It is the darkest chapter in the dawn of an anticipated new era in Zimbabwean football and a tragedy which will haunt the nation for a long time.
These are sentiments of football analysts in reaction to ZIFA’s sacking of head coach Callisto Pasuwa and his technical department.
There is consensus ZIFA’s decision to fire Pasuwa is not only ill-timed, but lacks rationale.
It is normally said new brooms sweep cleaner, but to Zimbabwean football this has proven to be false.
From the dark days under Henrietta Rushwaya to even darker days under Cuthbert Dube, Zimbabwean football appears to have been cursed.
Hardly two weeks after taking the reins at 53 Livingstone Avenue, Philip Chiyangwa and his blundering board led by tormentor-in-chief Omega Sibanda are threatening to take local football into the abyss.
The sacking of Pasuwa has been received with shock.
Veteran football administrator Francis Zimunya says this is the darkest chapter in local football which is a perpetuation of the Cuthbert Dube era.
Analyst Stanley Katsande says the ZIFA move has replaced optimism of a few days ago and a cloud of tragedy now hovers above local football with the repercussions likely to be felt by all soccer loving Zimbabweans.
Sports administrator Bobby Chivaviro questions that of all issues which ZIFA felt needed urgent redress, there is something amiss in that the newly constituted Chiyangwa led board has chosen to start by sacking a coach who has delivered results under impossible working conditions.
For many voices of reason who cautioned against electing into office the current board, claiming vindication might have come too soon after a decision which might certainly go down in Zimbabwean football as that, “ Black Thursday of December 2015.”
Meanwhile, people in Masvingo have reacted angrily to ZIFA’s decision to fire to Pasuwa saying the decision is ill informed and must be reversed.
Those in love with the beautiful game in Masvingo say ZIFA’s decision to fire Pasuwa and his whole technical department is an act of sabotage.
The future of football in Zimbabwe is bleak if irresponsible people like those currently leading ZIFA are left to do what they want, the people in Masvingo say.
The common view among the residents was that Pasuwa and his technical department performed above expectations when he was hardly given sufficient resources to work with.