Go in peace, you tortured us a lot


The recent 2-1 beating of the Flames by Zimbabwe is a sign that our coaches; Young Chimodzi and his assistant Jack Chamangwana did not do us any favour and are not supposed to be near our game.

They resemble a ghost that has been torturing our game and needed to be gotten rid off.

They resembled the ghosts that had given us a raw deal at a time when we expected a lot.


Failing to beat a team that did not even train and travelled over eight hours by road signifies how incompetent our coaches were. The climax of their mediocrity was when the coaches decided to do the unthinkable substitution in the closing stages of the game.

It was the substitution that confirmed that the coaches were not astute readers of the game and were occupying wrong positions.

Replacing in-form right back John Lanjesi for unpredictable Lucky Malata gifted the Zimbabweans a second goal that made them collect three points after our own forsaken kinsman Khama Billiat’s cross looped over hopeless goalkeeper Macdonald Harawa.


This was happening at a time when Fam, media and supporters had devoted all their energies to support the Flames to boost their morale.

Fam executive committee should be commended for the instant justice that was meted out on these coaches barely 15 hours after the disgraceful loss. It was justice befitting coaches who failed to win our confidence.

These are the coaches who failed to exploit talented human resource on the domestic soccer scene instead they relied on some clumsy and talentless legs.

These are the coaches who refused to take advice and instead they have successfully contributed to the downfall of our game.

In fact, it was risky for Fam to trust such a terrible combination of coaches to take us into the group stages of the Africa Nations Cup when the writing was on the wall that they lacked football brains.

In fact, it was risky to trust coaches, who failed to admit that their football tactics had hit the ceiling and had nothing to offer to improve our game. It was unfortunate that Fam allowed things to get so bad before reacting.

It would be ridiculous to blame Fam for failing to assist the team and coaches when the association had pumped in K125 million to prepare for this game.

It would be ridiculous for the employers to start thinking of deploying these coaches to their previous positions of regional coaches, if what Ministry of Sports Director, James Ndalama, said is anything to go by, because we are afraid that their football flaws would contaminate other coaches.

It is high time we got rid of these recycled coaches because they are a menace to our game.

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