The Zimbabwe Football Asociation (ZIFA) has been criticised by football fans following the national soccer teamâ€™s disappointing nil-all draw with Cape Verde at the giant National Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Fans expressed disappointment following Zimbabweâ€™s failure to secure a victory which would have steered them to the summit of their AFCON 2012 qualifying group.Â
The Warriorsâ€™ dismal performance has sparked debate on the teamâ€™s technical set up which saw Madinda Ndlovu and Norman Mapeza assuming co-coaching roles.
Player agent, Kudzai Shaba was baffled by such a setup which has been described by supporters as a big letdown by ZIFA.
â€œHow can we have a co-coaching system in this country, I think this is the first of itâ€™s kind in Africa. Who was responsible for this result, was it Madinda or Mapeza? These guys [players] were just confused by this board,â€ Kudzie Shaba.
Former Dynamos Secretary General, Tawanda Murerekwa said ZIFA should not have appointed new members to the technical committee ahead such a crucial match.
â€œThe team that travelled to Liberia should have been left as it was including the technical team that had Mapeza in charge, that way there would have been continuity. A 1-all draw away from home was not a bad result,â€ said Murerekwa.
Warriors and Mamelodi Sundowns anchorman, Esrom Nyandoro admitted that boardroom squabbles relating to the technical setup had taken a toll on the teamâ€™s performance.
â€œIt did take a toll on itâ€™s own but I think we are all professional, weâ€™ve got players that are playing oversees we sat down as a team and we said we need to focus,â€ said Nyandoro.
Yesterdayâ€™s result left the Warriors placed on 3rd in Group A with 2 points.
Log leaders, Cape Verde are on 4 points while Maliâ€™s 2-1 win over Liberia on Saturday has propelled them to 2nd position with 3 points.
Meanwhile, with 5 months before the Warriors next home assignment against Mali in March, the football fraternity and observers in general will surely be yearning for the Zimbabwe Football Association president, Cuthbert Dube and his board to take a united stance that will see the redemption of the national team.