Gorowa Makes It Clear That He Wishes To Stay

The manager of the Zimbabwe national football team, Ian Gorowa, has made it clear he is not going to leave his post.

Zimbabwe suffered a humiliating loss against Tanzania a few days ago with which they got out of the race of the Nations Cup finals qualification.

The fans of the Zimbabwe team were hugely disappointed after that game and rightly so. They have every right to be disappointed as their team has not given them a single moment of joy in the last 5 years or so.

Zimbabwe’s journey in the World Cup qualifying tournament was disastrous too. They couldn’t secure a victory in any of the 6 matches that they played and ended up at the last position in their group.

After that loss against Tanzania, there had been talks that Gorowa might consider to resign, but, the 42-year Old denied the possibility of that happening.

Speaking to the reporters yesterday, Gorowa said that losing the Tanzania game was gutting for him too. It left him totally devastated, but, he decided to be practical and not to take any decision while being emotional.

The Zimbabwe boss said, “It was very difficult to take, that result (against Tanzania). We let a lot of people down there and I want to convey my sincere apologies to them. I want to say sorry to the reporters as well who were waiting for me there and I didn’t come. I hope people understand how terrible I was feeling at that point of time.”

“As far as my future with Zimbabwe football is concerned, the only thing I want to say is that it was very easy for a manager to leave it all and part ways with the association after that defeat, but, I didn’t do that. My love for the nation didn’t let me do that. I am determined to bring Zimbabwe out of this situation.”


Zimbabwe’s national team manager Ian Gorowa will have the opportunity to integrate home and foreign-based players when his team take on Malawi in a friendly match. This will be a great opportunity to improve the team ahead of the 2015 African nations cup qualifiers. Zimbabwe have been struggling to deal with politics within the country and it has taken its toll on the national team as well. Even though they suffered only two defeats after the recent African nations cup Championship, many reckon that Africa still has a long way to go before it sees the best out of Zimbabwe.

Gorowa has named a team that will see six foreign players be part of the squad. Apart from the friendly against South Africa, which is Zimbabwe lost 2-1, Gorowa has not had the opportunity to field foreign players on a regular basis. These foreign based players provide a lot of quality to the team given that they are regularly competing against some of the best in the world. Gorowa has urged the best players from Zimbabwe to grab the opportunity to play abroad especially in Europe. Zifa communications manager, Xolisani Gwesela, says that the nation will be looking to use this friendly to improve ahead of the 2015 African nations cup qualifiers.

“We usually place lot of importance in such matches for obvious reasons. The first is that the coach has a number of players he wants to look at and these players need to be exposed at the international stage. Secondly we want our national team to be a major force to reckon with in the SADC region and in the whole of Africa. So, funds permitting and depending on the logistics, we will take every opportunity to play these friendly internationals,” said Gwesela.

Zimbabwe later managed a 4-1 win over Malawi in the friendly match.

Performance Acknowledged By FIFA

FIFA has highly praised the fantastic work of Ian Gorowa, the Coach of Warriors, during the Final of African National Championship. Overtaking Klaus Dieter Pagel, Gorowa, directed the Zimbabwe National Football Team, the Warriors to the semi final rounds of CHAN. During the 3rd match off, the warriors lost to the Nigerians while the team made into the top hundred football playing counties according to FIFA special ratings. This progress under the new coach Gorowa was acknowledged yesterday by FIFA as they specifically devoted a part of fifa.com to the National Football Team of Zimbabwe.

Ian Gorowa was asked to take up the task of coaching the Warriors by the Zimbabwe Football Association; post Klaus Dieter Pagel quit his post last summer. Since then there has been no looking back on the part of the forty two year old ex- international football player, who has led the National Zimbabwe Football team to victory time and again.

FIFA noted that the warriors have been gradually climbing the ratings of the FIFA Coca Cola World Football Ranking by 5 spots, now making them 27th best in Africa and 100th best in world. This has been the team’s best performance since Nov 2012.

Quite a number of reputed football clubs of South Africa noted the progress of the Warriors during the CHAN finals, said FIFA. Kuda Mahachi is expected to play with Mamelodi Sundowns while How Mine’s Simba Sithole has been linked up with Ajax Cape Town. As SuperSport is eyeing George Chigova, the ace Goalkeeper, Patson Jaure, the team’s skipper is being tracked by Orlando Pirates.

The opening matches against Uganda and Morocco were drawn by the Warriors while they outdid Burkina Faso hence proceeding into the quarter finale.  Gorowa showcased his happiness on the team’s performance but assured a lot is yet more to come.