Former Warriors and Dynamos coach Sunday Chidzambga says had it not been for China-based striker Nyasha Mushekwi’s intervention, the national team could have failed to fulfil their last group encounter against DRC at AFCON 2019.
Speaking on Zimpapers Television Network show The Couch, Chidzambga lifted the lid on what really happened before the contest, in which Zimbabwe lost 0-4.
There were media reports claiming that there were a series of stand-offs between players and the Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA board over money during the continental showpiece in Egypt.
Chidzambga, who quit his Warriors job soon after the 2019 AFCON tournament, confirmed that indeed not all was well in the Zimbabwean camp. He said:
Against DRC, there were so many problems and according to what the ZIFA board and the players had agreed, there wasn’t going to be any game at all.
Up until the technical team spoke to Mushekwi and then we had to try and persuade the players to play the game.
While the majority of fans may still blame goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze for his high-school blunders that led to goals, Chidzambga’s revelations prove ZIFA’s culpability in the fiasco.
The Kamambo-led board has also unapologetically continued to use the CAPS United bus, bought by Mushekwi, to ferry the national team.