Mixed feelings over Warriors poor COSAFA showing

By ZBC Reporter

The Warriors’ poor showing at the COSAFA tournament has drawn mixed reactions from former players and coaches across the country.

The national team managed a mere two points from its four matches and lost back to back matches at the COSAFA tournament for the first time in its history.

The spotlight has however been on the Coach with Zdravko Logarusic having won just a single match from the 12 games he has been in charge of the team.

The Warriors have lost seven matches, drawn four and won only once under the Coach.

Speaking to ZBC News Warriors Former Defender Harlington Shereni hinted on poor coaching as one of the major reasons for the poor perfomance.

While there are many factors unfortunately coaching is a results business and the results haven’t been in his favour and the stats are so bad and I think we are fling backwards,he said.

With close to 40 matches having been played in the Chibuku Super Cup, some expected better team selection with Footbsl Coach Newsome Mutema questioning the selection criteria.

After six games the tournament had a top goal scorer and many of the matches we all didn’t see them in the team and you wonder how they selected their team.The national team is not for grooming, that’s why we have U23, If they wanted to groom they could have sent Ndiraya with his U-23 squad at national team u select on form,said Mutema.

While the coach has performed dismally, some believe there is need for a system overhaul.

We also blame the system in the way everything is run and administered, we can’t ignore that there was not game but also then again we played a few cup games, however we need to polish up they system in such a way that we have dedicated coaches, Ndiraya and Chitembwe are great coaches and their records speak for themselves but do they have the time to watch other teams when they are busy coaching their clubs, that needs to change,said Memory Mucherahohwa.

We need proper support structures and a clearly defined plan of where we want to go, unfortunately I don’t see that at the moment, the results are bad but just firing the coach won’t change a lot we need a clear pathway of what we need to do and how are we going to achieve that,added Luke Masomere.

The Warriors are back to the drawing board as they have African Nations Championship-CHAN and World Cup Qualifiers later this year.