Although Madinda has indicated that he wants to stay on as coach, ZNSSA president Eddie Nyatanga says Madinda has failed in the wake of the Warriors’ disastrous campaign and want him replaced immediately.Surprisingly, it is the same supporters body that spoke glowingly about Madinda and his team following their 1-0 victory over Ghana’s Black Stars on Februaty 9.
This time around, they have turned against the same coach they heaped praise on with Nyatanga contending that coaches’ performances are judged by the final outcome of a tournament adding that the fact that the Warriors were eliminated in the first round at Chan exposed Madinda’s shortcomings.
Nyatanga, who has been in office for over a decade says the system of caretaker coaches has failed the Warriors and the nation adding that it was time that Zifa made a bold decision and appointed a coach on a long term contract.
“ Zifa have to act now. They should appoint a coach to take us until the 2004 World Cup. It does not matter who the coach is or where he comes from, we just need a coach with a track record,’ says Nyatanga.
The supporters boss said if Zifa did not take the coach’s issue with a matter of urgency, the Warriors would soon find themselves out of the run for the 2012 Nations Cup before the real battle for positions begins.Although Zifa themselves have made it clear that they are in favour of a local coach, the football governing body does not seem to have a clue as to which individual they are really after.At first they wanted Rahman Gumbo, then Charles Mhlauri and now word has it that they are now turning back to Norman Mapeza.
Zimbabwe are in the same Nations Cup group with Cape Verde, Mali, and Liberia. The Warriors are in third place with two points from three games. Cape Verde lead the group with four points while Mali are second on three. Only one team from the group has automatic qualification to the finals.
The Warriors failed to qualify for both the 2008 and 2010 Nations Cup having made successive appearances at the 2004 and 2006 editions.