28 TheStandard September 14 to 20 2014 Sport Cry our beloved Kepekepe The late great Shacky Tauro, Joel Shambo, and Stanley “Sinyo” Ndunduma must be turning in their graves over how the great CAPS United Football Club — a team that they built — has fallen from grace to grass. What is on parade today is no longer the great CAPS United team that was virtually invincible in knockout tournaments to the extent of being dubbed the “Cup Kings”. It is no longer the same side that in 1996, with the inspirational Alois Bunjira and Stewart Murisa, swept all that stood before them in the Premiership. It is no longer the same team that in 2004 and 2005 under the guidance of Charles Mhlauri and parading the likes of energy Murambadoro, Joseph Kamwendo and Cephas Chimedza, was simply unstoppable. The creative and attractive short passing game is gone and gone too are the individual skills from the likes of Stanford “Stix” Mtizwa, Joel “Jubilee” Shambo, Stanely “Sinyo” Ndunduma, Chimedza, and Bunjira that brought pride to the Makepekepe family. In their place now is a CAPS United that is so inept, so lacking in creative and firepower to an extent that it has written its own piece of history following a 6-0 humiliation in the Zimbabwe National Army Charity Cup final at the hands of an FC Platinum side which is itself struggling in the Premiership. Also gone is the sound management style that was the envy of the whole Premiership as Julius Chifokoyo, and later Shepherd Bwanya, and others before them that guided the ship through plain waters with no strikes or fights over non-payment of bonuses. In their place today is a breed of leaders who cannot even raise funds to enable a team to travel to Bulawayo to fulfill a league match against Bantu Rovers. In Bwanya and Chifokoyo’s place is a new type of leadership that can have players wait in the city centre until the middle of the night on Christmas eve, only to make them leave without attending to their end of year payment grievances. In fact, the sight of their coach a few days before the Bantu Rovers debacle tells the story of the real state of affairs at the Green insidesport with MICHAEL KARIATI Machine. I met Taurayi Mangwiro walking down Chinhoyi Street with his huge training bag, which appeared too heavy for him, strapped on his back. I expect Mangwiro, coach of the third biggest football team in the country in terms of crowd attendances, to be driving the smallest of cars, a Toyota Fun Cargo or even a Nissan March — or being chauffeur driven to his Mufakose home if he cannot drive. Yet, for his troubles, Mangwiro has to go home in a crowded commuter omnibus, riding along with the same people who threaten his life at stadiums. Sometimes, it is said, he has to dig deep into his own pocket for that transport fare back home as the club cannot afford to provide him dignified transport. That is now the life at the Green Machine. But to say that CAPS United do not generate enough money to sustain themselves would be making a mockery of Zimbabwean football. Their problems are of their own making. They are a good example of a football club being run badly. While we might try to turn a blind eye to the chaos reigning at the former Cup Kings, the major problem at the club lies in its management structure in which the club president Twine Phiri runs virtually everything. While he might have done well as chairman of the Premier Soccer League, Phiri has let CAPS United fans down. Although from the outside, CAPS United appear to have a chief executive officer and an executive that runs the day-to-day affairs of the club, the truth is that he is there to carry out duties as instructed by the club president. Yes, Dynamos might be suffering because their huge financial pot has too many dirty hands digging into it, but what of CAPS United who are owned by one individual? Any football follower will tell you that a team with such prodigious talent as Tafadzwa Dube, hardlife Zvirekwi, Ronald Pfumbidzai, Kennedy Bulaji, and Dominic Chungwa, should be somewhere better than where it is today. But due to mismanagement, misconceptions, and a self-inflicted financial crisis, CAPS United are in depths of despair. If I was the Premier Soccer League boss myself, I would employ people with the know-how to run a football team and then enjoy my financial pickings from the club. But tell that to most Zimbabwean football club owners, and all you do is create enemies. Are we a one day wonder? On August 31, harare Sports Club resembled a venue for a musical show as Asians, Blacks, coloureds, and whites were all united as they beat their drums, sang and danced with joy, celebrating Zimbabwe’s historic three-wicket win over the world’s top ranked ODI team, Australia. Although Zimbabweans are entitled to reflect on that victory with pride, there are fears that the famous win will come to pass as just a one day wonder, should there be no other such achievements in the immediate future. While Zimbabwe has not played regularly against the top ranked teams, they need more of those victories each time we face big teams for us to believe that we can challenge the best in the world. Right now, we are living in dreamland, believing we are good enough when we have failed to convincingly beat small teams on a regular basis. Defeat at the hands of associate teams like Afghanistan who came to Zimbabwe in July for a Series that ended 2-2 and the heartbreaking loss to Ireland during the ICC World Twenty 20 in Bangladesh, quickly come to mind. One thing that is clear is that the bridge between Zimbabwe and the other Test playing nations is widening while the gap between the Chevrons and the Associate teams is narrowing. Zimbabwe is no