Former Dynamos defender, Stanley Chirambadare, says Zimbabweâ€™s failure to make a mark on the African football landscape should be attributed to a poor junior development system.2004 was a watershed in the history of Zimbabwean football, with the Zimbabwe senior soccer team making a maiden appearance at the African Cup of Nations.
Another qualification at the 2006 African football showpiece seemed to establish the country as a regular among the big boys of Africa.
With qualification having turned into a tradition, failure to qualify for 2008, 2010 and 2012 Afcon editions marked a return to the doldrums.
Chirambadare, who is the Mufakose junior soccer district chairman, believes Zimbabweâ€™s failure should be attributed to the absence of a clear pathway for budding footballers, emphasising the need to identify talent at the youngest of ages.
The former Dynamos player was speaking on the sidelines of a grassroots festival held at Mufakose 3 High School on Saturday.
The festival saw budding players from Mufakose district coming together to express themselves on the football pitch despite club affiliations.
While Aces Youth Academy is wholly credited for producing Ajax Cape Townâ€™s Kharma Billiart, Billiartâ€™s first step to stardom all started in the terrains of Mufakose before moving to Aces Youth Academy which transformed into a polished act that attracted that attracted interest form Ajax Cape Town.