By Anashe Murombedzi
Zimbabwe has paid the price of not investing in junior football development with local pundits saying the Warriors could have done better at the AFCON tournament currently underway in Cameroon.
Zimbabwe suffered their second defeat in Group B at the AFCON tournament when they lost to Malawi on Friday.
Disappointing was the defeat that local football analysts have called for the nation to go back to the drawing board in terms of developing young talent if the Warriors are to do better in future assignments.
“We need sharpshooters. We need players such as Danver Mukamba because we know what they are made of so something has to be done in terms of selection. If you’re a striker you are supposed to score goals because playing games is about winning and it’s scoring goals. Something has to be done once we get back here we need to get back to the drawing board start development structures so that we try and youngsters maybe in a time of two years and so on I think we would develop a new group,” said Vusi Lahir -Former Warriors U23 Captain
Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association Chairman Bheki Nyoni also spoke on the need for talent development.
“When we look at talent you find that we have but it has to be developed .I think it’s something we should do and we try to make sure that we work as much as we can. We should dream of having an Under-17 team going to AFCON, the Under-20 going to World Cup and the Under-23s going to the Olympics. If we have that system it means by the time the players are called to the national team they will have a lot of experience ,” he said.
The Warriors are all but out of the tournament, having extended a winless run at the African football showpiece to 10 games, having last won in 2006 when Cephas Chimedza and Benjani Mwaruwari sealed a 2-1 victory against Ghana.
Zimbabwe play Guinea on Tuesday in their last group game, with analysts calling for the team to be clinical in front of goal if they are to redeem some pride at the tournament.
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