provide a life vein that will usher in a new hope but whether this should transcend to even change the fortunes at national level remains another story altogether. But for those who love the beautiful game, the future looks bleak unless a miracle happens. Otherwise to avoid heartbreaks, it is safe not to be too hopeful over the Warriors’ chances.