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"Foreign-based Players Regret Choosing Zimbabwe" - Mpandare

National sports Teams General Manager Wellington Mpandare has said some foreign-based football players are regretting choosing Zimbabwe over other nationalities they are eligible to play for.

This comes as Zimbabwe has been disqualified from taking part in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers for failing to meet FIFA demands.

ZIFA which was serving a FIFA ban over political interference in the sport had been allowed to participate on grounds that they would reinstate suspended Felton Kamambo-led ZIFA. That did not happen as the Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) maintains that Kamambo and his administration have to answer to allegations of sexual abuse of female referees and abuse of public funds.

Two weeks ago Mpandare sent invitation letters to players and arranged flights while clinging on to the hope that the national team will be part of the road to Côte d’Ivoire.

Soccer24 reports that Mpandare sounded “very positive, confident and excited, particularly in the context of trying to lure new players like Andy Rinomhota (Reading) and Reis Nelson (Arsenal), who are both eligible to play for Zimbabwe.”

Then Zimbabwe was banned. He spoke to Soccer24:

It’s like someone has deprived me of oxygen because football is what I live for.

We have shattered some players’ dreams, some of them are now regretting  choosing Zimbabwe over England.

For those who were supposed to represent us for the first time, its over, because they feel we are not organised.

We were in the process of trying to convince Rinomhota and Nelson, but well it’s over, we can kiss goodbye to that possibility.

His remarks are echoed by the veteran goalkeeper and former Warriors captain Tapuwa Kapini who says ZIFA and SRC squabbles have killed national football in Zimbabwe.

A sombre mood engulfed the nation this Tuesday after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced that the Warriors will not be part of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers.

While the SRC indicated that it was prepared for the ban, local football fans have made it clear that they are not ready for such a football blackout.

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35 Comments

Fifa executive 1 month ago

Munofa nawo mabhora aya


Toyani 1 month ago

As long mafia gang still in charge there nothing talk about ngapinde munkomana


for fu###sakes 1 month ago

really this animal named blue is blaming FIFA footsack ediot wake up


Bright 1 month ago

Vakatogona bcz ungade ktambira nyika yakadaro iyoyo inouraya career ka


MuZimbo 1 month ago

nothing works in Zim we are cursed register to vote my people we need change


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Dr Hercules 1 month ago

Its youngsters who ve lost here, then you hear fools like Mlotshwa saying they are ready, for what? Ready to increase the number of the poor?


hik 1 month ago

everything will be left grounded with this government


🚩 1 month ago

𝙸𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝚋𝚎𝚌𝚊𝚞𝚜𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚞𝚙𝚒𝚍 𝚂𝚁𝙲 𝚋𝚘𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚛𝚘𝚘𝚖 𝚙𝚘𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚜. 𝙱𝚎𝚍𝚞 𝚠𝚎𝚎 , 𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚜 𝚊𝚍𝚖𝚒𝚗 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚖𝚒𝚡 𝚠𝚒𝚝𝚑 𝚙𝚘𝚕𝚊𝚍. 𝙿𝚘𝚕𝚒𝚝𝚒𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚗𝚜 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚐𝚘𝚘𝚍 𝚐𝚊𝚖𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚒𝚊𝚝𝚎 𝚊𝚍𝚖𝚒𝚗. 𝙼𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚐𝚊𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗𝚜 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚎𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚞𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚗𝚍 𝙺𝚊𝚖𝚊𝚖𝚋𝚘, 𝚕𝚎𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚍𝚞𝚍𝚎 𝚋𝚎 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚍 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚌𝚘𝚗𝚟𝚒𝚌𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚗 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚒𝚖𝚙𝚘𝚜𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚖 𝚋𝚘𝚊𝚛𝚍.


Nkust 1 month ago

If src was prepared for the ban it's good on their side nekuti vanongohora dai parliament ya seater yati zvakusina bhora no work no pay nekuti vanorarama ne kutamba bhora were not prepared for the ban


mpambis 1 month ago

fifa iyi yakatongo timaka zvayo


Mdara Odza 1 month ago

Rules are rules, they have to be adhered to

Feetball Fan 1 month ago

Vangacheme zvavo but they are average players. Pachokwadi zvacho they would not make it into England teams etc


😃 1 month ago

Kkkk so true. And thats the bitter truth

Chris 1 month ago

And people were giving Macauley Bonne stick for refusing to play for the national team.


Dzvamu 1 month ago

SRC yakadhakwa ivo ana mlotshwa vari kutambira ko vanoda kuendawo kunze vanozodiiwo? Kkkkk Zimbabwe is a circus without clowns!!!! What a predicament!!!!


factos 1 month ago

why banning soccer only
Ban them also from any regional trade because they disobey human rights as they fail to meet international or regional standards


America🇺🇸 1 month ago

Happy Africa day Ma africa amahle 🌍


Dzvamu 1 month ago

Nothing african in south africa. Expel south africa from AU and all regional groupings they will learn their lesson the hard way.

. VYBZ KARTEL 1 month ago

Nyika inourawa nembavha dzayo

Hove inotangakuora musoror


Da Truth 1 month ago

I will scratch my blue balls in silent🔵🐒

Blue 🔵 1 month ago

Magara bhora racho hamugoni. No loss there.

Mahachi 1 month ago

Coventry where are you. Zimbabwe is no longer colony


Killer Clown 🤡🤡🤡 1 month ago

Oooh oooh, the killer clown 🤡🤡🤡 is back.


Killer clown supporter 1 month ago

Ko wanga uripi tanga tasuwa kuseka

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

All citizens should blame the government of His Excellency Advocate President ED MNANGAGWA. The cabinet sits in meetings where these issues are discussed the way forward is found. Cabinet meetings are all chaired by the President mbune. Therefore the President is also aware of the goings on at ZIFA. I humbly ask SRC and the Police to speed up investigations and take Felton Kamambo to court. In the alternative way SRC must have reinstated Kamambo, but continued with their case against Kamambo in the courts of law. These are channels which a concerned Sports Commission could have followed.

NYIKA INOURAIWA NE MBAVHA DZAYO.

HAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ]


Zuze 1 month ago

Eish, vamwe vanhu so, inhubu. Nhai Blue ndepapi paita Chawabvunza "entice public disobedience "? You are putting words into Chawabvunza's mouth which he didn't express.

Uri off-topic. Kana uine 'previous' dzako ngadzirege kunyuka pese pese.

Ndatenda hangu

Blue 🔵 1 month ago

How fast you dared to touch the president. Can't you see it's Fifa that's messing things up, yet, you wanna touch the president. FIFA itself has ulterior motives here. Fishy stuff. People like Chawabvunza here like to entice public disobedience

Bright 1 month ago

Chokwadi ichocho

ndunge 1 month ago

vouraya bhora neeconomy vanhu vaye


gogodera 1 month ago

Zim


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

Regretting being a Zimbabwean is not right coz Zimbabwe is not a political party, its the leaders in it that are the cause simple coz they have failed all corners of the nation...


ccc 1 month ago

its actually not regreting being zimbabwean but they made their giod choices on good account that their country fisrt but the country itself is messing with their livelhoods when they had another choice which they could have chosen obviously now they will regret


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