Former Sables coach, Brendan Dawson has revealed that he felt being underappreciated. The former Zimbabwe captain who was Sables head coach between 2007 and 2014 said that he feels he has frequently been subjected to unfair criticism despite taking the Sables to the brink of 2015 World Cup qualification. He said:
I took this team from position 59 in the world to 24. I took us just points from qualifying for the World Cup. But all I get is insults. I just cannot understand that.
During his tenure as head coach, Zimbabwe missed out on qualification for the 2015 World Cup by a mere bonus point, after which the ex-Sables skipper ended his six-year reign as the country’s coach.
Reports suggest that Dawson who has been coaching a local outfit in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge might reclaim the full Zimbabwe job for a second term. He said that reservations other stakeholders have on him prompted his remarks. He said:
Some people say ‘why is Dawson back, what has he done?’ All everybody wants to do is to chop us off our feet. Guys do not bother to look at my record at all.
You guys in the press have an important role, to say ‘hey, come on guys, I know what Dawson is trying to do, rebuilding Zimrugby.
He added that given the opportunity, he can take Zimbabwe to the World Cup in 2023.
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