The curtain came down on Zimbabwe’s participation at the CAF African Nations Cup (CHAN) 2016 by virtue of having lost their second game against Mali on Saturday, by a similar scoreline as to Zambia: 0-1.
Their loss can be traced by to way before they even set foot in Rwanda and as far back as 7 December 2015.
Poor Training Camp
The Warriors were meant to get into camp as early as December 7, but due to the ZIFA executive elections the national football body was not able to concentrate any resources towards the training camp that saw the Warriors only starting to train 1 week later.
The lack of training would see Pasuwa being unable to gauge his squad and to impart tactical information to the lads.
Pasuwa Being Fired
That very next week while being in camp, ZIFA pulled a shocker and dismissed their coaching team and disbanded camp. That they were just 5 days into it, this break would cost the team 9 valuable days, as the period was dotted with holidays as well.
No Friendly Matches
Even after expressing the need for international friendly matches for the team, Zimbabwe would only get to play against Harare City FC, a club that finished 7th in the Zimbabwe Premier League and that was promoted as recently as 2012.
ZIFA may be applauded for having dangled a monetary carrot, by stating that the Warriors would keep all money that they’d win at the tournament, but this was not enough to spur on a ill prepared team.
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