As a country we do not get to shout about many things in recent years
By Terrence Mwedzi
It is refreshing and heartening to note that our Zimbabwe Warriors have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after defeating the Zebras of Botswana 1-0 at Obed Otani Chilume stadium in Francistown this week.
I am very happy that we are going to the AFCON finals for the third successive time which is a good thing in the football history of our country.
First and foremost l would like to applaud our Warriors coach Zdravko Logarusic for changing the narratives across Africa. It is unbelievable.
We managed to move the mountains as a nation and many football lovers in the region will agree with me because there was a lot of setbacks in the Warriors camp in the run-up to this match.
I am glad that the Warriors and Algeria (the Desert Foxes) are the only two successful candidates from Group H .This is commendable. As a country we do not get to shout about many things in recent years, and this is something to shout about.
Secondly, in my view, it is not false that Loga was facing ‘huge criticism’ following the Warriors’ decline at CHAN where they lost all three matches. Where? In Cameroon of course, a few months ago. Remember the incident with the bat. OK. Let me not go there, otherwise I lose my slot in the newspaper. But we all know the story of the bat, don’t we?
Things were tough, but next time we should push harder to avoid such disaster to prevail in the very future.
Thirdly, our boys played well. We need good preparations ahead of Afcon, and e must start preparing now. l also feel that we are going to win the Cup. Furthermore, I think what we must do is to build a stronger team and more foreign-based players should be included.
Allow me to thank Onismor Bhasera who paid his own ticket to join the rest of the Warriors in Fancistown after being drafted as a last minute addition.
He is very patriotic. He did a good thing.
“He had problems with the ticket that had been brought for him but didn’t lament about that he just took his own money and brought a new ticket. This is commitment that l want in the players and l will reward such players,” said the Loga.
Well well done Loga. You have many critics in Zimbabwe and outside Zimbabwe. That is a fact. But this time you have written yourself into the Zimbabwean history by becoming the first foreign coach to lead Warriors to the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) since 1980.
The game against Zambia which is set to be played on Monday in Harare is now a dead rubber.
In contrast, l am pleading with the ZIFA board to do something worthwhile. We need to have an official team bus. Whats all the fuss about the bus that was bought by Nyasha Mushekwi for Caps United now seen to be providing transport for the Warriors?
What kind of beans is that?
Some of these embarrassing setbacks can kill the team’s winning spirit. Let us correct our mistakes now. Let us boost the Warriors’ confidence.
By so doing we will see a great change in the football fraternity. It is not good to use other clubs’ buses. In the same vein, there are some people who were criticising the ZIFA that the Warriors used the long rod trip to Francistown. But ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela cleared the air. His words were good and accurate.
Mr Gwesela told a local radio station that the Warriors travelled by air from Harare to Johannesburg then flew directly to Francistown.
“We have seen social media falsehoods to the effect that the team will travel by road from Gaborone to Fancistown this entirely false. The Warriors left Harare at 4pm for Johannesburg and they connected from Johannesburg directly to Fancistown so the public should ignore all these falsehoods which are meant to put ZIFA in bad light.We aware of responsibilities as ZIFA and we shall never abdicate our obligations,” Gwesela said.
No problem. Once again. Thank you Loga. Now you must win the Afcon trophy.
#TotalAfconQ2021. Congratulations Zimbabwe! Go Warriors Go!
Terrence Mwedzi is a writer, poet and football pundit, based in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. He writes to the Digital Sunday Express in his personal capacity and can be contacted on: +27611370088.
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