Warriors and Dynamos legend Moses “Bambo” Chunga believes it was not necessary to fire former coach Zdravko “Loga” Logarusic as the challenges bedevilling the senior men’s national team reflect those in charge at the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA).
The Croatian was shown the exit door on Sunday after ZIFA bowed down to pressure from local football fans and pundits to fire him following a string of poor results.
But Chunga said the national team problems go beyond the Croatian or any other individual who will be named as head coach. Said Bambo:
I think this is something that is very clear. We have lived with these problems for a long time.
It is unfortunate that when some of us speak we are labelled rebels and called all sorts of names. We are vilified for our love and knowledge of the game.
The problem with our national team goes beyond the Croatian. I even do not see the reason we had to fire him when we all know that we have individuals occupying offices they barely deserve.
I am talking about the very offices that are entrusted with the duty of making these technical appointments.
The academic qualifications that we are so worried and concerned about are not the be-all and end-all of football technical administration.
We all know the right people who have knowledge and understanding of our football who should be doing the technical staff for ZIFA, but somehow we find joy in sidelining them.
Logarusic presided over probably the worst run by the Warriors, winning just one in 14 attempts, managing five draws and eight defeats since his appointment in January last year.
Although he helped Zimbabwe qualify for the rescheduled AFCON finals to be held in Cameroon early next year, the foundation for the team’s qualification was laid by Joey Antipas, who took charge of the team’s first two matches and collected four points.
With Logarusic in charge, the Warriors were knocked out in the first round of both the African Nations Championship (CHAN) and the COSAFA Cup finals.
The ZIFA board also resolved to disband the entire Warriors technical team that include assistants, Lloyd Chitembwe, Tonderayi Ndiraya and the recently appointed former Warriors captain, Benjani Mwaruwari.
FC Platinum coach Norman Mapeza has since been roped in on an interim basis while ZIFA looks for the substantive Warriors coach.