Analysts blast ZIFA for lack of leadership

By Skilder Makona

The local football leadership has come under fire after failing to come up with a proper strategy for the resumption of football which has had a negative effect on teams participating in international assignments.

This comes after FC Platinum were eliminated from the CAF Confederation cup following a two-nil aggregate defeat by ASC Jaraaf on Senegal.

The resumption of football has once again come under the spotlight with the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) and the Premier Soccer League called to task to ensure the safe resumption of the game during the COVID-19 era.

Analysts who spoke to ZBC News this Monday bemoaned what they referred to as lack of proper leadership in the local game after the Warriors CHAN Squad and FC Platinum struggled for form in their respective international assignments.

“Administratively the authorities should come together and work out a plan to convince the government that the game can return under safe circumstances. However, we are not seeing anything of that sort.

“ZIFA and PSL should work up and smell the coffee and make sure that they come up with modalities that will ensure football returns.

“There’s an issue of proper testing and putting in place proper measures to lure corporates and partners to enable the smooth flow of the game,” says football analyst, Alois Bunjira.

Another analyst, Archie Mundava, said, “Football is now being monetized everywhere and surprisingly, other nations are now playing, but for Zimbabwe it’s a different story.

“Something is not right somewhere and it’s high time ZIFA should step up and learn the ropes from other FAs how they are doing it.

“They should copy and paste and or otherwise refine the modalities to allow for football resumption otherwise we can’t have a scenario where we spend two years without competitive action in the country, it’s unacceptable.”

With the country having gone for more than a year without domestic football, it was no surprise that FC Platinum struggled in the CAF Champions before being relegated to the Confederation cup where they also found the going tough.

FC Platinum’s poor show has come down to poor preparations as the Zimbabwean Champions have not played competitive football since they won the league in 2019.

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