Moffat Mungazi’s FOOTY FOOTNOTES
BECAUSE the Warriors’ frustrating 1-0 reverse against Liberia in Monrovia during a recent 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group G qualifier left many fans disappointed, it naturally ignited a heated debate owing to its repercussions on our campaign.
As such, there was always going to be several points to ponder and scapegoats to bear the brunt: the overall team selection; former captain Willard Katsande’s return to the fold from retirement and getting the nod to start; Tino Kadewere, who was coming from an injury layoff, thrown straight into the deep end; the team’s insipid display; coach Sunday “Mhofu” Chidzambwa and his lieutenants’ tactical and technical ineptitude.
But while our crushing defeat of the Lone Star in the qualifiers opener in Harare got us off to a flier and set the tone for our qualification, that defeat to the same opponents in Monrovia somewhat dampened our prospects and got us to a whimper.
Although we surrendered our unbeaten run in the return leg away to Liberia and failed to score for the first time in this campaign, which blew the group wide open, we stay firmly in the frame and are still in the picture to accomplish our qualification quest.
The wheels are not coming off and the wagon is not going off the rails as Zifa boss Philip Chiyangwa is of the conviction that there is “no need to panic”.
But for its part, the association has to play ball and ensure that the squad is ad equately prepared for their remaining decisive encounter in the intervening period between now and the next assignment in March next year.
As the protagonists the Warriors need to own up, man up, and deliver.
Our prayer is that the Warriors will not worry us again and let this slip through their fingers as the destiny is still in our hands.
The Warriors and the fans still need each other; they both need a hug.
We can do this, let’s do it!
Go, Warriors, Go!
If it is about football that you care let’s share the cheer because we are made for the game, mad about the game!
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