|Mixed feelings over Musona|
|Saturday, 14 July 2012 23:54|
The 2013 African Cup of Nations’ final qualifying draw that saw the Warriors being paired against Angola has received mixed views from the popular sport’s stakeholders.
The Asiagate scandal was also mentioned by the majority of those interviewed, with calls for Zifa to conclude the matter before the two-legged qualifier.
“This is a tricky assignment. Angola is a good side. The national team coach must start working on the team now. He must work on the team’s finishing and must also form his team around a core of locally based players.
“That is what we do in Zambia and if you look at the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations last year, it was made up of most locally based players,” Chilumba said.
“With the way Zifa is running its affairs, we don’t seem to be in a position to qualify for South Africa. Our main problem is our planning.
“The question that I beg an answer is: without Musona, who is going to score for us in Angola? Someone was saying we can have replacements from the Under-23s, but again who will fit into Musona’s boots from the Under-23s? Without Musona, we are in a far worse situation than we were during past assignments,” Nyoni moaned.
Other stakeholders, like Eddie “Mboma” Nyatanga, the president of the Zimbabwe National Soccer Supporters’ Association (ZNNSA), sees things differently.
“Zifa must make sure that the Asiagate is put to its logical conclusion before the qualifier so that all the efforts are channelled towards qualification. Angola can be beaten home and away,” Mboma said.
“The Warriors will get an opportunity to fine-tune themselves in Gaborone at the four-nation tournament and Zifa have also said there will be another friendly international on the Fifa date next month so we have struck the right chord this time. We just need to maintain this focus until we play Angola in September,’’ said T-Buns.
Amon Makwara, a former Kiglon team manager, is optimistic that the Warriors will sail through to the finals after beating Angola.
“The Asiagate scandal must also be concluded and Knowledge Musona must make a U-turn and don the Warriors shirt,” Makwara said.
“As supporters, we will miss Knowledge Musona. Zifa and the player must reach a compromise,” concluded Dzikwa.