ZIFA is the main problem because they are killing players’ confidence, we need order in the football fraternity
By Terrence Mwedzi
The retirement of senior men’s national team talisman, Khama Billiat, from international football is worrisome and shocking. His decision came at a time when the Warriors were using the remaining World Cup Qualifiers games to prepare for the upcoming AFCON tournament to be held next year January, in Cameroon.
It is sad to note that Billiat retired from international football after being named captain of Zimbabwe against Ethiopia in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers 2021 – that was his last football match in Warriors colours.
I personally think Khama was supposed to retire after the AFCON tournament and his decision was strange and premature, but on the other hand as football pundits, we respect his decision also.
Hopefully, he will change his mind and play for the Warriors, just one more time, and boost the national team’s confidence.
We were not expecting to see him in Warriors colours forever but his move left us in cold seriously. I urge him to reconsider his decision because his retirement is a huge blow to the football community.
In his retirement letter, Khama said, he wanted to give others a chance to shine at the international level especially the youngsters – which is very good reasoning – but that was not the main root cause of his early retirement.
I strongly feel that Khama was disappointed by the endless unfolding awful events in the Warriors Camp. This clearly shows that there are many blame games that are taking place behind the scenes.
ZIFA is the main problem because they are killing players’ confidence. We need order in the football fraternity.
The Warriors’ poor performances at CHAN, Cosafa tournaments and World Cup Qualifiers have killed the people’s confidence – and ZIFA is chiefly to blame. Felton Kamambo and Company are playing with people’s emotions. Now we are a punching bag-which is sad.
National football matters should be taken seriously. Hopefully, national pride will be restored soon. Some football leaders must be fired – they are taking us nowhere. Furthermore, history tells us that Billiat made 45 appearances for Zimbabwe senior men’s team – and scored 13 super goals.
He represented us from youth level until he proceeded to the senior level – we must not forget that he also made his senior debut in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against on March 2014, and made us proud at two AFCON finals, in 2017 and 2019. So as football fans we should not lie to ourselves that he was a nobody in Warriors colours. Almost a decade of service.
He put our nation on the football map over a decade playing for the brave Warriors – that’s a fact. Personally, l still wish he could represent us in Cameroon next year.
As l pen this piece, the Warrior are in a strange group B with Malawi, Guinea, Senegal which has best players who are currently playing in Europe like Sadio Mane, Edouard among others.
Needed is a strong team that will restore national pride next year in Cameroon without that we will continue to plunge into further crisis.
We need a super and strong team that can compete at all levels – and that’s why I wish that. Sanity must be restored as a matter of urgency.
In contrast, there is no need to frustrate our few good players who know the football terrain very well. We don’t want to go and add numbers again in Cameroon. We need to have a fighting spirit.
Everything about that penalty was not lawful
In other football news, FIFA has opened an investigation into Ghana’s World Cup qualifier against South Africa (Bafana -Bafana) on Sunday after the South Africa Football Federation (SAFA) lodged a complaint against the referee. The match ended 1-0 in favour of Ghana.
The Black Stars were awarded a penalty after Daniel Amartey went to ground in the penalty box following a challenge from Rusine De Reuck.
If truth is to be said, that was not a penalty at all. There was no foul play there. Admittedly, Bafana Bafana was robbed at Cape Coast Sports Stadium and the game must be re-played-no other ways. Everything about that penalty was not lawful. We need fairness in the field of play.
Furthermore, Hugo Broos must be commended for building a strong team bit by bit. His team set-up is fabulous. He is a good coach.
In contrast, I think it is time to introduce VAR technology in important matches. In the same vein, referees are human beings sometimes they make mistakes.
VAR is the best when it comes football matters. It helps to make crucial decisions during football matches.
It is also possible for a referee to change his minds because of the influence of VAR…especially penalty decisions etc. In the end, people need conclusions based on strong evidence. If we do so, things will start to move smoothly in football circles.
Terrence Mwedzi is a Writer, Poet and Football Pundit. He writes to the Digital Sunday Express in his own capacity and can be contacted on:+27611370088 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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