The Sunday Mail
AS a diehard Dynamos fan, I must start by conceding that not having a single player from our club in the Warriors squad hurts real bad.
Despite the new depths of mediocrity that DeMbare sunk to, the inclusion of a player or two would have provided a much needed silver lining to the troubled “Seven million souls”. It must not be forgotten that we are the biggest and most successful team in Zimbabwe and that our huge fan base automatically translates to a huge Warriors following.
When Dynamos is playing well, more fans grace the stadia but when chips are down, we vote with our feet as is the case now. Just imagine what not having a single DeMbare player in the Warriors squad will do to our interest in the national team.
But why has my club Dynamos hit such a low that Norman Mapeza could not find just one decent enough player to call up for national duty? Maybe in our search for answers we need to look beyond club affiliation and confront the facts as they are.
The current Dynamos squad is made up of average to below average players. Maybe, just maybe, two players Ocean Mushure and Lincoln Zvasiya have been playing at a good level this season.
However, to say these two deserve national team call ups based on what they have done this season would be stretching it a bit too far.
In my view, captain Mushure has been our second best player this year. However, to go to the moon and back pressing for his inclusion in the national team – as some of my DeMbare believing brothers and sisters are doing – is to me a little overambitious.
Our captain has a nagging injury and cannot play five consecutive matches. While Jose Mourinho blasted Luke Shaw for getting injured too often and even questioned his commitment, I would attribute Ocean’s ‘injuries’ to lack of proper medical care.
A surgery could have corrected the problem long back, but right now it appears a little too late to salvage the situation. And looking at the current form of the players that Mushure had to contend with for a place in the Warriors setup- Qadr Amini and Onismor Bhasera – I doubt even Ocean himself would have fancied his chances.
Hopefully he will make it in the Cosafa squad. Lincoln Zvasiya has been marvelous at the heart of the Dembare defence and has hardly put a foot wrong.
Oftentimes he has been betrayed by his central defensive partner Elisha Muroiwa, and forced to work overtime.
A national team call-up could have done justice to his efforts but there is no doubt the better men got call ups. Zvasiya is no better that Teenage Hadebe, a youthful player whose composure, timing and distribution charmed Kaizer Chiefs.
He is not better that the rock solid Dennis Dauda who has powered his way into the captaincy hierarchy at Caps United.
Our Dynamos man cannot be argued to be better than both Patson Jaure and Sydney Linyama.
We might not agree with how Mapeza chose his squad but we must not forget that he is the national team coach.
We supported Kallisto Pasuwa, who continuously selected Marshall Mudehwe and Blessing Moyo, and owe Mapeza the same backing.
We have to give the interim Warriors coach all the support he needs and criticise him constructively after the Liberia game.
Aluvah exits the scene!
- Alvin Zhakata is a Dynamos and Warriors fan. He can be contacted on his Facebook page Alvin Harry Jnr Zhakata or at alv[email protected]