Gorowa’s future uncertain

Ian Gorowa

WARRIORS coach Ian Gorowa last week failed to submit a technical report for the doomed two-legged Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Tanzania.


This further threw the coach’s future into uncertainty after he led the Warriors to the worst-ever Afcon qualifying campaign. Zifa were expecting Gorowa to submit his report last week, but the South Africa-based coach has suddenly gone silent.

He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

In 13 competitive matches he was in charge of the Warriors, Gorowa managed four wins, six draws and three losses.

Zifa communications officer Xolisani Gwesela professed ignorance on the report. “We have not seen the report as yet,” Gwesela said.

While Gorowa failed to submit his report, it has also emerged that most representatives of the eight-member high performance technical committee appointed by Zifa were yet to respond to their appointments.

Zifa board member and chairman of the committee John Phiri was yesterday not certain when the committee would meet as well as provide recommendations on the coach.

“Some of the guys have not yet responded to the appointments,” Phiri said.

“Maybe we will meet in the next two weeks.”

One member of the committee was in the dark on when they would meet and deliberate on the Warriors technical team.

“John Phiri is supposed to call the meeting as the chairman, so we are just waiting to hear from him. When I received a letter of appointment I was told that our first meeting was supposed to take place last Wednesday, but nothing like that happened,” he said.

Another member echoed the same sentiment. “As the high performance committee we have not yet met and we do not know when we will meet. We only received letters of appointment from Zifa and we have not received any report from Ian Gorowa.”

Zifa appear not to be treating the Afcon qualifier defeat as much of a disaster as the rest of the country does and business at the mother body appears to have come to a standstill in the absence of president Cuthbert Dube, his deputy Omega Sibanda and chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze, all in Brazil for the World Cup.