FROM the Ascot Stadium torn nets to Talent Maphosaa��s trials at Free State Stars we have all discussed some of the football lovers here.
It has become very intense that even my barber has touched on Zimbabwe soccer. You see I always pity one who comes after me in the queue to give a re-touch to our heads a�� both the hair and beard.
Thulani Sibandze is an ardent Khosi fan and I remember very well when Mamelodi Sundowns turned the tables on Kaizer Chiefs I labelled them Makhosikazi but one thing I like about him is he has kept touch with Zimbabwe football and players even beyond Africa.
This week it ranged from a�?I hear Kudakwashe Mahachi has impressed at Monaco, Knowledge Musona set to be replaced by Ovidy Karuru, do you know Ovidy Karuru? I tell you we are signing him watch this space. Is my Zimbabwe team Highlanders still leading? How is Lloyd Mutasaa��s Platinum FC (as he calls it) doing?a�?
And so often I try to have answers to all these questions but this week I had to evade him a bit for the simple reason a�� the poor advert on Zimbabwe soccer a�� the torn nets at Ascot Stadium. Not to rub it in I knew he was going to say Rocklands Stadium just eight kilometres out of Piggs Peak or Mayaluka Stadium in Big Bend is better than Ascot Stadium.
Having cut sports journalism teeth as a resident anchorman, earned such nicknames as Division One specialist (exclusive to the then Muziwethu Hadebea��s Saturday Sports World on SFM), Tymon Makinaa��s Sunday Soccer and BP Checka��s Captain and Flight Lieutenant or the popular Resource Centre a�� I was obviously going to defend Ascot Stadium.
But I know he saw it and will obviously ask some day but nonetheless there is one thing critical that he mentioned the last time we had our soccer chat a�� Green Mamba made a mistake firing Mutasa. His justification was based on that the last trophy that the His Majesty Correctional Service soccer flagship team won was under Mutasa and that is almost three years to date.
Sibandze reckons this is the longest Green Mamba has gone without a piece of silverware thus he believes Mutasa should have stayed on and won the team more silverware. Most of you will most probably believe this assertion but only time will prove the prophet and who knows the prisons team a�� the last to ever play Zimbabwe opponent might bounce back.
But at the time he was fired or quit a�� whichever way one looks at it a�� Mutasa enjoyed little support thus the teama��s performance went down and with a close shave survived relegation and up until today they have been average at a time the other uniformed forces teams namely Royal Leopards and Young Buffaloes are at the peak of the show.
We will definitely see what is in store for the 2014/15 season when it kicks off on the 3rd of August with the season opening SPTC Charity Shield which all the three uniformed forces teams are most certainly going to be joined by my Mbabane Highlanders, Mbabane Swallows and Manzini Wanderers judging by the tele-voting trends.
Back to Zimbabwe soccer, good to see that my former boss, Commissioner General Paradzai Zimondi through the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service have invested in soccer this time around entrusting their fortunes in such cadres as Agent Sawu at Ntabazinduna and Hwahwa Prison FCa��s Luke Petros Jukulile.
With the two teams leading the Southern Region and Central Region first divisions, coupled by Flame Lilya��s second position in the Northern Region and Tenax within striking range in the Eastern Region I have a good feeling they might not miss after all.
Feedback from last weeka��s columna��
Noel Sir, I found it very interesting how you put it all bare just how the a�?national associationa�? Zifa (if ever it has a national feel to it) seems to have all its activities centralized in Harare. Fair enough you raised the issue of stadia uplift and infrastructural development most of which I applauded, I however bemoan the lack of strategic planning in the implementation of such programmes.
Okay that said and done my main worry is that of the a�?National Team.a�? We have the capital city Harare and it is common knowledge there is the second capital which is Bulawayo,A� looking at such a scenario we then ask if the a�?national teama�? can be called one considering the fact it always plays in Harare and seldom in the many different centres countrywide!
Let us take for instance a friendly match pitting Zimbabwe and their northern neighbours Zambia in a mid week FIFA calender match. Would it not make better sense to have the match played at the Colliery stadium in the coal mining town that houses descendants of the Zambian and Malawian people?
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