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Mapeza Defends His Team Selection

Mapeza Defends His Team Selection

National team coach Norman Mazepa defended his squad selection in the 1-0 loss to Senegal in the Warriors’ Group B opener at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals on Monday.

Mapeza has been criticised by some Warriors fans for his purported preference for players linked to his club, FC Platinum and excluding quality players from his 23-man AFCON squad.

Gerald Takwara, Never Tigere, Petros Mhari, and Kelvin Madzongwe, who all played against The Lions of Teranga, have links to FC Platinum, as former or current players.

But Mapeza said that the players who played against Senegal justified their inclusion in the team by “working their socks off”. Speaking after the match, Mapeza is quoted by ZIFA as saying:

Credit goes to my boys. I think we played very well. Nobody gave us a chance against a quality team like Senegal.

If you look at the names in their squad, most of their guys are playing for top European clubs.

I think we had some moments where we controlled the game. Luck wasn’t on our side.

Credit to my boys, I think they worked their socks off. Now we focus on our next game against Malawi.

We are just going to work on our conversion rate. I think we did a lot in the final third where we had some good opportunities.

We also had some opportunities on set pieces. I’m proud of my boys. We worked so hard.

Our minds are now on the game against Malawi where we need to give our all so that we can get maximum points because I think if we can manage to get 4 points we will get to the round of 16. That is where much of our focus will be against Malawi.

Unfortunately, we have a 23-man squad. I should give credit to those guys which I selected today.

We have got guys who came from Europe and they only joined the squad with 5 days to go, but the rest of those guys [trained together] for about 10 days.

So, I don’t think I made any wrong decision in selecting those guys who started today. I think they did well.

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14 Comments

General 5 months ago

Haaaa thumps upp guys makasota mutamboo wrse kukwanisa kubata Senegal sezviyaaa haaaa well played guys bty my advc z tibatireiwo Gunie iyooo haaaa malawii iWork over


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST COACH "NOMARA" ARE NOT NEW. THEY ARE PERENNIAL AS LONG AS THE COACH IS LOCAL. AT ONE TIME IN THE HISTORY OF ZIMBABWEAN SOCCER, UNDER FABISCH WE HAD 8 PLAYERS FROM HIGHLANDERS FOOTBALL CLUB IN THE NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM.

FOR CONVENIENCE SAKE, THESE WERE THE PLAYERS: MADINDA NDLOVU, ADAMA NDLOVU, PETER NDLOVU, BENJAMAN KNONJERA, MACKAY NYATHI,MERCEDES SIBANDA, PETER NKOMO AND {THE LATE WHOSE NAME I HAVE FORGOTTEN}.

PEOPLE MADE A LOT OF NOISES, BUT FABISCH NEVER LISTENED. HE SAID HE WAS THE BOSS.

SELECTION CRETERIA OF NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS IS WIDE OPEN FROM BEST PLAYERS, DOWN TO PLAYERS THE COACH BELIEVES WILL GIVE HIM THE BEST SERVICE. LET US LEAVE THE COACH DO HIS WORK UNHINDERED. NO COACH WOULD WANT TO LOSE.

HIS REASON FOR LEAVING SOME OF EUROPE BEST PLAYERS THAT THEY HAD TRAINED FOR ONLY 5 DAYS IS NZWIKABLE. LET US ALLOW THIS MATTER TO REST IN PEACE AND NOT IN PIECES.

{GO NORMAN MAPEZA GO. BENJANI IS BREATHING DOWN YOUR NECK}

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
{ THE BUSH LAWYER }


MuGrade 2 5 months ago

Mercedes Rambo Sibanda

Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Team yese yakatamba guys tisade kudona tumazida twe hama kana ma friends edu cute


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Jombo 5 months ago

Good job coach keep the morale burning in worriors camp we will do it


Brian 5 months ago

Mazimba kusatapota bhora atigone kwakauya coach weku Caps or chicken inn unonzwa ve dembare never platnum vachiti asarudza vekwawo seizvi tichiri kure pa nyaya yekusapota plus imwe nyanya kunyanya kana using gone kutamba bhora or kuri kika hko zvinokushuoa kunzwisisa kuhwinha or kudyiwa ahunyatsozo zvitambira

Doroguru 5 months ago

Takwara,Mhari,Madzongwe and Mhari were outstanding performers in that match. Well-done coach and the boys. Pamberi nebasa Boyz dzangu vavengi ndoozvavari🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼


Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Vanhu vangachachema team selection nhasi hr,takutoita zviripo let's rally and support our guyz

Doroguru 5 months ago

Kkk the whole team played well,had to mention those guys coz ndivo vadomwa mazita avo mu story yacho kkk. And I almost asked kuti Pindula azviwana kupi kuti vanhu varikuchema ne team selection yaMapeza coz everyone seems to mei behind the team🤔🤷

Nimrod mandishona 5 months ago

Nhaiwe unonzi dorodiki anonzi wadi Ishmael akangaakapfeka Jewish number 7 hauna kumuonawo kana Bruce kanga hauna kumuonqma futi kana waiita rekunzwa pa radio

MaSheff 5 months ago

We rallying behind you Coach Mapeza


Zvazvanga zvingori 5 months ago

Tamba nevaripo,ndizviripo izvozvi usatya Nomara


Bläskøshto 5 months ago

vakomana vakamira mira


Trent 5 months ago

Proudly supporting🇿🇼



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