Trans­parency in the se­lec­tion of War­riors cru­cial

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FOR­MER High­landers and War­riors shot stop­per Ta­puwa Kap­ini made an im­por­tant ob­ser­va­tion on Tues­day when he ques­tioned the na­tional team’s se­lec­tion cri­te­ria. The High­lands Park goal­keeper in the South African Absa Pre­mier­ship also ac­cused player agent Gib­son Ma­hachi of hav­ing un­due in­flu­ence in the make-up of the se­nior na­tional team.

Kap­ini cor­rectly ob­served that Ma­hachi’s clients dom­i­nate the War­riors, in­clud­ing coach Cal­listo Pa­suwa him­self, and what is dis­turb­ing are the al­le­ga­tions he fur­ther raised, ac­cus­ing the agent of de­stroy­ing the na­tional team by push­ing for se­lec­tion of play­ers from his sta­ble.

“Am just ask­ing; is the Zim­babwe na­tional team picked on per­for­mance or be­cause Ma­hachi is your agent,” asked Kap­ini on his Face­book wall.

He reaf­firmed that po­si­tion in a later in­ter­view with

“Ma­hachi is killing our foot­ball,” he said. “Play­ers must and should be se­lected on present form, not be­cause one be­longs to a cer­tain sta­ble. If you check, one of the most con­sis­tent goal­keep­ers (in the Cas­tle Lager Pre­mier­ship) at the mo­ment Pet­ros Mhari (of FC Plat­inum) is con­tin­u­ously be­ing over­looked sim­ply be­cause he does not be­long to Ma­hachi’s sta­ble. Surely can we com­pare Dono­van Bernard and even Tatenda Muku­ruva to Mhari? God help our foot­ball,” said Kap­ini.

If Kap­ini’s al­le­ga­tions are cor­rect that for one to stand any chance of don­ning the se­nior na­tional team colours, he has to sign with Ma­hachi’s sta­ble, then our War­riors are headed for doom.

We take um­brage when some peo­ple play games with our na­tional team be­cause it is our na­tional pride, our iden­tity and our am­bas­sadors. These peo­ple must re­alise that there are thou­sands of fans who love their na­tional team to the ex­tent that they fail to eat or so­cialise when the War­riors lose. They there­fore should take great of­fence, as we do, when agents in­flu­ence team se­lec­tion, not the na­tional coach bas­ing his de­ci­sions only on cur­rent form.

It can­not just be co­in­ci­den­tal that eight play­ers from Ma­hachi’s sta­ble made the War­riors’ squad that played Guinea in the dead rub­ber fi­nal Af­con qual­i­fier in Conakry. The call-up of Ron­ald Chi­tiyo as a re­place­ment for FC Plat­inum’s Mar­shal Mudewe, who had been in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent, seems to have raised ques­tions be­cause after all, Chi­tiyo had re­cently signed up to Ma­hachi’s sta­ble.

High­landers’ mid­fielder King Nadolo also en­joyed the ben­e­fits of join­ing Ma­hachi’s camp as he got a call-up for the Cosafa tour­na­ment held in Namibia in June soon after sign­ing with the “su­per agent”.

The eight play­ers on the Ma­hachi sta­ble who played in Conakry are Tatenda Muku­ruva, Bless­ing Moyo, Tafadzwa Kutinyu, Lawrence Mh­langa, Evans Rusike, God­knows Mur­wira, Tendai Ndoro and Teenage Hadebe.

If it is true that Ma­hachi uses the na­tional team as a bait for play­ers to sign with him, then dras­tic ac­tion must be taken. We can’t treat our na­tional team as a cheap mar­ket­place which agents use to get their play­ers deals out­side the coun­try. Play­ers must be se­lected purely on merit and on present form and not past rep­u­ta­tion, which team they play for or which sta­ble they be­long to.

“Our foot­ballers must be as­sured that they all stand a fair chance of mak­ing it into the na­tional team if they per­form well and not be­cause they are in a cer­tain camp.

Zifa should not al­low the War­riors to be cap­tured by some clique for il­licit pri­vate gains. If the cliques re­ally feel strongly about pick­ing play­ers for any games, we urge them to form their own clubs and do as they please, not to pri­va­tise and abuse the na­tional team and the mil­lions of War­riors fans in the coun­try and abroad.

Trans­parency in the se­lec­tion process is needed and very clear con­flict of in­ter­est rules must also be put in place to safe­guard and pre­vent our na­tional teams from be­ing owned by some in­di­vid­u­als.

We have enough prob­lems in our foot­ball and can’t let them spi­ral out of con­trol by al­low­ing one sta­ble to in­dulge in favouritism by choos­ing their play­ers as a re­ward for sign­ing up or be­ing left out for be­long­ing to a ri­val sta­ble.

This weighs neg­a­tively on hard­work­ing play­ers’ morale and con­fi­dence and it must irk them that they get con­tin­u­ously over­looked, while others are al­ways be­ing given a chance even when their form is abysmal.

The cri­te­ria of se­lec­tion should be per­for­mance-based and per­for­mance alone. Also, se­lec­tion of na­tional teams should be left to the tech­ni­cal staff and them alone in a fair and trans­par­ent man­ner, and not some in­di­vid­u­als that will not share in the re­spon­si­bil­ity of fail­ure.

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