longer in the During happier times . . . CAPS United followers cheer their team same league with the likes of India, Australia, South Africa and others, but is slipping down and could soon join the likes of Afghanistan and Ireland. Zimbabwe Cricket’s financial situation which saw them failing to pay the team has not done the sport any good as players like Craig ervine, Kyle Jarvis, Charles Coventry, and Graeme Creemer have taken their talents elsewhere. Despite those challenges, Zimbabwe have always found the resolve to punch above their weight, as shown by the win over Australia. The Test win over Pakistan in 2013 raised hopes for the Zimbabwe fans who last saw the Chevrons beating a top side in 2011 when they stunned New Zealand in an ODI. With the Series against Australia and South Africa now done and gone, Zimbabwe will now have to show the progress they made in their tour of Bangladesh. This will be Zimbabwe’s last competitive Series before the World Cup, to be cohosted by Australia and New Zealand. As we brace for the World Cup in which Zimbabwe is also in the same group with India, South Africa, the West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland, and the UAe, one question that needs to be answered is whether we should continue to rely on the same inconsistent old guard that has failed to bring in the required results. It is high time experienced players like elton Chigumbura start to take a leaf from other international players and perform consistently for the national side. having scored a match winning 52 runs against Australia, it was disappointing to see Chigumbura go out cheaply for 13 in the next game against South Africa. The same should be said of Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Vusi Sibanda and hamiltom Masakadza who at one time was the youngest player to score a Test century on his debut. Surely, given the international exposure they have gained over the years, it is high time these senior players start winning matches for Zimbabwe. Should they continue to underperform, the question that we should start asking ourselves is: are they good enough to sustain realistic challenge or is it time to give others a chance? Between now and the World Cup is the time for coach Steve Mangongo to make sacrifices. he has to pick the best team for the World Cup — not based on association or reputation, but on the capability to deliver. • For views and comments, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or WhatsApp on 077 3 266 779. Zifa struggle to attract friendlies for next month BY MICHAEL MADYIRA AFTeR missing the recent weeklong international football period, Zifa are still battling to find opponents for the national Under-23 team in next month’s international days. The Warriors have however been invited for a friendly match by Morocco slated for November 16. From October 9 to 15, 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and Uefa euro 2016 qualifiers would be underway, presenting a warm-up opportunity for the Young Warriors. But Zimbabwe is still to find opponents for this period after Zifa stressed that they should never miss an international match. The Under-23s are currently the country’s flagship following the dissolution of their seniors after a first round exit from the Afcon qualifiers. The 2016 Olympic Games to be staged in Brazil have now become Zifa’s top priority. But with less than 30 days to go before the next international days, there is still no Under-23 team in place and Olympic qualifiers are set to begin early next year. The current developments have given the strongest indication that the Under-23 project is headed for another embarrassing campaign. Zifa spokesperson Xolisani Gwesela could not spell out next month’s plans for the Under-23. Instead, Gwesela laid blame on Libya’s withdrawal from a friendly match that had been scheduled to take place last Wednesday in Morocco. “There was no time to arrange another friendly match after Libya pulled out at the last minute. We Zifa CEO Jonathan Mashingaidze had no other option,” said Gwesela. This is despite that no preparations for that friendly had been done even before the North Africans announced their withdrawal. To assert that Under-23 business is at a standstill, supposed coach Kalisto Pasuwa said a week before the Libya friendly date that he could not assemble a team because he was yet to be formally appointed by Zifa. Apart from Zifa’s financial problems to fulfill assignments, the Warriors’ low standing has a bearing on them attracting opponents for the Under-23 team. Another challenge at Zifa is their struggle to raise money to fly in overseas-based players.
Sport TheStandard September 14 to 20 2014 29 Boxing control board statutes archaic NatioNal Boxing Control Board shall not “register any person as a boxer or a wrestler who is not of the male sex.” World Boxing Council International and All Africa welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi (centre). By Michael Kariati The Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board is living in the past with an archaic act that does not recognise females as professional boxers. The law was enacted in 1956 and has not been amended since then. Chapter 8 section (11) of the Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Act says that the Zimbabwe National Boxing Control Board shall not “register any person as a boxer or a wrestler who is not of the male sex.” Standardsport has a copy of the act which does not in any way refer to females in any of its contents as outlined by the power of registration. “The board is empowered to issue certificates of registration authorising any person who has been registered as a boxer