Former Warriors coach Sunday Chidzambwa believes lack of quality players on the domestic scene is the major reason why local clubs are struggling in continental club competitions.
Chidzambwa’s comments come after FC Platinum bowed out of the CAF Champions League before the lucrative group stage.
While so many factors were against FC Platinum including lack of competitive football action for almost a year and a hostile environment in Tanzania, Chidzambwa who led Dynamos to the 1998 CAF Champions league final has called for serious investment in sport.
“Back in the days we used to have quality and we also retained most of our players now we lose a lot of players to South Africa, Zambia etc. We need to invest in sport so as to retain out top talents, we will always struggle because now we have what is left after others have taken our talent and sadly we are not signing better players from other countries,” said Chidzambwa.
Performance analyst Kudzai Chitima also echoed the same sentiments saying there is need for a system overhaul.
“Clubs need to invest in the structure not only on the players, but also on the system. Look at other clubs’ technical setups, for example, Sundowns – how much they invested in their team.
“A coach and two assistants won’t lead a club to glory we need football directors, performance analysts, physiologist and sports scientist because football has evolved,” he said.
Sport is evolving and the gap is getting bigger as Zimbabwe lags behind in terms of making an impact on the international stage.