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Zifa apologise for Tanzania defeat, Gorowa staying put

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03/06/2014 00:00:00
by Sports Reporter
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ZIFA has apologised to the nation following the Warriors disastrous performance against Tanzania on Sunday which resulted in them being booted out of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Warriors drew 2-2 at home after losing 1-0 away fortnight ago and crashed out on 2-3 aggregate.

The result has led to calls for the resignation of Zifa president Cuthbert Dube along with warriors coach Ian Gorowa.

“I hold zifa culpable and the best thing that the association leader, Cuthbert Dube, should do now is to give football a chance by stepping aside,” said Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters Association official Eddie Chivero.

“You can be the best chief executive but if the company is not performing you have to step aside and when you consider that we have fared dismally in all our four campaigns in afcon and the World Cup, and we have these two years without international football coming, you can see that we need someone else at the very top of the game.”

Under pressure to quit ... Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze

But in a statement on Tuesday after Warriors coach Ian Gorowa had confirmed that he will not leave his post, Zifa said: “The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) would like to apologise to the football fraternity and the nation at large for the dismal performance displayed by the Warriors in our 2015 AFCON campaign.

“This disappointing performance brought our 2015 AFCON dream to an abrupt end. As ZIFA, we were optimistic that the Warriors would proceed to the group stages and go on to qualify for 2015 AFCON, but it was to no avail.

“We would like to thank the Government, the corporate world and fans for supporting the Warriors through thick and thin.

“Going forward, we are currently drawing up a long term plan that will guide us to the 2014 COSAFA  tournament , 2016 CHAN , 2017 AFCON and 2018 WORLD CUP.

“We have put in place a high performance technical committee that will meet the coach.  A detailed report with recommendations will be produced and the board will inevitably implement those recommendations.


“As the Football mother body, we are in the process of promoting vibrant programmes for the grassroots, the under 17, under 20 and under 23 for both Men and Women.”

The apology comes at a time the nation has been calling for Zifa president Cuthbert Dube and his entire board to resign and have the Ministry of Sport appoint a management committee for the next two years.

While this would obviously attract a possible Fifa sanction, analysts argue that Zimbabwe will not be playing football anyway until the 2016, which will give the country time to restructure and organise fresh elections for the board.

The board only came into office on March 29.

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