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FIFA Ban Threat Affected Players - Mapeza

FIFA Ban Threat Affected Players - Mapeza

Former Warriors coach Norman Mapeza said that the threat of a FIFA ban ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals may have had a negative psychological impact on the players.

The Warriors travelled to Cameroon for the AFCON tournament with the Sword of Damocles hanging over their head after FIFA threatened to impose sanctions on the country.

The world football governing body had demanded that the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) reinstates the Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) board it had suspended by 3 January 2022 or risk a ban.

The Warriors, whose AFCON campaign was bankrolled by the SRC, lost the first two matches against Senegal and Malawi before beating Guinea in the final group game.

However, the victory was a case of too little, too late as the two defeats had extinguished their hopes of progressing to the round of 16.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event where FBC bank was handing over the money they pledged for the team, Mapeza said:

My biggest worry for them (the players) was that they would be asking me, ‘coach are we going to be banned, are we going to go home now?

I think psychologically some of them got affected but I spoke to them and said look guys let’s focus on what is at hand at the moment.

If we put more focus on what is going to happen, whether we are going to get banned or what, it’s not going to help us.

I think that talk helped us a lot in terms of the psychological side of the game.

More: The Standard


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11 Comments

Monica M. 4 months ago

Ko kungotaura chokwadi, kuti maSanctions zvineyi.


Gaffer ✪ω✪ 4 months ago

😂😂😂

Bright 4 months ago

Haaaa vamapeza madii mangonyarara henyu munopa vanhu hasha imi


Seh Calaz @mabhanditi 4 months ago

MAPEZA UNODA RUMAMISO TAKANZWA KUTI WAKANETSANA NAKHAMA ZVAKAITA KUTI ASIYE BHORA IWEWE ,WAKARAMBA ZVE KUSHANDA NA BENJI ,MU TEAM UKAWANZA HWAI DZAKO DZE FC PLATINUM KUNATIONAL TEAM NO MORE YOU


Adv slamey 4 months ago

Nhy coach koo pamiti you were happy with the team maiedza kutii. Kana makasvasvangwa makarakashwa zve no zvekuti FIFA ban chii chakadaro, rongai team zvakanaka chete zvisinei kuti munotambisa ma face enyu. U were beaten because of lack of strategy chete ko ana equatorial Guinea avo vozotii idzo dzaiva Shiri, kana muchirohwa be Malawi yamunozorova ndeipi, paoneiwo ipapo,let's call spade a spade, takarohwa period


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

GOOD MORNING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. YES, THE WARRIORS WERE BEATEN BY SENEGAL AND MALAWI.

I PLAYED SOCCER IN THE LATE 1960s TO EARLY 1970s. PSYCHOLOGICALLY THE FIFA THREAT TO BAN THE WARRIORS COULD HAVE AFFECTED THEM.

IT HAPPENS NOT IN SOCCER ONLY, BUT ALSO IN OTHER SPORTS OR OTHER ACTIVITIES. IT ALSO HAPPENS IN EDUCATIONAL EXAMINATIONS. ONE HAS TO GO IN THE EXAMINATION ROOM WITH A CLEAR MIND, WITHOUT THINKING OF OTHER PROBLEMS.

THERE ARE ALSO OTHER CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS WHICH CAUSED THE DEMISE OF GREAT WARRIORS, BUT LET US SUSPEND THEIR DISCUSSION FOR A LATER DAY

YOURS TRULY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Tanaka21 4 months ago

Saka mu face uyu anotoita wanhu mapenzi


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Yvt 4 months ago

Idzi so ka, kokungonyarara.


Mwana wevhu 4 months ago

Makadyiwa hamu goni chete zvekuhumana waona Mari ndo kudiyi coach.


The Terraces 4 months ago

Coach, Ko kungonyarara zvakadii. Makatodzoka wani.


T 4 months ago

Hmmm bruh if we lost then we lost.
Zvekuzogadzira mastories izvi zvinokupusisa



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