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ZIFA chaos breeds shame

by Staff reporter
09 Jun 2024 at 04:06hrs | Views
Zimbabwe's national football team, the Warriors, face South Africa's Bafana Bafana at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Tuesday. This crucial World Cup qualifier comes after a disappointing 2-0 defeat for Zimbabwe against Lesotho.

The match against Lesotho, played at Orlando Stadium in Soweto due to the suspension of Harare's National Sports Stadium, highlighted significant preparation and organizational issues within Zimbabwe's football management.

Despite vocal support from Zimbabweans in South Africa, the Warriors were let down by poor defending and tactical errors, leading to their defeat. The ZIFA Normalisation Committee, responsible for reforming Zimbabwean football, appointed Jairos Tapera as interim coach just 10 days before the match, a decision that drew criticism given the hasty preparations.

Zimbabwe's defeat left them at the bottom of Group C, with no wins after three matches against Rwanda, Nigeria, and Lesotho. The Warriors struggled defensively and failed to capitalize on their possession, with key players underperforming.

The upcoming match against Bafana Bafana, who are led by Hugo Broos and recently reached the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals, is critical for Zimbabwe. Tapera acknowledged the setback but expressed hope for a better performance against South Africa, focusing on defensive improvements and better execution of set pieces and winger movements.

The fixture promises to evoke strong emotions and memories from past encounters between the neighboring countries, adding to the anticipation for Tuesday's game.

Source - The Sunday Mail