or wrestler to take part in tournaments in the capacity in which he has been so registered,” reads the act. The vice-president of the Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board Lorraine Muringi says they have taken note of the anomaly and have highlighted the issue with the ministry of sport that it can be tabled with the relevant parliamentary committee for a change of wording to include female boxers. “We have sought advice from the ministry of sport on how best we can handle the matter. The issue will be forwarded to parliament,” said Muringi. A legal practitioner said although the gender discrimination aspect of the act has fallen away due to the changes in the constitution, amendment to the act needed to be effected by parliament. “There are certain things that from the outset look very simple and easy. But changing the wording of the act to include female boxers would need a parliamentary sitting,” said the legal practitioner. efforts to get clarification from the chairman of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on education, Art, Sport, and Culture, Themba Mliswa, were unsuccessful as his mobile phone was constantly not reachable. Muringi said she was shocked that the situation had been allowed to continue like that 34 years after Zimbabwe was admitted to international sport. She said despite the act, they had con- Current boxing board boss Paul Nenjerama tinued to register female boxers as they inherited the registration process from the Richard hondo led board that had been in office from 1980 to 2012. Although there have been limited female boxing tournaments in the country, fighters such as Monalisa Sibanda and Patience Masitara have become regular fighters outside the country after getting clearance from the boxing controlling board. In fact, Sibanda went to the extent of challenging for the world title but fell short after she was knocked out in the sixth round by Zambia’s esther Phiri after she challenged the latter for her World International Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation light welterweight titles in 2012. Although female boxers have not been very successful on the international scene, Zimbabwean boxing in general has had its fair share of success. Zimbabwe has a World Boxing Council International and All Africa welterweight champion in the form of Charles Manyuchi. Gweru-based Langton “Schoolboy” Tinago won three Commonwealth titles at three different weight divisions in the 80s and was followed by Arifonso Zvenyika who also won the Commonwealth flyweight title in 1998. Prior to that, Zimbabwe had two All Africa champions in the form of the late Proud “Kilimanjaro” Chinembiri in the heavyweight category and Stix McLoud in the bantamweight division. Pamushana High School launches soccer academy By NyaMBira chivasa PAMuShANA high School has scored yet another first by launching the first ever soccer academy in Masvingo province. The school is known for its academic excellence as well as for excelling in sporting activities. The establishment of the soccer academy came as a result of continued calls by former students — some of whom have become renowned footballers — who believed coming up with an academy was the only way to tap and nurture raw talent that is in abundance in the province. “Coming up with a football academy at the school is the way to go. Funds realised from the academy will be used to develop soccer at the school, in the province and the entire country,” said Gabriel Nyoni, highlanders Football Club striker, a former Pamushana high School student. Recently, Masvingo province Youth Games select football team won gold, beating Bulawayo province at the 12th edition of the national event held at Mucheke. Team Masvingo was under the It all started at Pamushana High School . . . Highlanders striker Gabriel Nyoni guidance of Bernard Matenga of Pamushana high School while former Warriors gunslinger Agent sawu guided the Bulawayo province to the finals as well. In a statement, the school lamented that although they had moulded a number of players into premiership material and helped them secure football careers, the school had benefitted nothing in spite of investing so much in developing talent. “A number of families have benefitted extremely as soon as their Dream coming true . . . Johnson Madhuku children moved to greener pastures as they got development fees whenever a player joined any club while the school gets nothing from those deals. “The school continues to pump out a lot in this regard to other upcoming star players,” reads part of the release. however, the school has moved a step further in fulfilling Pamushana high School headmaster Johnson Madhuku’s dream of building a modern multi-purpose sporting arena at the school. A begging bowl is already in circulation to raise funds for the project. “It is our vision that any benefits, should they come our way, should assist the school in the development of talent for other youths. We also intend to build a stadium that meets modern and acceptable football standards. For all this to be possible, we need money,” the statement says. The school envisages a situation whereby they would join Division One as a school and get promoted into the Premier League. The Reformed Church in Zimbabwe establishment also envisaged being twined with other schools, soccer academies and clubs abroad to further develop talent. The academy is registered with Zifa. Its establishment came after realising that the school had churned out quite a number of soccer giants into the Zimbabwe Premier League, the likes of Artwell Mukandi, hasmania Ziso, Takudzwa Mahori, Simba Sithole and Gabriel Nyoni, to name just a few.