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ZIFA defends coach, Warriors disastrous friendlies

14/11/2017 00:00:00
by Staff reporter
Disaster ... Wilson Mutekede

THE Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has defended the controversial appointment of technical director Wilson Mutekekede as interim Warriors coach for two disastrous friendlies in the past week in which the national team fell to two of the continent’s minnows.

The Warriors lost 0-1 to Lesotho and also fell 1-3 to Namibia in matches played in Maseru and Windhoek.

Mutekede, the former Shabanie Mine gaffer’s credentials came under the spotlight when he was equipped with four highly rated United Kingdom based football stars but failed to leverage on their competencies.

But ZIFA spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela told NewZimbabwe.com on Tuesday that the association’s decision to appoint Mutekede in the hot seat, albeit on a temporary basis, was in order.

“There are no continental minnows. Fooball is nolonger what it used to be 10 to 15 years ago. Football has undergone a revolution. Every nation in Africa is now a giant,” Gwesela said.

“Mutekede is the ZIFA technical director. He was appointed only on the basis of being interim coach for those two friendly matches. The discretion was entirely ours.”

Since breaking ties with Callistus Pasuwa early this year, the country’s cash-strapped football mother body has been switching coaches to avoid tying itself down to a single coach who would demand a contract.

But in so doing, local football enthusiasts strongly felt the choice of Mutekede was poor as the CAF A coaching licence holder has no tangible achievement on his CV.

Gwesela also defended Mutekede’s apparent failure to leverage success on the Zimbabwean descendant stars who flew in from their UK bases to don the Warriors colours.

“We do not regret the decision to bring the stars,” he said.

“Those stars were brought for assessment and that is the gist of friendly matches. Friendly matches are there so that you assess your own stars.

“Those starts were assessed and Mutekede says he was happy with them. We should not concentrate on negatives.

“We don’t regret any decision that we made at ZIFA here. The decision was above board.”

The so-called British Brigade include Kundai Benyu, Tendai Darikwa, Macaulay Bonne and Admiral Muskwe.



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